The Embassy is pleased to announce that we are now able to accept applications for retention of Norwegian citizenship and notification to get back Norwegian citizenship.
To facilitate faster and more streamlined processing, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has made some changes to the application process. Information about Norwegian citizenship and the new application procedures is available on the Embassy's website Norwegian Citizenship. Please note in particular the following:
- The changes to the citizenship act has no retroactive effect, i.e. persons who lost their Norwegian citizenship before 1 January 2020 does not automatically regain their citizenship.
- Previous Norwegian citizens who wish to apply to get back their Norwegian citizenship must first ensure that their current citizenship is registered in the National registry in Norway (contact the Tax Administration for more information).
- All applications for citizenship must be submitted in person and by appointment only, at the Embassy in Canberra. Such applications can no longer be submitted at one of our honorary consulates.
- Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Embassy has implemented restrictions in services requiring personal attendance at the Embassy. These restrictions are subject to change and are published on the booking portal for appointments.
- Applications for retention of citizenship must be submitted before the applicant turns 22. If you apply after you turn 22, UDI can nevertheless consider your application if you cannot be blamed for failing to meet the deadline. Applicants who have not or are not able to apply before turning 22 due to the technical issues and/or the Covid-19 restrictions should include a written statutory declaration when lodging the application, explaining why the application is submitted late.