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.

You can also find information about the required documentation verifying Norwegian / Norwegian and Society skills when applying for permanent residence permit or citizenship.

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. More information and application forms (in Norwegian) here.

NEW ACT FROM 2021 ON NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE FOR ADULT IMMIGRANTS
The Government has decided that a new law, the Integration Act, will apply from 1.1.2021. The main rule is that it shall apply to persons who receive the first residence permit that gives the right and duty, or duty, from 1.1.2021. It will also apply to those who have received their first residence permit before this, but who do not come to Norway until 2021.

Like the Introduction Act, the new law is both about the Introduction program and about Norwegian Language and Society for adult immigrants. The target groups, based on the type of residence permit and age, are about the same as in the Introduction Act. (See articles about the Introduction Act at oslovo.no.)

In the Introduction Act, there is a duty to complete a certain number of hours, and those who receive free courses are entitled to a certain number of hours for free. Duty and/or right to a certain number of hours are not included in the Integration Act. Instead, immigrants who have a right to free training shall receive Norwegian training up to a level that is determined individually in a plan for the individual participant. However, the time frame for receiving free courses in Norwegian (and in social studies) is much more limited.

More information about the Integration Act will be available on this website later this autumn.

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.