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  1. If you are a foreign national citizen who wishes to become Norwegian, see if you meet the requirements to be able to hold dual citizenship and see if you are eligible to apply for a Norwegian Citizenship:
  2. If you are eligible to apply for a Norwegian Citizenship, you'll simply have to follow steps to apply for a citizenship:
    1. Register your application for citizenship online through the Application Portal Norway:
    2. When you register your application online, you pay the fee at the same time and book an appointment to hand in necessary documents to the local police.
    3. Applicants who cannot register their applications online must fill in a form. The form must be handed in to the police together with necessary documents.
    4. In larger towns there is often a special police office for such requests. Please contact the police to ask where and when you can hand in the documents and application form. To contact the police:
    5. You pay the fee online when you register your application or to the police when you hand in the documents.
    6. Once your application has been submitted, the police will check if it has been completed correctly and that the papers are in order, and they will then send the case to the Directorate of Immigration for a decision.
    7. You will be automatically notified by post that the immigration authorities have received your application. The notification will contain information about the case-processing time.
    8. If your application for citizenship is rejected, you may appeal the decision. Appeals against rejections shall be sent to the same place you submitted the application. The Immigration Appeals Board is the appeal body.

Where a Norwegian citizen acquires another citizenship where the Norwegian citizenship is not lost, then that person holds a dual citizenship.

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Dual citizenship in case a foreign national citizen wishes to become Norwegian

If you wish to become a Norwegian citizen it is required as a principal rule that you renounce any other citizenship. In certain cases there are exemptions from this requirement, and double citizenship is allowed:

  • The legislation in the applicants former home country does not permit citizens to be released from their citizenship, or such release is deemed to be practically impossible.
  • The authorities in the former home country have rejected an application for release.
  • For reasons for personal safety, the applicant should not be required to contact the authorities of his or her former home country in order to apply for release.
  • More than one year has elapsed since Norwegian citizenship was granted or since the applicant reached the age at which it is possible to obtain release pursuant to the legislation of the former home country but the granting of release has not been documented, and the home country has provided no information as regards expected processing time. If it is known that the applicants former home country does not reply to applications for release from nationality, an exemption may be granted from the requirement regarding release in connection with the granting of Norwegian citizenship.
  • The authorities in the applicants former home country set unreasonably burdensome conditions for release. Whether the fee charged for release is unreasonably burdensome shall be assessed on the basis of ordinary income. If the fee exceeds four per cent of the applicants income, the release fee is deemed to be unreasonably burdensome. The same applies if the applicant is responsible for the care of children under 18 years of age, and the release fee, including any release fee for children, exceeds two per cent of the applicants income. However, a release fee of up to and including NOK 2,500 is not deemed to be unreasonably burdensome. In the case of orphans, any release fee is deemed to be unreasonably burdensome.


  • Where a child becomes a Norwegian citizen upon notification renouncement of citizenship is not required.
  • Although Norwegian law is based on the principle that dual citizenship is not acceptable, Norwegian authorities cannot answer for what legislation in your home country says about citizenship. For questions regarding your citizenship, you must addressed the relevant authorities in your home country, or the countrys embassy or High Commissioner in Norway or abroad.

Dual citizenship in case a Norwegian acquires another citizenship

A Norwegian citizen who has been granted citizenship in another country after he/she has applied for it, has given notification to be a citizen of another country or has explicitly agreed to be a citizen of another country automatically forfeits his/her Norwegian citizenship. This also applies in the case where a child becomes a citizen of another country as a result of the parents'/guardians' application, notification or agreement.

To know more about Loss of Norwegian citizenship by new citizenship:

Where a Norwegian citizen acquires another citizenship and the Norwegian citizenship is not lost, then double citizenship is allowed.


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Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

The UDI's case processing times always vary depending on the number of applications it receives. You will find links to pages with overviews of the expected case processing times for the different situation.

Can I request that my applications is given priority?

Most applicants would like their applications to be processed faster. To ensure equal treatment, we are not able to prioritize applications, unless there are special circumstances concerning the application that must be considered.

Some applications are processed by the police or the foreign service missions. Unfortunately, the Immigration Authority cannot give any general information about their case processing times. You can ask when you submit your application. The case is normally processed more quickly if the police or a foreign service mission is processing it.

When does the case processing time begin?

The case processing times given here state how long it will take from an application is submitted to the police or foreign service mission until we make a decision. The police or foreign service mission usually sends the application to the UDI within around one week. In some cases, however, applications can remain longer with the police or the foreign service mission. The case processing times may then be longer than stated.

  • NOTE: Most applicants want their cases processed as quickly as possible, the Immigration Authority request that you do not contact them to check the status of your case before the stated case processing time has been exceeded. That will allow them to spend more time processing cases instead of answering your enquiries.

Prioritization of cases

To ensure that applicants are treated as fairly as possible, the Immigration Authority will only prioritize an application if there are exceptional grounds for doing so. If you think that your case is exceptional, you must contact the UDI in writing (letter or email), so that we can assess whether your

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Need for the Document[edit]

Dual citizenship means that you are a citizen of more than one country. For example you may hold two citizenships, one through your mother and one through your father.

With dual citizenship, you have rights and obligations to two different states. If you renounce your previous citizenship, you will only have rights and obligations to Norway.

Rights in connection with dual citizenship:

  • You are entitled to have two passports. Norwegian permits will not, however, be stamped in your foreign passport since you are also a Norwegian citizen.
  • You are entitled to diplomatic protection and consular assistance from the authorities of both countries.
  • You will be regarded as a full Norwegian citizen on a par with other Norwegian citizens.

You must be aware that it may be difficult for Norwegian authorities to give you diplomatic protection if you are staying in the other country of which you are also a citizen.

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