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Table 2 Requirements for family reunification to Norway (2016 amendments in italics)

From: A ‘civic turn’ in Scandinavian family migration policies? Comparing Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Requirement type On foreign-citizen resident reference person On entering spouse On entering child
Language, knowledge -- After entry: participate in introductory program (no test) --
Economic resources, stability, self-support Adequate housing Income min. €29,500/ year No social assistance in past 12 months 4 years full-time employment or study in Norway – for family formation of indivs. with asylum or protected status 2016 proposal: 3 years full-time employment or study in Norway – for all family reunification, to apply to all individuals with asylum or protected status   --
Age limit 2016 proposal: Over 24 years (for family formation, spousal entry only) 2016 proposal: Over 24 years (family formation) --
Domestic violence record Must show none Must show none  
Length of residence -- (perm. residence or resident permit that can lead to perm. residence) -- --
Attachment to country 2016 proposal: Greater than to any other country (as couple, for spousal entry) --