Norway: Whether a person's permanent residence status would become invalid after a period of absence from the country; particularly whether someone who obtained permanent residence, but left Norway in 1989 would still have valid permanent residence (1985-May 2013)
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Publication Date||14 May 2013|
|Citation / Document Symbol||NOR104427.E|
|Related Document||Norvège : information indiquant si le statut de résident permanent d'une personne devient invalide si cette dernière est absente du pays pendant une certaine période; en particulier si une personne qui a obtenu la résidence permanente, mais a quitté la Norvège en 1989, aurait toujours le statut de résident permanent (1985-mai 2013)|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Norway: Whether a person's permanent residence status would become invalid after a period of absence from the country; particularly whether someone who obtained permanent residence, but left Norway in 1989 would still have valid permanent residence (1985-May 2013), 14 May 2013, NOR104427.E , available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/52833ce64.html [accessed 27 September 2016]|
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In correspondence with the Research Directorate, an official at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa stated that someone who obtained Norwegian permanent residence status, but left Norway in 1989 and did not return would no longer be entitled to permanent residence status (Norway 9 May 2013). She noted that the regulations pertaining to this situation are "as per Immigration Regulations Code § 62 Permanent Residence, Subsection § 11-8 Loss of Permanent Residence" (ibid.). She also indicated that information about loss of permanent residency is found on the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektoratet, UDI) (ibid.), which states:
You will lose your permanent residence permit if you stay abroad for a continuous period of two years or more after being granted a permanent permit. The stay outside Norway will be deemed to have been continuous even if you have stayed in Norway for one or more periods of a certain duration. You can, however, apply to stay abroad for more than two years without losing your permanent residence permit if you are to settle in Norway again after your stay abroad. However, this only applies if you:
are to serve your military service or other equivalent service in your home country
are to stay abroad in connection with work or education over and above upper secondary school
are to stay abroad together with a spouse, cohabitant or parents staying abroad in connection with work or education (ibid.; ibid. 13 June 2013)
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Norway. 9 May 2013. Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa. Correspondence with an official.
_____. 13 June 2012. Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. "How Do You Apply for Permanent Residency." [Accessed 9 May 2013]