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Residence card

Everyone who holds a residence permit in Norway and who is from a country outside the EU/EEA can be issued a residence card. EU/EEA nationals are not issued such cards. Family members of EEA nationals who are not EEA nationals themselves will be issued a residence card.

The card, which is about the same size as a credit card, replaces the previous system of stickers in passports or travel documents. The residence card is proof that you hold a residence permit in Norway.

Unless otherwise stated on the card, it also proves that you are entitled to travel freely in the Schengen area. You should therefore take the card with you when you travel abroad, although you must still always have your passport with you.

The card is valid for the same period as your residence permit. If you hold a permanent residence permit, the card is valid for two years.

Among other things, the card contains your photograph, signature and fingerprints. The fingerprints are not stored anywhere else other than on the card itself.

You must present the card in the event of a control. If you do not have it with you, you may be asked to get it.

The sticker on your travel document is valid until its expiry date, and you do not need to obtain a residence card as long as it is valid. If you renew your permit, you will be issued a residence card.

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