The police will have a conversation with you to register your application, and the UDI will interview you about why you are applying for protection. You are entitled to an interpreter when you are being registered and interviewed. Interpreters are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
Submission of the protection application and registration with the police
At Ankomstsenter Østfold the police will register your application.
The police will take your fingerprints and have a conversation with you.
You must state your name, age and address.
You must submit your passport and any other documents that can tell us who you are.
You must state the name, age and address of your closest relatives.
The police may also ask you other questions you have to answer. For example questions about your travel to Norway, and why you are applying for protection. Many applicants will also be sent to the police in Oslo to be interviewed in more detail.
What happens at Ankomstsenter Østfold?
You will stay at Ankomstsenter Østfold for 1–2 days before you will move to an asylum reception centre
You will be tested for tuberculosis at a nearby hospital. Transportation to the hospital will be provided.
The Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) will inform you about your rights and obligations as an asylum seeker.
You will get information about what it is important that you talk about in the interview.
After all the necessary steps at Ankomstsenter Østfold are completed, you will move to an asylum reception centre. While staying at the asylum reception centre, the UDI will inform you on when you will have your asylum interview.
Unaccompanied minor who apply for protection
If you are under the age of 18 and are applying for protection without being accompanied by your parents, you are entitled to a representative. You will also be appointed a lawyer.
You will be sent to Refstad transit centre after being registered by the police at Tøyen in Oslo.
Norway has several different procedures for asylum applicants
If you are from a country where the inhabitants can get help from their own authorities, your asylum application will be processed and rejected within 48 hours.
If you are from Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, Belarus, India, Nepal, Russia (ethnic Russians only) or Kosovo (minorities only), your asylum application will be processed within three weeks.
If you have been in another European country before you came to Norway, you will be sent back there. This is called the Dublin procedure, and it means that it is the country you are sent back to that is responsible for considering your asylum case. Then UDI will not interview you.
All other applicants will have their applications processed pursuant to the normal procedure. This means that you can stay in Norway while the UDI is processing your application, and you will normally receive an answer after a few months.
If you commit a crime and do not need protection, the UDI will process and reject your asylum application within a short space of time.