Guide to waiting time in family immigration cases


In order to tell you how long you have to wait for an answer to your application, we ask you to answer a few questions.

The information on this page is personalised for

The applicant is a citizen of : United States

What is the residence permit or citizenship of your family member in Norway?: Norwegian/Nordic citizen

What type of application have you submitted?: First time application (do not already have a family immigration permit)

What alternative describes your situation?: Have a spouse/registered partner in Norway

Where did you hand in your application?: With the police in Norway

The waiting time for your case depends on whether you have submitted your documents to the police or a VFS Application Centre before or after 1 January 2022. This is because UDI is changing the way we process applications,  aiming for more applicants to get their application decision faster. You can read more about why we do this. 

The waiting time is calculated from the date you handed in your documents to the police or the VFS Application Centre. 

If you call us, we will not be able to give you any further information regarding the waiting time than what you find here. If we need more information to process your application, we will contact you. 

Information about waiting time

If you handed in your documents before 1 January 2022

Today it normally takes 12 months from you handed in your documents to the police, an embassy, consulate or a Visa Application Centre abroad, until you get an answer to your application.

If the UDI has to make additional investigations, it may take longer until you get an answer. If you have been notified that you will be summoned for an interview with the police or at the embassy, it will normally take a total of 15 months from you handed in your documents to the police or at the embassy until you receive an answer.


If you handed in your documents after 1 January 2022 

After handing in your documents to the police or the VFS Application Centre, it may take up to 4 months before we go through your application.

  • If information or documents are missing from your application, we will contact you. 
  • If your application is complete and does not require additional investigations, we will process your case, and you will receive a decision from us. 
  • If your case requires additional investigation, this will be conducted. How long it will take to complete the investigations will vary. You can read more about what the additional investigations may involve. 

This information was last updated on 

28 April 2022

. It will be updated again on 

29 May

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