Why are Norwegian immigration authorities writing to British residents?

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has begun sending out letters to Brits in Norway. Here’s why.

Why are Norwegian immigration authorities writing to British residents?
This is why the UDI will begin sending letters to British residents in Norway. Photo by Bit Cloud on Unsplash

Over the next two months, Brits in Norway will begin receiving letters and emails from the UDI.

The letters will be sent to all British residents registered in Norway’s database of foreign nationals and will remind them to apply for a residence permit under the Brexit regulations.

Brits in Norway have until December 31st to apply for a Brexit residence permit under the separation agreement.

The rights of Brits who were living in Norway under the previous rules before the UK left the EU will be protected under the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement. This grants British residents the right to continue living, working, and studying in Norway in the same way they did before Brexit.

UK nationals who were not legal residents of Norway before December 31st 2020, must apply for a residence permit from the UDI as a third-country national (non-EU citizen) if they want to continue living in Norway.

All Brits in Norway, even those who already have permanent residence, will need to obtain a new residence card under the Norwegian Brexit regulations.

READ ALSO: What is the most common problem for Brits in Norway applying for post-Brexit residency?

Those who have already applied or obtained residence under the new Brexit rules can ignore the letter. They should have (or will do, for recent applicants) instructions from their local police station. These just need to be followed.

Anyone yet to apply must do so on the UDI’s online portal. Once they have applied, the police will contact them about their application and book an appointment to provide documentation such as ID or work contracts depending on their situation. Once the application has been processed, and the police appointment has been completed, the residence card should arrive in the post shortly after.

The UDI has also asked UK nationals to remind their fellow Brits of the upcoming deadline. 

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Why your Norwegian family immigration application may be rejected, and how to avoid it 

Applications for family residence permits in Norway can be long and arduous. These are the most common reasons why they are turned down and what you can do to avoid it. 

Why your Norwegian family immigration application may be rejected, and how to avoid it 

Last year, more than 15,000 people moved to Norway for family reasons. Of those, more than 4,000 were EEA citizens who registered with the police, while 10,197 permits for family immigration were granted. 

Residence permits for family reasons are generally issued to those from countries outside the European Economic Area or EEA (EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway), while those moving to Norway to be with family are required to register with the police as living in Norway.

Family immigration permits are issued based on the applicant’s relative being a Nordic citizen or having legal residence or asylum in Norway. The applicants are usually the partner or spouse, child or parent, sibling, or in some cases, another relative of someone living in Norway.

READ ALSO: How many people move to Norway for family reasons, and where do they come from?

However, not all applications for a residence permit are accepted, and as an application fee is involved, it would be handy to know the most common reasons why applicants aren’t granted residence to be with a family member, partner or spouse. 

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has provided The Local with the most common reasons it turns down applications. 

Age requirements for the spouse or partner not being met

To move to Norway to be with a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or fiancé, several requirements will need to be met. 

Generally, the reference person (the one living in Norway) will need to earn above a certain amount of money, plan on living together, and the relationship should be genuine. If you are not married or engaged, you will need to have lived together for at least two years. 

READ MORE: What are the rules for moving to Norway to be with a partner? 

In addition, the applicant and reference partner will need to be over 24 years old when applying. This applies regardless of whether you are married, engaged or live together. 

According to the UDI, the age requirements for spouses not being met is one of the most common reasons why applications for family immigration permits are turned down. 

Children do not meet the full criteria

As with all applications for residence in Norway, all the criteria outlined by the UDI must be met to be granted a permit. 

Children not meeting all the criteria needed to be with parents was also one of the more common stumbling blocks, according to the UDI. 

Applications for children to be with parents in Norway can be tricky, and a number of factors can affect the requirements. 

Typically, the child will need to undergo an identity check, and both parents must consent to the move if custody is shared, the reference person must be a Norwegian citizen or hold a valid residence permit. In addition, the parent must earn at least 300,988 kroner per year before taxes. The income from the year before must also meet this threshold. 

Parents must have also not received any help from NAV in the past 12 months either. 

If you do not meet these requirements, your application will be turned down. To read more about the criteria, you can click here.

Maintenance requirements for family members aren’t met 

Being a relative of someone living or working in Norway typically isn’t a sufficient enough reason to have a work permit application approved. A number of other requirements will need to be met, and the rules for those over 18 applying to live with relatives are much tighter than those moving to be with a relative under 18. 

Additionally, applications for relatives that aren’t the parent or child of the reference person are likely to be rejected. 

For those wishing to move to Norway to be with their family members, one of the most common issues is the maintenance or minimum income requirements being met. 

As with other residence applications, the reference person will need to earn 300,988 kroner per year before taxes. This threshold applies to all family applications. 

READ ALSO: What are the rules for moving to Norway to be with family?