Citizenship delays frustrate applicants

Permanent foreign residents now eligible for dual citizenship in Norway have become surprised, frustrated and even angry over how difficult and time-consuming the process has turned out to be. Lengthy delays at the state police unit dealing with immigration issues are also dashing applicants’ hopes of being able to vote for the first time in next […]

Norwegian language exam cancelled

The written portion of the Norwegian language exam that immigrants much pass in order to secure citizenship was cancelled this week because of technical problems. The cancellation affects 14,000 immigrants who’d been studying hard. “There have been some log-in problems in many parts of the country,” Gørild Steen, rector of the Skullerud Adult Education program […]

Record number became Norwegian citizens

A total of 21,600 people obtained Norwegian citizenship last year, setting a new record by a wide margin. The number of officially new Norwegians was up by nearly 8,000 over 2016. Fully 80 percent (18,200) of those who applied for and received Norwegian citizenship come from countries outside Europe. That’s not so unusual, since residents […]

Many flunk citizenship test

Fully a third of all immigrants in Norway who apply for citizenship flunk the required test. Around 6,000 people took the test last year, and far from all of them were granted Norwegian passports. The citizenship test became obligatory last January, so the results for 2017 are the first available. Gina Lund, director of the […]

Listhaug to tighten citizenship rules

Norway’s controversial immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, is back on the job after a brief maternity leave and keen to make it even more difficult for foreigners to settle in Norway and become Norwegian citizens. Now she wants to raise residence requirements from the current seven years, to 10. “Norwegian citizenship shall be difficult to attain,” […]

Christian Democrats help rein in UDI

Norway’s Christian Democrats party has gone along with forming a majority in Parliament that will stop state immigration agency UDI from revoking citizenship granted to immigrants on false premises. Only the courts will be able to revoke citizenship in the future. The move means that both the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkepartiet, KrF) and the Liberals (Venstre) are breaking […]

Alarms ring over rejected refugees

UPDATED: Never before has so much concern been expressed over the fate of mostly teenage boys who have fled Afghanistan, made their way to Norway and then seen their asylum applications rejected. Prime Minister Erna Solberg is under pressure to help them, and halt efforts to send them and others whose citizenship has been challenged […]

Sp keen to exclude resident foreigners

Norway’s rural-oriented Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) presented two key portions of its election platform on Friday that opponents claim will “punish” foreigners who have residence permission in Norway but don’t hold Norwegian citizenship. The party itself also stands to gain more power on at least one of the proposals, but claims it’s only trying to make […]

Liberals support dual citizenship

Norway’s Liberal Party (Venstre), one of the government’s two support parties in Parliament, wants to make it easier for foreigners who have settled in Norway to become Norwegian citizens while retaining their original citizenship. Dual citizenship would also be welcomed by native Norwegians who were forced to give up their Norwegian passports when they settled abroad. At […]

Royals attend new citizenship ceremony

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit took part in the latest ceremony to honour new Norwegian citizens over the weekend. The ceremony, held as usual at Oslo’s City Hall, formally welcomed 399 people who’ve recently been granted citizenship. It also attracted hundreds of families and friends of the new citizens, all of whom were […]