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How long do you have to wait to re-apply for Norwegian citizenship after being rejected

Has your Norwegian citizenship application been rejected? Here's what you need to know about waiting times and appeal options.

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If you don’t agree with the rejection of your citizenship application, you are at liberty to appeal it. Photo by Richard Saunders / Unsplash

Norway has different requirements in place for Norwegian citizenship applicants based on multiple factors, such as age, when the person in question came to the country, how much they earn and who they’re married to.

All of these factors can affect how long one must live in Norway before one can apply for citizenship.

Once you’ve finally applied for citizenship, it’s up to the Immigration Directorate (UDI) to reach a decision in your case.

While the process related to positive replies is quite straightforward, what happens if your Norwegian citizenship application is rejected?

How many times can I re-apply – and what should I do?

First things first – know that you can re-apply for citizenship if your first application has been rejected.

As senior adviser to the press Oda Gilleberg at the UDI told The Local, “a person may re-apply after their application has been rejected. There is no upper limit to how many times a person may re-apply.”

The actual waiting time for re-applying differs based on individual circumstances. You will find the requirements that you need to meet before you can re-apply in the rejection letter that you got from the UDI.

Gilleberg pointed out that one must make sure that one meets all the stated requirements before applying again.

“The applicant should read the rejection (letter) thoroughly, as the rejection (letter) will give important information regarding the requirements that have to be met before re-applying. One should not re-apply before all the requirements are met,” she noted.

Essentially, depending on why you were rejected will determine how long you need to wait to reapply. To understand when you can reapply, you will need to understand more about the requirements for citizenship.

Requirement examples

As stated beforehand, there are multiple requirements that one needs to meet in order to get one’s Norwegian citizenship application approved.

One such requirement is Norwegian language proficiency. As of October 1st 2022, applicants must pass an oral Norwegian language test at the B1 level of proficiency.

You can find out more about what the B1 level entails here.

So, for example, if you fail to meet the language level requirement, you can apply for citizenship again once you reach the required level of proficiency.

Another example of why your Norwegian citizenship application might get rejected is that the documentation you submitted was too old or expired (e.g., police certificates, ID documents, etc.). In such cases, you can re-apply after you get the required up-to-date documents.

If you applied for Norwegian citizenship despite not meeting the requirement for residency time (you can find out more about the residency rules that apply here, in Norwegian), know that you’ll have to wait to re-apply until you’ve resided in Norway for the required period of time.

If you have any questions regarding your individual case, make sure to reach out to the UDI directly. You can find their contact information here.

Appeal options – and an important deadline

Remember, if you don’t agree with the rejection of your citizenship application, you are at liberty to appeal it. In such cases, you will need to thoroughly document that you meet the requirements.

“If the applicant does not agree with the rejection and is in a position to document that they, in fact, fulfil all the requirements, they may appeal the decision,” Gilleberg confirmed.

She also accentuated that appeals must be sent to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration within three weeks of receiving the rejection.

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What you need to know about Norway’s citizenship ceremony

After your application to become a Norwegian citizen has been approved, you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony. Before attending, you should know a few things about the event.

What you need to know about Norway’s citizenship ceremony

Norwegian citizenship is the culmination of years of living in the country, learning the language to the required level, passing the social studies or citizenship test, and meeting the other various requirements.

Especially since dual citizenship was introduced, becoming Norwegian is a very attractive prospect. For starters, after so long living and working in the country, you may feel like you identify with the country. Furthermore, there is also the prospect of having the same rights and entitlements as a fully-fledged citizen compared to those of a temporary or permanent residence holder. 

What happens after you are granted Norwegian citizenship?

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) will confirm in writing by mail or Digipost (a digital mailbox for public services) that your application has been successful.

From there, you must wait a week so the National Population Register can be updated to reflect that you are a Norwegian citizen. Once a week has passed, and the population database is updated, you will need to book an appointment with the police to order a Norwegian passport.

At some point after this, you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.

What is a citizenship ceremony?

The ceremony is an event which takes the time to celebrate those who have obtained Norwegian citizenship.

Think of it as a graduation ceremony without the fear of student loans or what to do with the rest of your life looming over you.

The ceremony is only for those 12 and older who are granted Norwegian citizenship. Ceremonies are organised by the County Governor, meaning the event you attend will be for all new citizens in, say, Oslo or Viken County if that is the county you live in when you are granted Norwegian citizenship.

The county governor typically sends invitations to the event. Once you receive the invitation, you will be required to register for the event.

What happens?

Registration is completely voluntary, and your Norwegian citizenship has already been granted, meaning you aren’t required to attend to get a Norwegian passport. Likewise, you aren’t required to buy tickets for the event, and you are normally allowed to bring guests too.

Citizenship ceremonies are held for new citizens a few times a year and usually take place in halls and arenas due to there being hundreds or thousands in attendance. In many cases, the event will come a few months and up to a couple of years after you have already been granted citizenship. 

Typically, the biggest counties will have the largest ceremonies as they have the most new citizens. Still, this isn’t to say that ceremonies in the smaller counties aren’t a special event.

A government official or dignitary, usually the County Governor, will take proceedings, and many more will be in attendance. Typically a number of speeches will be given to recognise the contribution of new citizens and immigrants to Norway and thank those in attendance for choosing to become Norwegian citizens.

Some ceremonies will also feature cultural performances and music. Typically, those in attendance receive a gift book about Norway and food and refreshments are served. In larger ceremonies, the food and refreshments may be a lot more limited. You can expect the usual pageantry that accompanies celebrations of Norwegianess, meaning plenty of bunads (national costumes worn on special occasions) and flags.  

During the ceremony, attendees will be invited to sing verses from the national anthem. According to the UDI, there will also be an opportunity to swear a vow of allegiance to Norway. However, as the ceremony is entirely voluntary, there is no need to worry about having your passport confiscated if you don’t participate.