Friday, June 4, 2021

Britons in Norway Have the Right of Residence Guaranteed, Norwegian Gov’t Says

Citizens of the United Kingdom covered by the withdrawal agreement between Britain and Norway will not have to worry about losing their right of residence due to the COVID-19 situation as such a right will be protected, Norway’s government has announced.

Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Emergency Preparedness has applied some changes to the Immigration Regulations in order to make it legal for Brits and their family members to remain in Norway,  though they are no longer EU passport holders, reports.

The State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management has emphasized that “in order to limit import infection, entry restrictions are still necessary.”

“With this change, we will still ensure that British citizens do not lose contractual rights to entry and residence permits in Norway as a result of long-term residence outside Norway due to entry restrictions,” Hilde Barstad (H) pointed out.

The United Kingdom’s government previously announced that all Britons legally residing in Norway before January 1, 2021, would be obliged to register with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

“You need to complete the application form for UK nationals on UDI’s online application portal and book an appointment with the police. You must bring any requested documents with you to the appointment,” the statement published by the UK’s government announced.

About 13,395 Britons are currently living in Norway, while nearly 18,000 Norwegians live in the United Kingdom.

The Norwegian government has also urged British nationals legally residing in Norway before January 1, including those who had previously filed an application, to get a new residence card post-Brexit.

Citizens of the UK in Norway were also required to apply for a residence permit under Brexit rules by December 31 if they did not obtain a permanent residence permit.

As for those who own a permanent residence permit, the UK’s government stressed that they already have the right to reside in Norway.

There is only one month left for all UK’s citizens to apply for a residency permit to have the legal right to live and work in EU countries post-Brexit.

In this regard, Britons living in France have been urged to apply for carte de séjour in order to be considered legal residents of France.

In addition, Kalba Meadows from the citizens’ rights group France Rights, while stressing the importance of applying for a residence permit, recalled the deadline for applying for residence permit is approaching.

Based on the Withdrawal Agreement, British citizens living in France will be obliged to obtain a residence permit from October 1, 2021.

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