National arrival centre

The National arrival centre is the primary location for people to register an application for protection in Norway. Applicants live at the centre until they have completed all the steps involved in applying for protection in Norway.

Arrival centre process:

  • Registration with the police.
  • Registration in the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) asylum reception centre system.
  • Mandatory tuberculosis testing and medical examination.
  • Information from Caritas about the further asylum process.
  • Some asylum seekers will have their asylum interview and receive a decision on their applications while staying at the centre.

The anticipated length of stay at an arrival centre is up to 21 days.