Waiting times for Norwegian citizenship for convicted persons and people who have been fined


If you have been convicted or fined by the police for a criminal offence, you have to wait longer to become a Norwegian citizen. This is called a 'disqualification period'.

Who has to wait longer?

You do not have to wait longer to become a Norwegian citizen if you

  • have been issued a fixed penalty notice
  • have been issued a parking ticket
  • have participated in mediation in the Norwegian Mediation Service
  • have been suspected of or charged in a criminal case and the case has been dropped, or it was decided not to bring charges.

You have to wait longer to become a Norwegian citizen if you

  • have been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of ten days or more
  • have been sentenced to community service lasting ten days or more
  • have been sentenced for youth penelty lasting ten days or more
  • have been fined by the police (and the fine states that the 'alternative prison sentence' is ten days or more)
  • have been sentenced by a court to undergo enforced psychiatric treatment or care for ten days or more
  • is sentenced to long term custody of 10 days or more
  • are under investigation by the police or have been charged in a case that has not been decided yet
  • if you have been senteced and have not served the prison sentence, or have endured probation yet.

How long do you have to wait? 

The disqualification period starts from when you were sentenced or accepted the fine. 

The prison sentence (or the 'alternative prison sentence' stated in the fine) Disqualification period (the period you have to wait after you were sentenced or accepted the fine) Disqualification period calculated after 1 June 2020
10 to 15 days 2 years 2,5 years
Up to 20 days 2 years 3 years
Up to 90 days 3 years 5 years
Up to 6 months 3.5 years 6,5 years
Up to 1 year 4.5 years 8 years
Up to 2 years 6 years 10 years
Up to 3 years 7.5 years 12 years
Up to 4 years 9 years 13,5 years
Up to 5 years 10.5 years 15 years
Up to 6 years 12 years 16,5 years
Up to 7 years 13.5 years 18 years
Up to 8 years  15 years 19,5 years
Up to 9 years  16.5 years 21 years
Up to 10 years 18 years 22,5 years
Up to 11 years 19.5 years 24 years
Up to 12 years 21 years 25,5 years
Up to 13 years 22.5 years 27 years
Up to 14 years 24 years 28,5 years
Up to 15 years 25.5 years 30 years
Up to 17 years 27years 31,5 years
Up to 18 years 28.5years 33 years
Up to 19 years 30 years 34,5 years
Up to 20 years 31.5 years 36 years
Up to and including 21 years 34.5 years 39 years

If you are charged with or are put under investigation for a criminal offence

If you are charged with or are put under investigation for a criminal offence while your application is being processed, the case processing will be suspended. Once the criminal case has been decided, you must yourself contact your local police district and request that the processing of your application be resumed.

If you have been convicted or fined several times

If you have been convicted or fined several times, you have to wait for an extra long period.

This is how we calculate the disqualification period: We use the most recent disqualification period (the disqualification period that last expires) as the basis for the calculation and add half the disqualification period for each of your old convictions.

If you were sentenced to fines and imprisonment in the same court case, you have to add together the prison sentence and the alternative prison sentence stated in the fine. You then use the total number of days, months or years to find your disqualification period in the table. 

If you have been convicted abroad 

If you have been convicted or fined abroad, you will be given the same disqualification period as you would have been given if convicted in Norway.

This does not apply if the offence you have been convicted of is not a criminal offence in Norway.

If you were given a stricter sentence than the maximum sentence for the same offence in Norway, your disqualification period will be based on the maximum sentence you could have been given in Norway.

If you haven't completed your prison sentence

Even if your prison time has expired, you will not be able to obtain Norwegian citizenship if you have not completed your prison sentence or the probation for a conditional prison sentence has expired. Then you have to wait until the sentence is completed or your probation has expired.

If you applied for citizenship before 1 June 2020

If you applied for citizenship before 1 June 2020, the waiting period in the left column applies to you. If you submitted your application to the police on 1 June 2020 or later, the waiting time in the column to the right applies.

If you have been denied a citizenship because a criminal offense in the past

If your citizenship application have been denied in the past because of punishable circumstances and you have not been punished again, you will not have to wait longer for the same punishable circumstances, even if you re-apply on 1 June 2020 or later.

If you are punished again after you last calculated the waiting time, your total waiting time will be longer. Then the rules in the far right table apply, and you add half the waiting time for each of your old judgments as well.

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