Please click on the link below to view our webinar on dual citizenship. The video is a recording of the live zoom webinar which took place on September 15, 2020.
View now: DUAL CITIZENSHIP WEBINAR
As promised, we have posted questions and answers here that we did not have time to answer during the live session.
Questions and Answers by Category:
Q: When will UDI/the Embassy send a representative to Minneapolis to accept completed applications?
A: The week of May 24, 2021 (tentative). Appointments will be taken in the winter/early spring when dates are confirmed.
Q: It's been hard finding out if our applications have been received after handing in all the paperwork for retention. What is your process?
A: The UDI processes these applications. We suggest you check with them at UDI.no.
Q: During these times of COVID is it possible to do a virtual meeting at a consulate rather than in person?
A: It depends on the type of appointment. Please contact us.
Registration of Citizenship
Q: I became a US citizen (dual) on July 9, 2020. Do I have to register in Norway to notify Norwegian authorities?
A: No, this is not necessary.
Q: Do we need to file a document with the Norwegian Embassy/Government to preserve our Norwegian Citizenship? If so, where can I get that document?
A: No, there is no need to file a document with the Norwegian Embassy or Government.
Q: How do I find out if I’m still in the folkeregister?
A: Contact your nearest consulate or Embassy and they can check for you.
Q: In order to correct the folkeregister does it have to be by a mailed letter, or can it be by email?
A: It will have to be sent via regular mail.
Personnummer (“Personal Number”)
Q: Do I lose my original Personnummer when I get reinstated as a Norwegian Citizen?
Q: How do you obtain a Norwegian Personnummer, if all other requirements for citizenship are met?
A: Make an appointment at your nearest consulate or embassy.
Q: My daughter was born in the US in 2007 while I was still a Norwegian Citizen. Can I still acquire a Norwegian Personnummer for her now, even though I became a US Citizen in 2016?
A: Yes, your daughter is a Norwegian citizen and can get a Personnummer. She will have to apply for retention of citizenship before turning 22.
Q: I am a Norwegian citizen who has lived in the US for about 60 years as a resident alien. Can I get US citizenship and keep my Norwegian citizenship?
Q: What documentation do we need to retain our Norwegian Citizenship while applying for the U.S. Passport?
A: No action is needed.
Q: As a Norwegian citizen, do we have to file any Norwegian paperwork before applying for US Citizenship?
Q: For retention of Norwegian citizenship for children living in the US, is the 2-year residency requirement meant to be 2 consecutive years or can it be added together from smaller visits?
A: It can be multiple stays, but it cannot be vacations. The child would have had to be a resident of Norway.
Q: I was sworn in as a US citizen in 2017, with my Norwegian Passport expiring in 2021. Am I now automatically a dual citizen, with a right to renew my Norwegian passport prior to expiration?
A: No, you will have to apply to get your Norwegian citizenship reinstated. You no longer have the right to hold a Norwegian passport.
Q: Politiattest - how long after issuance is it valid for purpose of applying for reinstatement?
A: 6 months
Retention of Citizenship – Minor and Adult Children
Q: I would like to apply for dual citizenship to Norway. My father and mother came from Norway and applied for US citizenship many years ago. My sister and I were born here. Can we apply?
A: Check if you are Norwegian citizen at https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/are-you-a-norwegian-citizen/
Q: What does "close connection" mean?
A: Children born outside of Norway to a Norwegian parent must have stayed in Norway for at least 6 months before turning 22. See https://www.udi.no/en/want-to-renew/keeping-your-norwegian-citizenship-retention-of-citizenship/
Q: What evidence to I need to present to show that my daughters have spent 6 months total in Norway? Do I need to present the stamps from expired passports for example?
A: No evidence is needed.
Q: For children that qualify to retain their citizenship, can they fill out their application for this AND passport at the same time?
A: Yes, if they are under the age of 12, we can do this at our office.
Q: My minor son has dual citizenship. How do I document his stays in Norway adequately so he can later in life make his Norwegian Citizenship permanent?
A: Apply for retention of citizenship at https://www.udi.no/en/want-to-renew/keeping-your-norwegian-citizenship-retention-of-citizenship/. There is no need for proof of visits.
Q: My daughter is a Norwegian citizen by bi-beholdelse. Her daughter born in 2014 has dual Norwegian/US citizenship. Will she have to apply for bi-beholdelse by 22 years or is that no longer necessary?
A: Yes, she does. The rules regarding bi-behold (retention of citizenship) have not changed.
Q: I was born in Norway and am now a US citizen. If I get my Norwegian passport, can my grown daughters who were born in the US apply for dual citizenship?
A: Yes, but only if you were a Norwegian citizen when they were born, and they are under the age of 22. These rules have not changed.
Q: I have two adult children born in the USA that have dual citizenship (Norwegian/USA) and kept their Norwegian Citizenship through “Bi Behold” before turning 22, their mother is US Citizen only. Will their children be eligible for dual citizenship?
A: One parent (mother or father) would have to be Norwegian when they were born, and they will have to demonstrate a close connection to Norway.
Q: My dad was Norwegian. I was born in the US. I am 51. Can I apply for dual citizenship?
A: Check if you qualify at https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/are-you-a-norwegian-citizen/.
Q: I am 52 and grew up in Norway to a Norwegian mother and lived there 7 years as child. I never had Norwegian citizenship due to my American father’s decision to not allow this. At the time Norway didn’t give mothers the same rights as fathers or I would have had automatic citizenship at birth. Can I apply as an exception to rules 1 or 2? How do I go about this?
A: You should be a Norwegian citizen. Contact us and we can look you up in Folkeregisteret and see if any action is needed. You can also try https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/are-you-a-norwegian-citizen/
Q: If your parents immigrated after the war and had to give up citizenship to come to the USA, can children apply and get it? If so, can the grandchild of those grandparents get it if their parent qualifies under this new policy?
A: If one parent was Norwegian when the child was born, the child may be a citizen. See https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/are-you-a-norwegian-citizen/
Q: My parents were both Norwegian citizens, my dad had mandatory U.S. citizenship when he joined the U.S. army before my birth in the U.S. My mom was a Norwegian citizen when I was born. Am I eligible? I spent at least 10 months in Norway before 22. I have a Norwegian government number and own property in Norway. Am I eligible?
A: Try filling out this questionnaire: https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/are-you-a-norwegian-citizen/
Q: My daughters were born in the US, but I am a Norwegian citizen. What is the process to apply for Norwegian citizenship for them? They have visited Norway many times and I believe will meet the 6-month criteria. They also have UK Citizenship (as well as USA), is it possible to have triple citizenship with UK-USA-Norway?
A: Yes, triple citizenship is legal in Norway. You will also have to check with the other countries. Apply for retention of citizenship at https://www.udi.no/en/want-to-renew/keeping-your-norwegian-citizenship-retention-of-citizenship/
Q: I was born in Norway 1975 to a Norwegian mother and US father and mostly raised in the US. I had a Norwegian passport until 2002 and spent more than 6 months in Norway before I was 22. How do I find out if I am an exception because of the overlapping details?
A: Go to https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/are-you-a-norwegian-citizen/ You can also contact UDI directly to ask about your case.
Q: I fall under category 2 "Retention of citizenship" - I am over 22, and I did not apply to retain my Norwegian citizenship before the age of 22, and thus I lost my Norwegian passport a while ago. My mother is a citizen of Norway and my father is not. I am currently just a US citizen, I fall in grey area though, because I have strong connections to Norway, I have not lived there, but I have spent well over 6 months there visiting my direct family. Over the years it probably amounts to more than 3 years. I just checked on UDI.no and there was not an option about my situation. Am I eligible to have my citizenship reinstated?
A: You needed to apply before age 22. You did not lose your citizenship because you took another citizenship, so you cannot apply to reinstate it. UDI can nevertheless consider your application "if you cannot be blamed for failing to meet the deadline, or if it would be unreasonable if you were to lose your Norwegian citizenship." See https://www.udi.no/en/want-to-renew/keeping-your-norwegian-citizenship-retention-of-citizenship/
Q: The categories for applying are very clear. However, I am wondering if unique circumstances are considered? My parents were both born in Norway and became US citizens before I was born. I lived in Norway from 1993-2000 as a student at UiB. The last three years I was a stipendiat and earned a salary. I have a personnummerr. I also received a work permit based on "særlig tilknytning til riket". My parents are now deceased as are my Norwegian grandparents. I have first cousins and extended family. Can one still use "særlig tilknytning til riket" to apply for citizenship and retain US citizenship? Would I have to move to Norway to apply?
A: Please contact UDI directly at UDI.no; they will have to evaluate your situation.
Q: My grandparents immigrated to the US in the later part of the 19teens (1914-1919) my father was born in the US in 1920. They moved back to Norge in the early-mid 1920s and then returned to the US about 1930-1932. I know my father had dual citizenship and frequently traveled back and forth. I was born in the US in 1965. I am interested in living/working/becoming a citizen of Norge. From what I have read and heard through this webinar, I do not believe I am eligible for Dual Citizenship, am I correct?
A: You will have to move to Norway and live there for 7 years to become a citizen. To do that, you will need a residency permit. See UDI.no and click “Want to Apply”.
Q: Do you need to meet in person to renew a passport that expired due to turning 22, or can this be done through mail?
A: All passport applications/renewals are in person only. If you lost your right to a passport before you did not apply for retention of citizenship, you will not be able to renew your passport.
Q: If my dad is deceased, how do I find out if he was a Norwegian citizen when I was born in the US. I don’t know where his records are.
A: You will have to locate his immigration papers or try contacting USCIS to find out when he became a US citizen.
Spouses of Norwegian Citizens
Q: Can my wife get Norwegian citizenship while we live in the US (I am Norwegian)?
A: No, she will have to live in Norway with a residence permit for at least three of the last ten years, before she can apply for Norwegian citizenship. See https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/calculating-the-marriage-period-in-citizenship-cases/
Q: I am a Norwegian citizen and my wife is a US citizen. We have lived in Norway for 10 years (1993-2003). Currently in US. Can this time period be counted towards the 7-year period?
Q: Is the 3-year requirement for spouses to be a US citizen 3 years from the day you got married, or 3 years from when you received your green card/permanent residence card?
A: Please check this website for information: https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/calculating-the-marriage-period-in-citizenship-cases/
Traveling with Dual Citizenship
Q: When I travel, will the country I travel to know that I have 2 citizenships? For example, if I travel to China on my Norwegian passport will they know I am also a US citizen?
A: No, not unless you tell them
Voting with Dual Citizenship
Q: With dual citizenship, is it ok to vote in both countries?
Extended Stay in Norway – US Citizen
Q: I am a US citizen and would not be applying for Norwegian citizenship. If I wanted to live in Norway for 6 months, where would I go either online or in person to find out what I need to do?
A: Visit UDI.no and click “Want to Apply”. You will need a residence permit based on education or work.