Shortened In-Country Processing
March 19, 2019 | Norway
Constraints on local officials led the government of Norway to take a step towards digitizing much of the local immigration registration process.
The in-country registration process has now been streamlined for citizens of non-European Union states. The former in-person immigration visits have now become completely digitized. It is important to re-iterate that the change only impacts non-EU nationals. The process for citizens of European Union member states has not changed.
Impacted foreign nationals will now be able to enjoy the following benefits:
- Online Tax Registration: Applicants can use their identification number to access the Norwegian tax authorities’ website to apply for a local tax card online. Previously, this application required a personal visit.
- Online Address Change Notification: Instead of visiting the Foreign Service Center, applicants can now change their address on the national registry website.
- Identification Number Issuance. Once the applicant attends a registration appointment with local police, the police will forward the applicant’s information to the tax authorities, who will issue the appropriate local identification number. Applicants are no longer required to make a separate personal visit to the tax authorities and/or National Registry. Applicants will still receive their residence cards in the mail within two weeks at their registered address.
What Will I Notice?
Applicants will notice reduced delays during peak application times since there has been a large change to digitize the process. Although part of the process has been streamlined, the tax card processing times have not. If these processing times remain unchanged, it could delay the issuance of the tax card. This is due to the additional time it will take to obtain an identification number. Please be mindful that the rollout of the changes could bring some delays and issues while the new system takes hold.
Many expect that the Norwegian government will continue to expand its automated immigration process.