Permanent Residence Permit
With a permanent residence permit you can stay here even though you experience periods without a job.
EU and EEA citizens
After five years of residency in Norway, it is possible for EEA nationals and their non-EEA national’s family to apply for permanent right of residence.
After minimum three years of residency in Norway, it is possible to apply for permanent residency permit. However, you will also have to fulfil certain requirements:
- You must have stayed in Norway for the past three years and have held residence permits that form the basis for a permanent residence permit, and still hold one when you apply for a permanent residence permit.
- You must have lived here for at least three years. Holidays and a certain amount of research stays are permitted, this is what udi says fulfil the requirements for having resided in Norway continuously for the past three years.
- You cannot have been convicted of a criminal offence or been ordered to undergo enforced psychiatric treatment or care (applies if you are over the age of 15).
- You (age between 16 and 55) must normally have completed mandatory tuition in the Norwegian language and social studies and pass the concluding tests, or document that you have been granted exemptions by the municipality
Renewing your residence card
Family members of EU/EEA citizens who are not EU/EEA citizens themselves, with a permanent right of residence, will have a residence card as a proof of this right. This card is valid for ten years at a time and can be renewed.
NON-EU/EEA citizens with a permanent residence permit will get a residence card valid for two years, and needs to renew it before the card expires.