21 December 2018

NORWAY: Parliament votes for dual citizenship

After years of debate, the Norwegian parliament has approved a new law that opens up dual citizenship.  

The incumbent law that dated back to 1888, meant that citizenship for Norwegian nationals was automatically taken away when they chose to gain citizenship in their new country of residence. Simultaneously, immigrants to Norway with a permanent residence had to give up passports from their home countries in order to obtain a Norwegian one. 

Norway was, until now, one of the few remaining countries in the world that has refused citizens to hold two separate passports.  

It will take some time before this new law takes effect, the process expected to be completed in 2020. 

How does this affect the client?

For many long-term expats this is good news, as those who have a strong bond to both their country of birth and host country now get the opportunity to hold two passports. 

Norwegians abroad with new citizenship in their host country can now keep or re-acquire their Norwegian passport and be able to vote from abroad at national elections. Immigrants can also now keep citizenship from their home country, while obtaining a Norwegian passport and be allowed to vote in national elections in Norway with dual citizenship.


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