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Norway Simplifies Permanent Residency for Foreigners in 3 Years

Norway Simplifies Permanent Residency for Foreigners in 3 Years

Norway Simplifies Permanent Residency for Foreigners in 3 Years

Norway Simplifies Permanent Residency for Foreigners in 3 Years

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  • Norway has removed the financial support requirement for obtaining permanent residence permits.
  • Permanent residence permits allow individuals to live and work in Norway indefinitely.
  • Recipients of permanent residence permits will receive a residence card valid for two years as proof of their status.
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Norway has recently made significant changes to its immigration policies, particularly regarding the process of obtaining permanent residence permits. On April 18, the Norwegian government abolished the financial support requirement for acquiring a permanent residence permit, making it easier for people to live and settle in the country.

Previously, individuals aged between 18 and 67 seeking permanent residence permits were required to demonstrate financial independence for the previous 12 months. This involved showing a stable income and refraining from receiving government financial assistance. However, the recent amendment eliminates the need to prove financial independence under the Social Services Act, while the requirement of maintaining a steady income remains in place.

A permanent residence permit grants individuals the right to reside and work in Norway indefinitely. To be eligible, applicants must have held a valid residence permit in Norway for at least three years and meet additional criteria as specified by Norwegian immigration authorities.

Upon approval, recipients of permanent residence permits will receive a residence card valid for two years, serving as proof of their permanent resident status. This update also includes a shift from endorsing permits with stickers affixed to passports to issuing dedicated residence cards.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is currently updating guidelines related to language training requirements for individuals granted residence permits after January 1, 2021. However, these revised guidelines do not yet apply to those who received permits before this date.

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Accepted sources of income for meeting the financial criteria include earnings from employment, business income, pension payments, sickness benefits, loans, grants related to education, and introduction benefits. Additionally, financial assistance, such as pocket money or funds for essential needs like medical expenses and educational materials, remains available for individuals facing financial hardship during their stay in Norway.

Overall, these changes in Norway’s immigration policies aim to streamline the process of obtaining permanent residency for foreigners and facilitate their integration into Norwegian society.

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