Applicants from Eritrea must hand in their application in Khartoum


If you are a citizen of Eritrea, it is Khartoum in Sudan which is the right place for you to submit your application.

Published: 24.10.2018 - Last changed: 04.12.2018

Khartoum is the right place to hand in the application

The rules for applying for a residence permit in Norway are such that you must apply for it from the country we have decided that is right for you to apply from. Usually it is the country you live in, but since Norway has no place to apply from in Eritrea, you must apply from another country.

For Eritrean citizens, the Norwegian government has decided that the right place is Khartoum. Therefore, you must hand in your application there.

If you are still applying from Addis Ababa

If you still choose to apply from Addis Ababa, you must expect that your application for a residence permit in Norway will be rejected. You will not get back the money you have paid for a fee.

VFS in Addis Ababa will receive your application, they are obliged to. Nevertheless, it is important that you understand that it is very likely that you will be rejected by the UDI in Norway because you have not handed in your application at the right location.

If you receive a no on your application because you delivered it to the wrong place, we call it a formal rejection. This means we have rejected your application because you have delivered it in the wrong place, but we have not looked into whether you meet the other requirements for your application.

Some can hand in their application in Addis Ababa

If you have been registered as a refugee by the UNHCR in Ethiopia for at least 6 months, you can hand in your application in Addis Ababa. 

Children who apply from Addis Ababa without their parents

If a child is in Ethiopia without his/her parents, and hand in an application in Addis Ababa, the UDI will consider whether we can accept this, even if the child has not been registered as a refugee by the UNHCR in Ethiopia for at least 6 months.

It is only when the UDI receives the application that we will decide whether or not we will accept that the application was handed in in Addis Ababa. Therefore, you will not be told when you hand in the application whether or not we will accept that the child has applied from Addis Ababa.

When we consider whether or not to accept that the child has applied from Addis Ababa, we will among other things assess whether it is safe to send the child to Khartoum to hand in the application there.

The UDI does not charge a fee for applications for family immigration for children. The application centre charges a small service fee

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