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Norwegian language requirement

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Right and obligation to Norwegian language instruction

Some immigrants have the right and obligation to attend instruction in Norwegian and social studies.

This applies to:

  • Refugees
  • Persons who hold a residence permit on humanitarian grounds
  • Persons subject to public protection
  • Person reunited with a family member who falls under one of the above groups
  • Person reunited with a family member who is a Norwegian or Nordic citizen
  • Person reunited with a family member who holds a permanent residence permit

Only persons ages 16-67 years have the right and obligation to participate in Norwegian language instruction.

These rights and obligations mean that these groups are required to complete 600 hours of instruction. Of these hours, 50 must be for instruction in social studies in a language that the participant understands. It is also possible to be granted a limited number of free hours of Norwegian language instruction. These hours are granted according to need and may not exceed a total of 3,000 hours.

Obligation to attend Norwegian language instruction

Some individuals do not have the right to free tuition, but are required to complete 300 hours of instruction in the Norwegian language and social studies in order to obtain permanent residency.
This applies to:

  • Migrant workers from countries outside the EEA/EFTA regions
  • Persons who travel to the country to be reunited with a family member belonging to this group

Neither right nor obligation to Norwegian language instruction

Some individuals have neither the right nor obligation to free Norwegian language instruction. This applies to:

  • Students
  • Au pairs and other temporary working immigrants
  • Scandinavian citizens
  • Persons with residency status based on EFTA/EEA regulations

Facts

Norwegian language courses

All those living in Norway should speak and understand Norwegian. Norwegian society expects everyone to participate in community life and that most people will obtain employment and will provide for themselves. Most municipalities offer Norwegian language courses. Private courses are also offered in most areas. Some immigrants are offered free Norwegian language instruction by the municipality, while others are required to pay. This depends on the type of residence permit the person holds.

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