Supplementary benefit for persons who have only lived a short period in Norway

If you have only lived a short period in Norway before reaching 67 years of age, you may be eligible for supplementary benefit and thus be guaranteed a total income equivalent to the basic state pension.

Who is eligible for supplementary benefit?

You must have a residence permit and be resident in Norway.

You will receive the benefit for twelve months at a time. Twice during the benefit period, you must attend a follow-up meeting at your local NAV office.

The benefit is means-tested and your total income from Norway and abroad is taken into account. The income of any spouse, cohabitant or registered partner will also be taken into account. The benefit will also be means-tested against your wealth.

Your eligibility for supplementary benefit lapses if you live outside Norway for more than 90 days during the benefit period.

From 1. 1. 2016, you will no longer be eligible to supplementary benefit if you came to Norway due to family reunification with children, grandchildren, nephew or niece and was granted legal residency because there was a person who guaranteed that he/she would provide for you. This change will affect all new benefit periods.

How to apply

You must meet in person at your local NAV office to apply.The same applies if you want to put forward an application to renew your supplementary benefit.

Remember to bring your passport or other travel documents. This is necessary for identification purposes, and so that NAV is able to check the time you may have spent living abroad.

Both when applying for the first time and if you are applying to renew your supplementary benefit, you must submit upgraded documentation on your gross income or pension from Norway and abroad. This applies for you and for your spouse, co-habitant or partner.

You may print out a supplementary benefit application form, which you find under Forms and application. Application forms are also available at any NAV office.

What can you do to speed up the process?

You may get a quicker reply if you personally gather the information your local NAV office requires to process your application.

Attachments to the application

  • A copy of your residence permit from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for the applicant and any spouse, cohabitant or registered partner over 67 years of age
  • Copy of the passport of the applicant and any wife, cohabitant or registered partner over 67 years of age
  • Copy of the latest tax assessment notice or tax return if this is more recent, for the applicant and any spouse, cohabitant or registered partner

What you may be entitled to?

Supplementary benefit will ensure an income equivalent to the basic state pension. Full benefit is equivalent to:

  • For single beneficiaries: Basic state pension / high rate
  • For people with a spouse under 67 years of age: Basic state pension / high rate
  • For each spouse when both have reached 67 years of age: Basic state pension / ordinary rate   

To calculate how much you may receive, you can go to applicable rates for the basic state pension.

Beneficiaries may be entitled to a dependent’s allowance, which is 20 per cent of the basic state pension, for each child under 18 years of age that he or she provides for and lives with.

The benefit will be reduced by the total income of the applicant and any spouse, cohabitant or registered partner. If the applicant has any property or assets this may result in rejection of the application.

You may receive back-payment for up to three months.

Supplement to recipients who support a spouse under 67 years of age and child supplement for children under 18 years of age, was phased out in 2015.

From 1. 1. 2016, single recipients who share housing with other adults will only be eligible to the lowest rate of basic state pension (text in norwegian).

Living abroad

If you live abroad for more than 90 days during the benefit period, you will no longer be eligible for benefit.

For persons moving to Norway

First you must check whether you are eligible to become a member of the National Insurance Scheme.

You may be eligible for supplementary benefit if you are not eligible for benefits from other countries that are at least equivalent to the supplementary benefit. The benefit cannot replace other benefits.

Notify of any changes

If there are changes in your income, family and / work situation, or you are planning to stay abroad, this may have implications for the amount you receive from NAV. In such cases, you must therefore notify your local NAV office immediately.

Payments

Read more about Payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding

You can also check the Utbetalingsoversikt service.