Information about the identity clarification programme for Iraqis

The deadline for participating in the identity clarification programme has now expired.

Published: 13.11.2018 - Last changed: 29.09.2022

Iraqis who have a residence permit in Norway even though there has been doubt about their identity and want to become Norwegian citizens, could until 1 September 2020 apply to participate in an identity clarification programme. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to apply to participate in this programme.


As of 1 October 2022, 351 participants in the programme have had their identities verified, and most of these have had their applications for Norwegian citizenship processed. 294 cases remain to be verified.

We will update this information on the first day of every month.

Many of you contact us to ask about your case

Although the verifications take a long time, we are experiencing that more cases are being verified than before. It is nevertheless a fact that a long time has passed since the program started, and there are therefore many people who contact us and ask about the status and progress of their case. We fully understand that the long waiting time is demanding for you who participate in the programme. We are also aware that it creates practical challenges, such as with identification, Bank ID and travel abroad.

Since it is the verification itself that takes a long time, and we cannot provide detailed information about the verification process and how long it will take, it is difficult for us to give a satisfactory answer as to how long you will have to wait. We apologize for this inconvenience.

It is not necessary for you to contact us to request an answer, as we cannot give you more information than what you can read here. We will contact you if we need more documents from you or as soon as your case is finished.

Information about the programme

  • Who could apply to take part in the programme?

  • Who could not apply to take part in the programme?

  • You cannot leave Norway while you are waiting for your identity to be changed

  • What happens after you have applied?

  • How long must you wait?

  • What consequences will it have for you if your identity is clarified and changed?

  • Have you taken part in the pilot programme?

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