You will be offered accommodation in a transit reception centre when you have arrived in Norway and applied for protection. While you stay there, you will complete a personal declaration and be interviewed by the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
The Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) provides information to everyone who applies for protection in Norway. In the course of your first few days at the transit reception centre, NOAS will inform you about what it means to apply for protection, the chance of the application being granted, the Dublin regulations and other matters of importance to you as an asylum seeker. You can find more information about this on NOAS’s website.
Transit reception centre
After you have registered as an asylum seeker with the police, you will be offered accommodation in a transit reception centre. A transit reception centre is an asylum seeker's first place of residence, and you will live there until you have been interviewed by the UDI.
The UDI will summon you for an interview within a short period of time. The UDI will arrange for an interpreter if you need one. The interpreter will accurately communicate the content of all statements made during the interview. Interpreters are bound by a duty of confidentiality. You do not have to pay anything to use an interpreter.
During the asylum interview, you will be questioned about
- yourself, your family and your home country
- why you fled
- your travel route to Norway
- why you are applying for protection in Norway.
The interview will take place in UDI’s premises or at the transit reception centre.
The information that you provide during the asylum interview will be written down in Norwegian by the interviewer. It is important to the processing of your asylum application that you give as correct and complete answers as possible. You should provide all information that may have a bearing on your case, even if no direct question is asked. Any documentation of any of the information you provide must be presented.
The interview will be read out to you, and you must check that it has been taken down correctly.
Providing incorrect information is a criminal offence, and could constitute grounds for expulsion. If you have provided any incorrect information, it may cause the authorities to doubt other information that you have given.
Your permit can be revoked if it is discovered that you have obtained a residence permit by providing incorrect information.
Special rules apply if you are under 18 years of age. You can find more information about this under unaccompanied minor asylum seekers.
If you have further questions on this topic, you can contact the transit reception centre where you are staying, or alternatively the UDI’s information service.