Card for asylum seeker

When you apply for protection (asylum) in Norway you will get a card confirming that you are an asylum seeker, called card for asylum seeker.

The police will give you this card when they register your application for protection. The card is valid for six months and you can renew it if it expires before you have received an answer to your application.

The card for asylum seekers looks a little different after December 2017 than before, and for a period of time both the new and old types of cards will be valid. If you have the old version of the card, you can therefore keep it until it expires. You will receive the new version the next time you renew your card.

What can you use the card for?

The card can only be used as a confirmation that you have applied for protection (asylum) in Norway and that you can legally stay in Norway while we process your application. 

What can you not use the card for?

  • You cannot use the card as an ID document or as a travel document. This is because the card’s information is solely based on what you have told us.
  • You cannot work with this card. To work you must get a temporary work permit from the UDI

Who cannot get a card for asylum seekers?

You will not get a card for asylum seekers if

  • you have not applied for protection (asylum)
  • you have been granted a residence permit in Norway. You will then get a residence card instead.
  • your application has been finally rejected by the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE)
  • the UDI has rejected your application for protection (asylum) and it has been decided that you cannot stay in Norway while your appeal is being processed.

For more information about the card for asylum seekers and how to renew the card, you must contact the police (external website).

New card for asylum seeker


Old card for asylum seeker

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