Q&A: How would I gain Norwegian citizenship?

Question by Brennan Walsh: How would I gain Norwegian citizenship?

I’m 20 years old and I really want to move to Norway the problem is I dont really understand the whole citizenship process.

I’m a self employed web developer ..I create web apps that people pay me monthly to use. And I make a pretty decent income from it. So I wouldn’t really need a job once I moved there.

Would I be eligible? They say they want “skilled workers”.

Also would I be able to keep my US citizenship? Or would I have to give that up


Best answer:

Answer by Foofa
If you’re not filling a needed job in Norway nor earning money domestically that is taxable by Norway there’s little chance they’d allow you to move there. However, much like the US Norway has various options available to businessmen and investors. If you were to relocate your company (by which I mean yourself) and then agree to rent office space and hire a local or two, you might have a chance. Norway doesn’t like dual citizenship but as of last summer there were debates in the government there to think about changing that. So as of this moment I’m not sure about the law.

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Question by Amir25atw: Do I have to learn the Norwegian language if I want to understand most people in Norway?
Are they also fluent in English?

Best answer:

Answer by Frederic!!
it mite help english people just expected other people to speck english i hate that!!

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4 comments on “Q&A: How would I gain Norwegian citizenship?

  1. You need a very long work history if you’re going to use that in lieu of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Even then, if you’re self employed, the circumstances have to be exceptional. In addition, you have to provide a detailed business plan, market analysis and have all relevant permits. You must earn a minium of NOK 225,910.

    Self employed: http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Work-and-residence/Apply-for-a-residence-permit/Self-employed-persons/

    Skilled worker: http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Work-and-residence/Apply-for-a-residence-permit/Self-employed-persons/

    After you hold a permit which forms the basis for permanent residence for three years, you can apply for permanent residency: http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Permanent-Residence-Permit/

    After you’ve stayed in Norway for 7 years, you can apply for citizenship: http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Citizenship-/

    You do have to give up your US citizenship.

  2. Most urban Norwegians are comfortable speaking English. If you go into the more rural areas people may not be as comfortable, but Norwegian television is so full of American sitcoms and the children are taught English from a young age, that they will understand you and answer back.

    It never hurts to learn a few basic frazes such as “Thank you” and “have a nice day”, but that goes for most countries. Most Norwegians will jump at the chance to speak English if they feel that you’re not comfortable speaking Norwegian.

  3. I think you have answered the first part of the question by yourself in that if you want “understand” what people are saying then you will need to learn Norwegian, and if you are planning on living there, then it’s essential because of course all bills, tax forms etc are going to be in Norwegian.

    If you are just visiting on holiday, then this is another story and most places that tourists visit have people who speak reasonable to excellent English.

  4. Hvis du skal forstå flest folk i Norge må du hå norsk.

    If you want to understand most people in Norway you’ll have to speak Norwegian. Sure many people can use English, but not all and you may find yourself misunderstood or left out if you don’t learn the language.

    As you already speak English it shouldn’t be so hard, both share common roots in the germanic languages so grammar and so on is very similar. Think of the advantages of being able to read the menu, understanding the newspaper advertisements, knowing what road signs tell you, being able to read the bus timetable, all the small practical things that make life easier. Just see how many times in the next week you get written information, cooking instructions, door signs, whatever and think what life will be like without that.

    I’ve been learning about a year now and can follow 90-95% of conversations, radio and TV programmes and so on, and I’m not a natural linguist

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