British citizens reminded of new rules

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Norway’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has been “reminding” British citizens this summer that they’ll now need to apply for residence permits if they want to live, work or study in Norway after January 1. Those already in Norway will retain their rights to residence, but will still have to apply for it and obtain a residence card after January 1.

The transition period since Britain officially left the EU on January 31 this year is drawing to a close. The UK is being treated during the transition period as if it’s a still member of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA). Norway is a member of the latter and thus has long allowed open access to all EU- and other EEA members.

From January 1, 2021, though, Britain will be treated as a country outside the EU/EEA and new would-be residents will thus be subject to Norway’s strict requirements for residency and work permission. Details are available on the website for Norway’s immigration agency (external link to Utlendingsdirektoratet, UDI).

Application procedures for residence cards for British citizens already in Norway will be available from January. For more details about Brexit implications for British citizens, click here (external link to the labour ministry).

newsinenglish.no staff