The convicted must wait longer to become Norwegian citizens

Guri MelbyMinister of Education and Integration Guri Melby (Liberal Party).Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix
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The government is increasing the time that people with criminal convictions have to wait before they can get Norwegian citizenship.

As a general rule, you must have had seven years of legal residence in Norway before you can apply for Norwegian citizenship. But people who have convictions must wait longer.

“Norwegian citizenship is highly prized. In addition to complying with residence time, language and other conditions, the government is increasing the waiting time, so that those who have criminal convictions must wait longer before they can become Norwegian citizens,” Minister of Knowledge and Integration Guri Melby (Venstre) said in a press release.

For sentences of three years in prison and up, the waiting time increases by four and a half years. The new waiting period for those who had sentences of between three and four years in prison will be 13.5 years. People sentenced to 21 years in prison will have a waiting period of 39 years compared to the previous 34.5 years.

The waiting period is counted from the day a final judgment is handed down and also applies to juvenile sentences and conditional sentences.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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