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.

THE INTEGRATION ACT, A NEW ACT FROM 2021 ON NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY FOR ADULT IMMIGRANTS
A new law, the Integration Act, applies from 1.1.2021. The following is a simplified description.
The main rule is that the Integration Act 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.

The Integration Act is, as the Introduction Act, 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.
In the Integration Act, dty and/or right to a certain number of hours are not included. 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, and is individually linked to the persons educational background. Note that fullfilling the duty in the Integration  Act not necessarily meets the requirements for permanent recidence permit. See Utlendingsloven at lovdata.no.

Please note: 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.