To be issued a residence card, you must go to the police in the place where you live. You have to book an appointment in advance.
If you are under the age of 18, your parents/guardian must accompany you to the police.
You can call your local police district to book an appointment. You cannot call UDI to book an appointment.
The police will take your fingerprints and photo, and will then order your residence card.
It will take at least 20 working days from your appointment with the police until you receive the card in the post.
Please check that you are registered with the correct postal address and that your name is on your letter box. If not, the card will not reach you. If the card is lost in the mail, it will take another ten working days until you can get a new one.
If you are planning trips to abroad, you should therefore make sure there is plenty of time between your appointment with the police and your planned departure date.
A residence card is a plastic card in credit card format that proves that you have been granted a residence permit in Norway. The police will order a residence card for you.
If you are applying from Norway, you may be able to get a residence card without meeting with the police again. If this applies to you, the police will send you the residence card in the mail, and you do not need to book an appointment. Read below who must meet with the police to get a residence card.
If you have applied for asylum for the first time with the police, the police contact you and give an appointment. You must meet with the police, but you do not have to book an appointment yourself.
You must book an appointment to get a residence card.
You must book an appointment if you have a Norwegian alien's passport or travel document for refugees that has expired and that you have not already given to the police.
You should not book an appointment if you handed in your old travel document to the police when you applied. The police will send the residence card to you in the mail.
Booking an appointment in the Application Portal:
If you used the Application Portal to register your application, you can now log in here to book the appointment (external website).
Booking an appointment by phone:
If you did not use the Application Portal when you applied for a residence permit, you must instead call your local police district to book an appointment. You cannot call UDI to book an appointment.
The police will order a National ID number for you. You do not have to do anything to get this.
To find out whether or not your family members can apply to come and live with you in Norway, you must read the decision from UDI. The decision will state whether or not there is a possibility for family immigration.
If there is a possibility for this, you can read more about which family members can apply to come and live with you in Norway on our pages on family immigration.
To open a bank account in Norway, you must have the following:
Examples of valid identification are:
The bank may ask for additional valid identification documents, or further documentation of your identity, before they are able to give you a bank account. This is because they have to be certain of who you are.
See further information from Finance Norway on how to open a bank account or how to obtain a bank card (external website).
In some cases, you may lose your residence permit.
Losing a permit means that UDI has decided that the residence permit is no longer valid. It may mean that you are no longer allowed to live in Norway or that you will be granted a new residence permit, and your residence period in Norway will restart.
There may be different reasons why you lose your residence permit, for example, if you:
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