As of 1 October 2021, there is a change in what we can count as income when assessing whether the income requirement is met in applications for family immigration. Introduction benefits no longer count as future income in applications handed in on 1 October 2021 or later. "Handed in" means that you have attended the appointment with the police/embassy/VFS application centre to hand in the documents on the checklist. If you have an appointment to hand in the documents on 1 October or later, this change will apply to you.
If you apply for family immigration with a refugee, you can be exempted from the income requirement if you apply before specific deadlines.
The reference person can have one or more of these types of income.
The amendment also affects how we count previous income if the reference person received introduction benefits after 1 October 2021. We do not include introduction benefits received from 1 October 2021 and later when we assess whether the requirement for previous income has been met.
The required amount of income is the same as before. Here you can see the requirements for income in family immigration cases. We do not include introduction benefits for October, November and December 2021 or later when we assess the total income.
You have a case waiting in line at UDI, which will not be processed until 2022. When the UDI assesses the case, we will look at the income in 2021 as the previous income. If the reference person received introduction benefits in October, November, December 2021 or later, gross introduction benefits will be deducted from the income. This means that the amount of introduction benefits before tax is not counted as income. The reference person must meet the income requirement for the entire period until UDI makes the decision.
For applications that have already been submitted to the embassy/VFS application centre abroad or to the police in Norway before 1 October 2021, the rules for future income are unchanged. Introduction benefits can in these cases be counted as future income. This applies even if the UDI assesses the application after 1 October 2021.
The requirement for previous income will, on the other hand, be affected if the reference person receives introduction benefits after 1 October 2021, even if the application was handed in earlier. Introduction benefits received after 1 October 2021 will then be deducted from the taxable income.
If the reference person does not have enough income when the introduction benefit is deducted, we recommend that you wait to apply for family immigration until the income requirement is met.
If your application is already registered in the Application Portal and you have paid the fee, but you have not yet handed the documents on the checklist, you can request to withdraw the application and have the fee refunded. You do this by contacting the embassy or police district to which you sent the application electronically.
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