If you have been granted family immigration with a spouse, registered partner or cohabitant who is Norwegian or a Nordic national, or a person who has a permanent resident permit here, you have both a right and an obligation to take 600 hours' tuition in Norwegian and social studies. This applies if your first residence permit was granted after 1 January 2012. If your first residence permit was granted before 1 January 2012, you will have a right and obligation to take 300 hours of tuition. This is regulated by the Introduction Act. You can take up to 3,000 hours' tuition if you need it.
The obligation means that you must have completed the mandatory tuition prescribed in the Introduction Act if you subsequently wish to apply for a permanent residence permit in Norway or for Norwegian citizenship. The right means that you are entitled to this tuition free of charge during the first three years you live in Norway.
Only persons in the age group 16 – 55 have a right and obligation to participate in Norwegian language tuition. People between the ages of 55 and 67 have a right to free tuition, but they are not obliged to have completed tuition in Norwegian if they subsequently want to apply for a permanent residence permit in Norway or Norwegian citizenship.