If you are a foreign national between 16 and 67 years and have received
- a residence permit that forms the basis for a permanent residence permit, or
- protection in a mass influx situation,
you have the right and the duty to free instruction in Norwegian (550 hours) and social studies (50 hours).
If you are a foreign national between 16 and 67 years with
- a residence permit that allows you to run your own company, or
- a residence permit as an employee for an employer in Norway,
you have a duty, but not a right, to participate in instruction in Norwegian and social studies (a total of 300 hours). This also applies to family members who are between 16 and 67 years. The municipality can demand payment for such instruction.
You will be taught social studies in a language you understand, while the Norwegian lessons will be taught in Norwegian. Upon completing the courses, you must take exams in both subjects.
The scheme is meant to give you as a foreign national in Norway the opportunity to participate in the work force. Completing the instruction is a prerequisite for receiving a permanent residence permit and (if applied for) citizenship.
An individual plan will be set up for you that is based on your personal educational needs. If you are entitled to free instruction, you will be offered additional instruction of up till 2,400 hours if you need such instruction. In that event, the municipality can test your knowledge to determine whether you need more instruction.
Foreign nationals between 16 and 67 years who have
- a residence permit that forms the basis for a permanent residence permit
- received protection in a mass influx situation
- a work permit
A residence or work permit pursuant to the Immigration Act that forms the basis for a permanent residence permit or to protection in a mass influx situation.
Skills Norway (responsible for developing tests)
Introduction Act, ch. 4 (Instruction in Norwegian and social studies)
Regulation relating to lessons in Norwegian and other subjects for immigrants, ch. 7 (On final tests in Norwegian and social studies)
Immigration Act, ch. 3 (Residence in connection with work, studies, and so forth)
If you are registered in the National Registry (Folkeregisteret) as living in the municipality, you will be offered instruction in Norwegian and social studies. You can also contact the municipality yourself and ask for such instruction.
The following decisions can be appealed:
- allocation of lessons
- substantial changes in your individual plan
- unscheduled termination of the lessons
- leaves of absence
The appeal deadline is three weeks after you receive the decision. The appeal must state and justify what you want changed. The municipality can help you upon request.
Submit the appeal to the section that made the decision. They will evaluate whether any changes are justified. If the original decision is upheld, the municipality will forward your appeal to the county governor’s office.
You will be informed of the outcome of the appeal when a final resolution has been made.
Norwegian Lessons (Directorate of Integration and Diversity, IMDi)