Eligibility Requirements for Norwegian Citizenship

To become a Norwegian citizen, you must meet specific eligibility requirements. These requirements ensure that applicants are well-integrated into Norwegian society and committed to becoming citizens. Below are the key eligibility criteria:

Age Requirement

  • Minimum Age: You must be at least 18 years old to apply for Norwegian citizenship.

Residency Requirement

  • Continuous Residency: You must have lived in Norway for at least seven consecutive years with a valid residence permit.
  • Permits: Your residence permits must have been valid for the entire duration of your stay.
  • Reduced Residency Period: If you are married to, or in a registered partnership with, a Norwegian citizen, the residency requirement may be reduced to three years, provided you have lived together for at least three years.

Language Proficiency

  • Norwegian Language Test: You must demonstrate proficiency in the Norwegian language. This typically involves passing a language test (Norskprøve), which assesses your ability to speak, read, write, and understand Norwegian.
  • Exceptions: Certain exemptions may apply based on age, health, or other specific circumstances.

Social Studies Test

  • Knowledge of Society: You must pass a test in social studies, which covers Norwegian society, laws, and values. This is to ensure you have a basic understanding of the country’s social and political structure.

Financial Independence

  • Self-Sufficiency: You should be able to support yourself financially. This means that you should not have received social welfare benefits from the Norwegian government for a certain period before applying (usually the last 12 months).

Good Conduct and Clean Criminal Record

  • Criminal Record: You must have a clean criminal record. Any criminal activity or serious offenses may disqualify you from obtaining citizenship.
  • Good Conduct: You should demonstrate good conduct and a willingness to integrate into Norwegian society.

Dual Citizenship

  • Dual Citizenship Permitted: As of January 1, 2020, Norway allows dual citizenship, meaning you can retain your original citizenship while becoming a Norwegian citizen. However, you should check the laws of your original country regarding dual citizenship.

Special Cases

  • Refugees and Stateless Persons: Different rules may apply to refugees and stateless persons. They may have different residency requirements or other specific conditions.
  • Children: Children under 18 can apply for citizenship along with their parents or independently if they meet certain conditions.

Documentation Required

To prove your eligibility, you will need to provide various documents, including but not limited to:

  • Valid Passport: A copy of your current passport.
  • Residence Permits: Copies of all residence permits you have held during your stay in Norway.
  • Language Test Certificate: Proof of passing a Norwegian language test.
  • Social Studies Test Certificate: Proof of passing the social studies test.
  • Proof of Residency: Documentation showing your continuous residence in Norway.
  • Employment Records: Proof of employment and financial independence.
  • Criminal Record Certificate: A police certificate from Norway and any other country you have lived in.


Meeting these eligibility requirements is crucial for a successful application for Norwegian citizenship. Ensure that you gather all necessary documentation and meet all criteria before submitting your application. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, always refer to the official Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website or contact UDI directly.

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