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READER QUESTION: Do you need to cancel your residency when moving from Norway? 

How do you cancel your residency when leaving Norway – and do you even need to do so? The Local looks into the rules. 

Pictured is a Norwegian flag.
Here's what happens to your residency if you plan on leaving Norway. Pictured is a Norwegian flag. Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash

Question: I am leaving Norway after several years of living here. Do I need to cancel my residency? If so, can you advise me on how to go about doing this?

To live and work in Norway legally, you will need to either hold a residence card or register yourself as living in Norway if you intend on staying more than 90 days.  

Do foreign nationals need to deregister as a resident, and under which circumstances? And how do you go about doing cancelling your residency?

When you leave Norway for a period of six months or more, you are required to inform the Norwegian Tax Administration. This applies if you are leaving for a country outside the Nordics. If you are moving to a Nordic country, you report the move to the country you are going to. 

When you move to other countries, you must tell the Norwegian Tax Administration no later than 14 days before your departure. In addition, you will need to submit a copy of valid identification, such as a copy of your passport, along with the documents. You can view the documents here

The tax administration doesn’t outline any consequences if you fail to do so. However, one practical consequence is that the population register will continue to have the address you are moving from, meaning mail will be sent there rather than to your new home. 

In terms of cancelling your residency with immigration authorities, you don’t need to do this. 

Instead, your residency will lapse when you spend a certain amount of time outside of Norway. For example, if your current residence allows you to spend six months outside of Norway in 12 months, your residence will lapse once the six-month mark has passed. 

Those with permanent residence can spend much longer out of Norway and can even apply to keep their residence in the event that they will be spending more than two years outside. 

If you are a dual citizen, then you are able to travel to and from Norway without any risk of losing your residence rights. 

But you will be expected to inform the tax administration of your move. 

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Norway’s UDI uncovers use of fake diplomas in hundreds of work permit applications

Several hundred fake education certificates and diplomas were used in fraudulent Norwegian work permit applications, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has revealed.

Norway’s UDI uncovers use of fake diplomas in hundreds of work permit applications

For the majority who hail from outside the EEA, the main way to be able to live and work in Norway legally is by holding a residence permit.

The most common of these for workers without a Norwegian partner is the work permit. These are awarded to individuals who have been offered a job by an employer which requires specific qualifications to be carried out, such as a university degree or vocational education diploma.

Norway’s immigration authority, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UD), last year uncovered hundreds of work permit applications that were submitted with fraudulent documentation, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reports.

These came in the form of counterfeit education certificates used to demonstrate the applicant is qualified for the job offered.

The immigration authority first detected the use of fake paperwork when it received an abnormally large number of applications from Turkish nationals claiming to be trained chefs. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the applicants had issued bogus certificates and weren’t formally trained as cooks.

Following this discovery, the UDI performed a random check of 20 applications, 11 of which turned out to be fraudulent. This prompted increased scrutiny of similar application types.

Aftenposten also reports that the UDI discovered applications from Indian nationals with fake certificates saying they were trained as mechanics. The UDI also uncovered applications from Kosovo and Iran filed with forged documentation.