Want to apply Applying for protection (asylum) in Norway

You can apply for protection (asylum) if you are persecuted or if you fear persecution or inhumane treatment in your home country.

The applicant is the person who wish to apply for protection (asylum) in Norway. 

How to apply

  • You must be in Norway or at the Norwegian border in order to apply. (The only exception is for resettlement/quota refugees).
  • You have an obligation to tell the truth to the Norwegian authorities. Failing to do so is punishable by law.
  • You must go to the police to apply for protection. You will then be sent to an arrival centre.
  • The police will have a conversation with you to register your application, and the UDI will interview you about why you are applying for protection. You are entitled to an interpreter when you are being registered and interviewed. Interpreters are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
  • If you later have a child who is born in Norway, you must apply for a residence permit for the child.  

Submission of the protection application and registration with the police

  • At Ankomstsenter Østfold the police will register your application.
  • The police will take your fingerprints and have a conversation with you.
  • You must state your name, age and address. 
  • You must submit your passport and any other documents that can tell us who you are.
  • You must state the name, age and address of your closest relatives.
  • The police may also ask you other questions you have to answer. For example questions about your travel to Norway, and why you are applying for protection. Many applicants will also be sent to the police in Oslo to be interviewed in more detail.

What happens at Ankomstsenter Østfold?

You will stay at Ankomstsenter Østfold for 1–2 days before you will move to an asylum reception centre

  • You will be tested for tuberculosis at a nearby hospital. Transportation to the hospital will be provided.
  • The Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) will inform you about your rights and obligations as an asylum seeker.
  • You will get information about what it is important that you talk about in the interview.
  • After all the necessary steps at Ankomstsenter Østfold are completed, you will move to an asylum reception centre. While staying at the asylum reception centre, the UDI will inform you on when you will have your asylum interview.

Unaccompanied minor who apply for protection

  • If you are under the age of 18 and are applying for protection without being accompanied by your parents, you are entitled to a representative. You will also be appointed a lawyer.
  • You will be offered an age examination.
  • You will be sent to Mysebu transit centre after being registered by the police at Tøyen in Oslo. 

Can you work before your application is processed?

Check whether you as an asylum seeker can work or participate in voluntary work before your application is processed, and how to apply for a work permit for asylum seekers.

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