If you are not already in Norway when your application is granted, you can now travel to Norway.
First, you must check whether you need a visa to enter Norway. Please check whether you need a visa.
You can travel to Norway at any time within the deadline stated in your decision (normally six months).
It is unfortunately not possible to get support from the UDI to pay for the travel to Norway, even if you are a family member of a refugee.
A residence card is a plastic card in credit card format that proves that you have been granted a residence permit in Norway. The police will order your residence card.
If you are under the age of 18, your parents or guardian must accompany you to the police.
If you used the Application Portal to register your application, you can now log in to the Application Portal to book an appointment (external website).
If you did not use the Application Portal Norway when you applied for a residence permit, you must instead call your local police district to book an appointment. You cannot call the UDI to book an appointment.
The police will take your fingerprints and photo, and will then order your residence card.
It will take at least 20 working days from your appointment with the police until you receive the card in the post.
Please check that you are registered with the correct postal address and that your name is on your letter box. If not, the card will not reach you. If the card is lost in the mail, it will take another ten working days until you can get a new one.
If you are planning trips to abroad, you should therefore make sure there is plenty of time between your appointment with the police and your planned departure date.
If you have not received your residence card by mail or if you have any questions about residence cards, you must contact the local police office where you applied for a residence card. (external website)
A residence card is a plastic card in credit card format that proves that you have been granted a residence permit in Norway. The police will order a residence card for you.
If you have applied from Norway, it may be that you can get your residence card without meeting at the police station again. If this applies to you, the police will send you the residence card in the mail. This means that you do not have to book an appointment. Read below who must book an appointment.
Booking an appointment in the Application Portal:
If you used the Application Portal to register your application, you can now log in here to book the appointment (external website).
Booking an appointment by phone:
If you did not use the Application Portal when you applied for a residence permit, you must instead call your local police district to book an appointment. You cannot call the UDI to book an appointment.
When you meet at the police to order a residence card, we notify the Tax Administration that you have been granted a residence permit. The Tax Administration decides whether you will be given a d-number or a national identity number.
About two weeks after you met at the police, you will receive a letter from the Tax Administration with your national identity number or your d number.
If you have changed your address in Norway since you applied for a residence permit, you must inform the police about this when you meet there, so that the correct residence address is registered in the National Registry.
If you have questions about tax deduction cards because you are going to work in Norway, you will find information on the Tax Administration's website about how foreign citizens apply for tax deduction cards (external website).
If you received a d-number when you should have received a national identity number, you must contact the National Registry (external website).
If you are a family member of an EU/EEA citizen, you must contact the Norwegian Tax Administration to be assigned a D number or a national identification number.
You will be assigned a national identification number from the Norwegian Tax Administration by reporting your move to Norway (external website) after being granted a residence card as a family member to an EU/EEA citizen.
Suppose you want to start working before you have been granted a residence card as a family member to an EU/EEA citizen. In that case, you must apply to the Norwegian Tax Administration for a tax deduction card (external website). Before you start working, you must provide documentation showing that your family member has the right of residence in Norway. Having a right of residence means that the EU/EEA citizen is either an employee, self-employed, a student, has their own funds, or is employed by a foreign enterprise. If he/she is a student or is in Norway on their own funds, he/she must have insurance.
You are entitled to different types of health care (external website) depending on your situation.
If the family member you were granted family immigration with has been granted refugee status in Norway, you can also apply for refugee status. This is also called 'derived' status.
If you are granted refugee status, you can also be issued a travel document for refugees, like your family member.
This residence permit is valid for a maximum of six months. You must hand in the application for a residence permit with your spouse at least one month before the residence permit for getting married expires.
This means that you have less than five months to get married. On the Tax Administration's website you get an overview of what you have to do to get married (external website). There is a lot you need to do during these five months, therefore it is important that you start the formal processes surrounding the marriage as early as possible.
The corona situation
If you experience delays in getting married because of the corona situation, you can apply for a renewal of the residence permit (your fiancé permit) in this particular situation.
In some cases, you may lose your residence permit.
Losing a permit means that the UDI has decided that the residence permit is no longer valid. It may mean that you are no longer allowed to live in Norway or that you will be granted a new residence permit, and your residence period in Norway will restart.
There may be different reasons why you lose your residence permit, for example, if:
Here you will find more information about revoking a residence permit.