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Annex 2 List of residence permits issued by Member States is updated in accordance with notification from the Commission on 12 January 2017.
New circular mainly regarding amendments to the Immigration Regulations Section 2-11 on procedures relating to recognition of travel documents. The procedure in Section 2-11 second paragraph is amended so that the notice is now sent to the European Commission rather than the Council Secretariat. The UDI is now responsible for transmitting the message to the European Commission - with a copy to the Ministry (before, this was done by the Ministry). Regarding Section 2-11 first paragraph, the current practice is maintained; matters of political importance are to be sent to the Ministry before UDI makes a decision of recognition or not of a travel document.
Section 3 of the circular regarding appendixes to the application is updated in line with new requirements for tests in Norwegian and social studies. New section 4 regarding exemption from the requirements has been incorporated into the circular. The changes take effect on 1 January 2017 and applies to applications submitted on 17 December 2016 or later.
Utlendingsforskriften § 17-7b subsection b has been changed to reflect changes in utlendingsloven § 62 on the conditions for a permanent residence permit. Utlendingsloven § 62 subsection d now requires that the applicant has passed a final examination in Norwegian. New subsection e includes terms for mandatory instruction and passing the final test in social studies. These changes are effective January 1, 2017.
The rules for acquisition of Norwegian citizenship have changed. It is now a requirement to have passed the final examination in Norwegian. In addition, the group of persons that were covered by the legal requirements for training in social studies, is now extended to all applicants between the ages of 18 and 67, and these are also subject to requirements for passing the test in social studies in Norwegian. The new requirements are contained in the Statsborgerloven § 7 subsection f referring to § 8. The changes are effective January 1, 2017.
Utlendingsforskriften § 11-5 regarding additional time because of a penalty imposed, now includes youth punishment. New §§ 11-9 and 11-10 regulates requirements for Norwegian language skills, as well as required training and passing a test in social studies, ref. utlendingsloven § 62.
The first paragraph of utlendingsloven § 62 har been changed as a result of Innstramninger II. According to letters d and e, the applicant must now have passed final tests in Norwegian and social studies to obtain a permanent residence permit. This change is incorporated in section 1 of the circular.
Section 7 of the circular is updated in line with new requirements for tests in Norwegian and social studies. Section 6 is updated with rules for calculating the additional period. The changes take effect on 1 January 2017 and applies to applications submitted on 17 December 2016 or later.
As a result of changes in statsborgerloven §§ 7 and 8, there are minor changes to statsborgerforskriften §§ 4-1 and 4-2. New §§ 4-4 and 4-5 clarifies when respectively conditions to master a minimum of spoken Norwegian, and passing the test in social studies, are considered fulfilled, as well as basis for exceptions. New § 4-6 regulates exceptions for applicants who are Nordic citizens and understand Norwegian or Sami. In chapter 14 regarding disclosure and procedure, § 14-5 now obligates municipalities to inform the UDI and UNE of test results. There have also been minor changes in §§ 14-1 to 14-4, and in § 10-1 the word "permission" is replaced with "right of residence". Effective January 1, 2017.
The circular is revised with new and more detailed routines for processing applications for a D-visa for foreigners affiliated to diplomatic or paid consular missions etc. in Norway. There has also been a change in the number of days the visa is issued for, as well as the validity period.
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