After you have registered as an asylum seeker with the police, you will be a placed in a transit reception centre. You will be transferred from the transit centre to an ordinary reception centre as soon as possible in relation to your case.
You will be given a place at a reception centre that has room for you and that is adapted to your needs. We try to take your immediate family, any serious illness, nationality and language into consideration.
If you have previously chosen not to live at a reception centre, you can be assigned a place at a centre by contacting your regional office. You will be offered a place in the region where you were last offered a place at a reception centre.
If your last place of residence was a transit reception centre or you have not previously stayed at a reception centre or need a place at a centre, contact the UDI on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10.00 and 13.00.
It is the UDI that decides where you will live.
If you already live at a reception centre and wish to move, it is your regional office that will process your application to move to another reception centre. You can ask the staff at the reception centre about how to apply. Not everyone who wants to move will have their application granted.
The UDI requires you to have strong reasons for moving, for example that you
You must document your need to move. It is also important to be aware that, even if you can document your need, it is not certain that you will be allowed to move to the reception centre you want. It is not certain that the reception centre has a vacant place for you, or there may be other reasons why it is not possible.
Form for moving between reception centres
If you are no longer living at a reception centre and want to move back to a centre, it is not certain that you can move back to the same centre you lived at before. If you are not given a place at the reception centre you previously stayed at, you will be offered a place at another reception centre.
If you have a job and somewhere to stay and can provide for yourself, you can move out of the reception centre. The same applies if you have family or others in Norway who are willing to provide for you and give you somewhere to stay.
If you move out of the reception centre, you lose the right to financial assistance from the Norwegian authorities.
You must live at a reception centre to be entitled to financial assistance, free interpreting services and Norwegian language tuition.