New Regulations For British Citizens BREXIT

BREXIT – New regulations for British citizens living or working in Norway

From 1 January 2021 there will be new application procedures for British citizens living or working in Norway. Find out what you should do now.

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU, with a Withdrawal Agreement in place. The transition period lasts until 31 December 2020. During the transition period the UK will be treated as if it is still a member of the EU and EEA.

New regulations from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, the rules for citizens from countries outside the EEA (third-country nationals) will apply for British citizens in Norway. This implies, among other things, that British citizens will be required to apply for a residence permit and residence card once new legislations has entered into force. 

The UDI (Directorate of Immigration) is currently developing a new type of residence permit for British citizens who already live in Norway or will move to Norway before 31 December 2020.  The new permit will be issued before the transition period ends.

The new application procedures are due to be introduced on 1 January 2021.  More information about the new application procedures will be published on the UDI Website later this year. Be aware of that it is not possible to apply for this type of residence permit yet.

What should you do now?

In the meantime, we recommend all British citizens to register with the police and apply for a registration certificate.  The reason for this is that you will have the right to continue to reside in Norway and will "be in the system", until a new application procedure is ready, and the new residence permit has been applied for and granted.


British citizens who already has a permanent residence permit in Norway

A British citizen with permanent residence permit or permanent settlement permit in Norway, will maintain the right to stay in Norway, also after the transition period.

However, a criterion is that you have not stayed outside Norway for a continuous period of more than two years. With a residence/settlement permit and a Norwegian national identity number (11 digit), you can assume that you are legally a resident in Norway.  After the transition period, you will have to order a residence card. The residence card will be the proof of legally residence in Norway.


Contact: May-Liz Rasmussen


Also see: Brexit overview