Evacuation from Kabul has been terminated (external website). Norwegian authorities can no longer assist with departure from Kabul. We know that it may be challenging to leave Afghanistan now. Unfortunately, UDI cannot answer questions regarding leaving Afghanistan or the situation in Kabul.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises all Norwegian citizens against travelling to Afghanistan. When the Norwegian embassy in Kabul is closed, Norwegian authorities will not be able to provide consular assistance to Norwegian citizens who experience challenges when travelling to Afghanistan.
The situation in Afghanistan is unclarified, and UDI follows the situation closely. Several people who contact us ask if UDI can prioritize their application because of the situation in the country.
Family immigration applications from Afghanistan will be processed consecutively. For applications where the investigations are conducted, such as DNA-test or interviews, the waiting time may be shorter than usual.
However, the waiting time will probably be the same as before for most applicants because the investigations are not conducted yet. Even if we process applications from Afghanistan consecutively now, the process may take time because:
Because of the processes described above, this means that it will usually take as much time as usual before UDI have processed an application.
If you have further questions regarding the prioritization of your application, you can use our guide to check if your case can be moved to the front of the queue.
Due to the current security situation in Afghanistan and difficulties crossing national borders, it will temporarily be possible for a family member in Norway (the reference person) to apply for family immigration on behalf of a family member who is in Afghanistan.
You can read how to apply here.
It is a requirement that the person in Norway has been granted a residence permit in Norway. There are also income requirements in family immigration cases. There are exemptions to this income requirement if the reference person has recently received protection (asylum) and the application has been registered within 6 months after the date stated in the first decision letter the reference person received.
Several requirements apply to obtain family immigration. Amongst other things, the marriage must be valid and entered into voluntarily. You will find an overview of additional requirements by answering our web page's questions, «Want to apply for family immigration».
There are no changes in which family members can obtain a family immigration permit from Afghanistan.
Those who usually apply for family immigration are spouses or children of a person who already lives in Norway. Other examples are parents who have minor children in Norway or minor full siblings of persons residing in Norway.
Adult siblings, aunts/uncles, grandparents, nephews/nieces, cousins, or other distant relatives cannot get family immigration to Norway.
There are neither no changes in the requirements to obtain a family immigration permit. For information regarding the requirements for your case type, please follow this link and answer the questions to find the relevant information.
Suppose you already have a family immigration permit and cannot travel to Norway within the entry deadline stated in your permit. In that case, UDI can help you extend the entry deadline. You can call us or send us an email by choosing the relevant case type and filling in the contact form.
There is no change in the application process for a residence permit in Norway, and the rules for family immigration are the same.
To apply for protection in Norway, you must be in Norway or at the Norwegian border to apply. It is not possible to apply for asylum in Norway from a different country. Afghans who may get residence through the quota refugee scheme must have a direct or indirect connection to Norway. There is no quota for receiving refugees from Afghanistan except those who have a connection to Norway. This is the case for the following persons:
An application scheme will be established for former employees of the Norwegian armed forces and the Norwegian embassy. UDI does not currently have more information about this scheme and cannot answer questions about it.
If you are in Afghanistan and you previously have received a final rejection on an application for protection or another residence permit, the case in which you have received a decision will not be reconsidered.
Please be aware that the Norwegian authorities have stopped the evacuation in Kabul.
We know that many experience challenges in leaving Afghanistan now. Unfortunately, UDI cannot help people to get out of Afghanistan.
UDI follows the situation closely. The situation is uncertain, and many applications will not be processed until we know more about how the situation evolves. If your application is set on hold until we clarify the processing of these cases, you will receive a letter from us.
Some of those evacuated to Norway will have their case processed as resettlement refugees (quota refugees).
Afghan citizens who were evacuated and allowed to enter Norway as a family member of a Norwegian citizen will have their case processed as an application for protection (asylum). If this applies to you, it means that you should not apply for family immigration. The same applies to other evacuees who will not be processed as transfer refugees.
The application for protection (asylum) starts with a conversation with the police and others affiliated with the Norwegian authorities. We need your explanation to start an application for protection (asylum) and further process your application. We will contact you, and you will then receive additional information. Please note that without your explanation, the Norwegian authorities cannot process your case. If your case is not processed, your rights in Norway will be limited.
We recommend you stay where you are until the Norwegian authorities have spoken to you. You will get information on where and when to attend the interview.
If you move, you must inform the police about your new address so that the Norwegian authorities can contact you. This is also important for your case to be processed.
Have you already applied for family immigration?
The UDI processes the application for protection first. If you have already applied for family immigration, the UDI will wait to process this application. We process the application for protection (asylum) first.
Before you leave the quarantine hotel or reception centre, the police and other Norwegian authorities must talk with you. Without your explanation, the Norwegian authorities cannot process your case. If your case is not processed, you will have limited rights in Norway.
We recommend that you stay at the hotel or reception centre until the Norwegian authorities have spoken to you. You will be told where and when to attend the interview.
If you must leave the quarantine hotel or reception centre, it is important that you give your contact address to the police, so that the Norwegian authorities can contact you. It is also important for your case to be processed.
If you have questions about the housing situation or quarantine for evacuated persons in Norway, please call +47 400 18 788. Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., every day (Monday to Sunday). If you are a volunteer or wishes to contribute, you may also call this phoneline.
No, family and friends cannot visit you while you are staying at the OCC.
The entire facility at the OCC is a quarantine hotel for persons who travel to Norway and are required to be in an entry quarantine (quarantine hotel). Due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus, people from outside, friends and family cannot visit you while you are staying here.
The Norwegian authorities recommend that we keep at least one meter distance and are not with anyone other than those we live with. If anyone comes to visit you, they will be stopped at the entrance and expelled from the place.
If you break the visiting rules, UDI may decide that you must move to another location.
No, you cannot go on overnight visits outside the OCC.
Due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus, we ask you not to go on overnight visits outside the OCC.
We ask you to stay at the OCC until UDI informs you that you are moving. In the days ahead, a lot will happen. Some persons will be interviewed, some will move, and some will go for a health check which is mandatory when you come to Norway. You will get information on what will happen next. It is important that UDI can find you to give you information and tell you when it is your turn.