The purpose of child benefit is to help cover the costs of raising a child.
To apply for and receive such benefits from the state, your child must live in Norway. A child is generally considered to be a resident in Norway if they have been living in Norway for at least 12 consecutive months. You are entitled to this benefit from the month after the child is born or from the month after you have earned the right (if the right to apply arises at a later time). Benefits continue to be paid up to the month before the child turns 18.
If conditions for ordinary or extended benefits are no longer met before the child turns 18, you will receive the payment up to and including the month in which the conditions are no longer met. Child benefits can be paid for up to 3 years from the date of application if the conditions are met and this benefit is not paid to the child’s other parent.
You usually do not need to apply for child benefit. If the child is born in Norway, the mother will automatically receive this benefit around 2 months after the child is born. But if the mother is not a registered resident in Norway, you must apply with the correct forms – and that’s when we can assist with this process.
At Tecla, we have experience with this process and can help you navigate through this.