Retention of Norwegian citizenship

Última actualización: 29/01/2015 // Information in English about retention of Norwegian citizenship.

A person who acquired Norwegian citizenship at birth, but who has not resided in Norway for a total period of two years, or in Norway and other Nordic countries for a total of seven years, will lose his or her Norwegian citizenship upon reaching the age of 22. A person with sufficient connection to Norway may, however, apply for retention of his/her Norwegian citizenship. You can also apply to be released from your Norwegian citizenship.

Attention: The loss of Norwegian citizenship:

Norway

 

If you have applied for, or clearly accepted citizenship in another country, you will normally lose your Norwegian citizenship. This also applies to children under 18 years (Nationality Act, section 23).

 

The Embassy encourages all parents who are considering applying other citizenship for themselves or their children, to get informed about local and Norwegian legislation. If you are Norwegian by birth, you can further lose your Norwegian citizenship when you become 22 years. If you are no longer Norwegian citizens, you will have to notify Norwegian authorities and deliver you Norwegian passport. 

 

Loss of citizenship because of non-residence in Norway

A person who acquired Norwegian citizenship at birth, but who has not resided in Norway for a total period of two years or in Norway and other Nordic countries for a total of seven years shall lose his or her Norwegian citizenship upon reaching the age of 22. The period of residence

is defined as a continuous stay of not less than seven months.

A person with sufficient connection to Norway may, however, apply for retention of his/her Norwegian citizenship. Such application must be submitted before the applicant reaches the age of 22 years.
For general information about loss of citizenship and application for retention, please go to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s website. You will not lose your Norwegian citizenship if you have been granted the new citizenship without asking for it. To read more about the loss of your Norwegian citizenship:

http://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/losing-your-norwegian-citizenship/

 

Dual citizenship

 

Not everyone is entitled to dual citizenship under Norwegian law, but some people can be. If you have dual citizenship, you have rights and obligations in relation to two countries or states.

In the case of Cuba, it is allowed to have a dual citizenship.

 

To read more about dual citizenship: http://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/dual-citizenship/

Enquiries about retention of citizenship:

All enquiries about application for retention of Norwegian citizenship should be addressed to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Havana.

Both the Embassy and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) are bound by a duty of confidentiality when processing cases. This means that the applicant must provide a power of attorney in writing if he/she wishes to allow a third person (including sponsors or other applicants applying to travel with the applicant) to contact the Embassy or UDI to ask questions about his/her case.

How and where to lodge your application:

Applications for retention of Norwegian citizenship must be submitted before the applicant reaches the age of 22 years.

Applications for retention of Norwegian citizenship must be submitted in person and by appointment only either at the Embassy in Havana or the nearest Norwegian Consulate. Applications should be registered online on Application Portal Norway before an appointment is made. Please note that the Consulates are only performing a mailbox function, and that all applications will be forwarded to the Embassy in Canberra.

The application process:

All applications for retention of Norwegian citizenship are checked and registered by the Embassy in Havana before they are forwarded to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration in Norway for processing. The following link gives the UDI processing times: Case-processing times.

If your application is approved, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration will forward a Certificate of Retention of Norwegian Citizenship (“Bibeholdsbevilling”) to the Embassy who in turn will notify you. Likewise, if your application is refused, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration will forward the written refusal to the Embassy. The Embassy is not able to reply to application status enquiries for cases processed by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

Required documentation to be presented at the time of application:

Please see the checklist below for required documentation. All relevant documentation must be provided at the time of appointment. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration may request further documentation, if deemed necessary.

Please note that it is the applicant’s own responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is provided. (If an applicant does not submit all relevant documents within a week, the case will be forwarded to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration as is, and the application may be delayed or rejected.)

All forwarded documentation which is not original must be certified as true copies of the originals by the Embassy or a Norwegian Consulate. A nominal fee will be charged for this service.

On these links, you will find the checklist for applications for retention of citizenship:

For Cuba:

http://www.udi.no/en/checklists-container/citizenship-travel-permanent/checklist-for-application-to-keep-your-norwegian-citizenship-retention-of-citizenship?c=cub

 

For The Dominican republic:

http://www.udi.no/en/checklists-container/citizenship-travel-permanent/checklist-for-application-to-keep-your-norwegian-citizenship-retention-of-citizenship?c=dom


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