The UDI is under the authority of the Ministry of Justice and the Police, which is responsible for Norway’s refugee and immigration policy and manages our activities, among other things through the annual allocation letter. The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion is responsible for the Nationality Act, while responsibility for labour immigration rests with the Ministry of Labour.
The foreign service missions receive several types of applications and process most visa applications. They help the UDI to obtain and check information and documents in residence and asylum cases.
The police districts receive and prepare applications for residence permits, travel documents, permanent residence and citizenship. In some types of cases, the police districts can also grant permits if there is no doubt that the conditions are met.
The National Police Immigration Service (PU) registers asylum seekers and checks their identities and travel route. The PU is also responsible for escorting persons without legal residence in Norway out of the country.
The Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) is an independent, quasi-judicial body that considers appeals against decisions made by the UDI.
Landinfo is the Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre. Landinfo is an independent expert body, but it is administratively affiliated to the UDI. Landinfo collects and analyses information about social conditions and human rights in countries relevant to the work of the UDI, UNE and the ministry.
The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) settles refugees, follows up the Introduction Act and provides financial support, advice and guidance to municipalities, organisations and individuals.
The Children, Youth and Family Affairs Service (Bufetat) is responsible for providing accommodation and care for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers under the age of 15. Bufetat collaborates with IMDi on settling unaccompanied minor asylum seekers who are granted residence in Norway.