Requirement to financially provide for yourself in order to be eligible for a permanent residence permit


If you are between 18 and 67 years of age and are applying for a permanent residence permit, you must have earned your own income during the last 12 months.

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What has your income been in the last 12 months?: less than NOK 296 550

In order to fulfil the requirement to financially support yourself, you must normally have had an income of 

NOK 296 550

 during the last 12 months before you hand in the application to the police.

Can you fulfil the requirement to financially support yourself if you have not earned enough?

If your income has been less than 

NOK 296 550

 during the last 12 months, you will only meet the requirement if you have held a full-time job for the last 12 months and you were payed the legal minimum wages, even if this is less than 

NOK 296 550

.

Can you be exempted from the requirement to financially support yourself?

You do not need to meet the requirement for income, if you are in one of the following situations:

For the last twelve months or the last two semesters you have

  • participated in primary school or upper secondary education with youth rights and is under 25 years of age or turns 25 before 1 July this year.
  • participated in primary school or upper secondary education as part of the introductory program.
  • participated in upper secondary education as a labor market measure under the auspices of NAV.
  • been a full-time student in higher education. It is a condition that the educational institution is approved by the Loan Fund (Lånekassen) and qualifies for a student loan or scholarship.
  • been a full-time student in higher education through measures from NAV.

The exception for students in upper secondary education also includes apprentices in companies who have participated in teaching in upper secondary school prior to the period as apprentices in companies.

There are also exceptions if:

  • you receive disability benefits from NAV
  • you have been granted an independent residence permit because you have been abused by your spouse or cohabitant
  • you are ill or have an injury that has meant that you have not been able to work, or have only been able to work less than 50 percent, in the last 12 months

UDI may also consider whether you can be exempted from the requirements if you can document that it is very unreasonable to require you to support yourself financially. Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Do you not meet the requirement?

If you do not meet the requirement and are not in one of the groups that do not need to meet the requirement, you should wait before you to apply for a permanent residence permit.

If your current residence permit will expire before you meet the requirement, you must instead renew your current residence permit. Please remember to apply in plenty of time before your residence permit expires.

If you apply for a permanent residence permit even though you do not meet the requirements, the application may be rejected. If it is rejected, UDI or the police will renew your residence permit instead, if you fulfil the requirements for this. 

 

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