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Rules and regulations for Norwegian language and Society

In the "box" on this page you can find articles describing the most important rules and regulations concerning Norwegian language and Society training for adult immigrants. Please note that most of the descibed rules apply to persons under the Introduction Act, introduksjonsloven.

You can also find information about the required documentation verifying Norwegian / Norwegian and Society skills when applying for permanent residence permit or citizenship. Please note that these rules may change. 

These descriptions are simplified. Sources/more information: the Introduction Act/ introduksjonsloven, the Immigration Act/utlendingsloven and the Citizenship Act/statsborgerloven.

Please note that new rules for required documentation verifying Norwegian / Norwegian and Society skills apply when applying for permanent residence permit or citizenship from 2017.

From 2016, two sets of rules apply for application for exemption from the duty/fritak in the Introduction Act. More information and application forms (in Norwegian) here.

Please also note:
THE INTEGRATION ACT, A NEW ACT FROM 2021 ON NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY AND INTRODUCTION PROGRAMME FOR ADULT IMMIGRANTS

The Integration Act  applies from 1.1.2021. 
Read more about the Integration Act here.

However, the Introduction Act will continue to apply to those who have been granted the first residence permit that has given the right and duty, or duty

  • between 1.9.2005 and 31.12.2020
    and
  • who came to Norway before 01.01.2021.

It is not always clear in documents and descriptions of the new Integration Act that the Introduction Act will continue to apply for some groups. One can therefore not choose which law one wants to belong to. 
The Adult Education Centre in your municipality can give you more information.