The UDI processes applications for protection (asylum), family immigration, work and study permits, visas, permanent residence permits, citizenship and travel documents. We are also responsible for ensuring that all asylum seekers are offered somewhere to live while waiting for us to process their applications. We find good solutions for those who want to return to their home country and we process applications for voluntary return. We also make decisions on expulsion from and rejection of entry into Norway.
The UDI is organised under the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Emergency Planning, which is responsible for asylum and immigration policy. The Immigration Act has been adopted by the Storting [the Norwegian Parliament], and the Ministry is also empowered to decide how the UDI is to interpret the rules.
Parts of the asylum and immigration field are the responsibility of other ministries. The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion is responsible for the Act on Norwegian Nationality, while responsibility for labour immigration rests with the Ministry of Labour.
Landinfo collects and analyses information about social conditions and human rights in countries about which the UDI, UNE and the ministry need in-depth knowledge. Landinfo is administratively subordinate to the UDI, but is professionally independent. The Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) is an independent, quasi-judicial body that considers appeals against decisions made by the UDI. www.une.no
The Police Directorate has overall responsibility for the police force’s immigration units and the 27 police districts. The Police Immigration Unit (PU) registers asylum seekers and checks the identities and travel routes of applicants. It is also responsible for deporting people who are staying in Norway illegally. The police districts receive and prepare applications for residence permits, travel documents, permanent residence and citizenship. In some types of cases, police districts can also issue permits if there is no doubt about whether the conditions are met. They are also responsible for the registration scheme for EEA citizens. The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) settles refugees, follows up the Introduction Act and provides municipalities, organisations and individuals with financial support, advice and guidance.
The Regional Offices for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat) are responsible for offering accommodation and care to unaccompanied minor asylum seekers under the age of 15. Bufetat works together with IMDi to provide housing for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers who are granted residence in Norway.
The foreign service missions are under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They receive several types of application and deal with the majority of visa applications. The foreign service missions help the UDI to obtain and check information and documents in cases involving residence and asylum.