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How to replace a Norwegian residence card if you lose it 

Accidents happen, and if you misplace your Norwegian residence card, it'd be handy to know how to get a replacement. 

A mockup of a residence card.
This is what you need to do if you need to replace your residence card. Pictured is a mockup of a residence card. Photo provided by the UDI.

As a foreign resident in Norway, your residence permit or card, which is essentially proof of legal residence, will become nearly as important as your driving licence or passport. 

Should you lose it, or it gets damaged or stolen, then you’ll need to replace it. 

Thankfully we’ve put together a guide on what to do if you can’t find your residence card or you need a replacement. 

If you lose your card in Norway

If you are in Norway when you need to replace your residence card, then you will need to head to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (UDI) website, where you’ll have the option to order a new card. 

If the card has been lost, damaged or stolen, then you’ll be required to pay a 300 kroner fee. You’ll pay for the card when you order a new one. 

Please note that only non-EU/EEA nationals are eligible to replace a residence card. 

Once on the UDI site, you’ll be asked to fill out an application, and there will be a checklist based on your situation. 

To fill out the application, you will need to have your DUF number handy. The DUF number is your registration number stored in the UDI’s system. Everyone who applies for residence will be issued a DUF number. 

UDI application portal.
Pictured is the UDI’s application portal. Please note that this is what the application looks like for a British resident, and it may look different for other nationals.

The number begins with the year of your first application and can be found on any documents relating to your residence in Norway. 

In addition to your DUF number, the form will also require information on your residence permit type, and your contact details. 

You will then pick the police station where to order your new card from. This will need to be in the municipality or police district where you live. 

Signed cover letter and your appointment

One thing which can trip people up is the mention of a signed cover letter a few times throughout the process.

Luckily, this isn’t something you will need to search for or write yourself. Once you’ve booked your appointment with the police, you’ll be sent a form that you need to sign via email. You will need to bring this form, which is the signed cover letter that the UDI checklist refers to with you to the appointment.

Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll be sent a form that you need to sign via email. You will need to bring this form, as it’s the signed cover letter that the UDI checklist refers to. You will also need to bring a valid passport and your old passport if you have received a new one in the previous four years. 

After your appointment, your card will be sent to your address within ten days. You will need to list your address as it is on your postbox, meaning you will need to include your cohabitants.

If you lose your residence card while abroad

If you lose your residence permit while abroad, you will need to get in touch with the Embassy of the country you are currently in

If you have lost a residence card, you will need to sign a detailed explanation of how the residence card was lost or stolen, when it left your possession and when you left Norway and any other countries you have travelled to since departing Norway. 

You will then need to go to an application centre run by VFS to submit your application. 

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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?