How do I appeal a decision from an embassy?

If an embassy has made the decision in your application, you must hand in your appeal to the same embassy. 

Who can appeal?

What is the deadline for appealing?

  • You must appeal within three weeks from the date when you, your authorised representative or your lawyer received the decision, or when you should have become aware of the decision.
  • Have you not managed to obtain all the documentation you wish to enclose with your appeal within the three-week deadline? You must still submit your appeal within the deadline, but you can write in your appeal that you wish to send us more documentation. You will then be given a new deadline of two weeks to submit the documentation.

How do you appeal?

  1. Write a letter where you explain which decision you are appealing and why you believe the decision you have received is incorrect. The letter must be written in Norwegian or English. 
  2. Sign the letter (Appeals without a signature are rejected).
  3. Send the letter to the embassy. If you have any new information or documentation, you must enclose it. You can find information about how submit the appeal in the rejection letter.

It does not cost anything to appeal.

How long will it take before your appeal is decided?

Please see the embassy's website (external website) for information about waiting times.

What happens when you appeal a decision?

  1. When you appeal, the embassy will reconsider your case.
  2. The embassy can either grant your appeal or forward it to UDI for consideration. You can read about how long it takes to get an answer if the appeal is sent to UDI here.
  3. UDI will consider your case again and either reject or grant your appeal. If you have questions about the content of UDI's decision, you can contact us by phone.
  4. If UDI also rejects your appeal, there are no other possibilities of appeal.