New Immigrant in Norway
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Grounds for residency

There are many different types of residence permits for foreigners living in Norway. The following are the four most common ones:

  • Right to residence in Norway for EU/EEA/EFTA citizens
    Citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries are not required to apply for a residence permit, but must register for residency. This can be done online, after which the person must register at the police station.
  • Residence permit for refugees for humanitarian considerations or personal ties to Norway (humanitarian basis)
    Those exposed to persecution or in danger of it in their homeland can apply for protection (asylum) in Norway. The individual must seek asylum personally at the police station in Norway to apply for protection. The Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektorat) handles the application. Some refugees arrive in Norway directly through the UN system.
  • Those with family in Norway or who wish to start a family with a person residing in Norway can apply for a family immigration permit.
    There are a number of requirements that apply for the person living in Norway (sponsor). He or she must have a home and be able to support the family. In most cases, the application is submitted to a Norwegian embassy abroad.
  • Work/residence permit
    There are many different types of residence permits for foreigners wanting to work in Norway.


Residence permit

Different countries have different rules for who is allowed to reside in the country. It is the authorities who decide who is granted a residence permit and who is not.

It is the responsibility of every individual to make sure that he or she has a valid residence permit for the country in which they live. Immigrants living in Norway are therefore required to apply for a residence permit if required, and to renew their residence permit when necessary.