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Residence permit pursuant to the general regulations

A residence permit pursuant to the general regulations entitles the holder to live and work in Norway. All foreign nationals can apply for a residence permit pursuant to these regulations.
There are many types of work permits, and different rules, guidelines and application procedures apply. A complete overview of residence permits and information about the different permits, conditions and application procedures is available at

Renewal of residence permits

Most of residence permits are renewable. Renewal applications must be submitted to the police at least one month before your current permit expires. Contact the police in your municipality for further information.

Loss of permits and expulsion

You may loose your permit if you have given incorrect information to the authorities. If you lose your permit, you must leave the country. You may be expelled if you violate the provisions of the Immigration Act or if you are convicted of a criminal offence. If you are expelled, you are not permitted to return to Norway for the duration of the expulsion period. The prohibition on entry also usually applies to the rest of the Schengen area.

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