If your family has been granted a family immigration permit, you can apply to have their travel expenses to Norway covered.
As a rule, the Norwegian authorities do not cover these expenses; nor do they cover travel expenses for families of Norwegian citizens or other EEA countries.
Persons who fall under one of the following categories are eligible to have their travel expenses covered:
- Spouses, cohabitants or children of refugees. This also applies to those who have previously had refugee status, but who have now been granted a permanent residence permit. This only applies to those who have been married or registered as cohabitants before one of them travelled to Norway.
- Parents of children under the age of 18.
- Children under the age of 15 without care providers in their home country.
- Children of a person who holds a residence permit as a victim or witness in a human trafficking case. This also applies to those who have previously held such a permit, but who have now been granted a permanent residence permit.
Travel expenses can also be covered when the family member in Norway has been exempted from the subsistence requirement in connection with the family reunification case on the basis of strong humanitarian considerations.
How do I apply to have my travel expenses covered?
You must wait until after you have been granted a family immigration permit before applying.
You cannot pay for the travel yourself and then apply for a refund from UDI afterwards. The trip to Norway must be arranged by UDI through the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
You must apply for this before your family members travel to Norway.
What must be included in the application?
The application must contain:
- Name, date of birth and DUF number of the applicant or applicants who have been granted family immigration (those who are to travel to Norway).
- Name, date of birth and DUF number of the sponsor (family member in Norway).
- Address and telephone number at which the sponsor can be contacted.
- Address and telephone number at which the family member who is to travel to Norway can be contacted.
- If children under the age of 18 are travelling without an adult, we need the name, address and phone number of the adult who is seeing the children off at the airport.
We can unfortunately not cover the ticket expenses for your family members until you are have been settled to a municipality and/or you have found a place to stay that is big enough to accommodate all your family members. If you share accommodation with others we need the municipality to confirm that they are also willing to receive your family members.
If you don’t submit your correct phone number and e-mail in your application you will only receive the information concerning when your family members are coming to Norway via the postal service. We will contact you as soon as we have received the time and date your family member will arrive in Norway. How long it takes from the time we order the tickets to when your family member finally arrives in Norway can vary from two weeks to several months. This depends on whether your family members have been issued a visa to Norway and depending on whether they have received a permit to leave their country of residence when this is required. It is your responsibility that your family members apply for the relevant visas and departure permits.
You can appeal the decision
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