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Permanent residence permit

When you have lived in Norway continuously for three years, you can be granted a permanent residence permit. A permanent residence permit entitles you to stayand work in Norway indefinitely. Once you have been granted a permanent residence permit, you will not lose it if the conditions for the original permit cease to apply, for example if you are no longer in employment.

It is a condition that you have completed the mandatory tuition in the Norwegian language required by the Introduction Act, or that you document that the municipality has made a decision exempting you from such tuition in Norwegian.

The requirement for Norwegian languageskills applies to everyone between theages of 16 and 67.

It is not a requirement that you have had residence on the same grounds for the whole three-year period, but all the permits you have held must be of a type that forms the basis for permanent residence.

You must financially support yourself. You must fulfill the requirement for income for the last 12 months and you cannot have received social security benefits during the last 12 months.

A good conduct requirement also applies. A conviction for a criminal offence means that an additional period of residence will be required before a permanent residence permit can be granted.

If you are uncertain about whether or not the permits you hold and have held form the basis for permanent residence, this can be checked by reading the previous decisions you have received.

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