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 Kingdom

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?: At a Visa application centre/ embassy/consulate abroad

Information for those who have submitted an application for family immigration 

In the period from 15 January 2024 to 1 April 2024, we will be processing applications submitted up to and including 15 February 2023. If your case requires any additional investigations, you have to wait longer for a decision.  


Limited capacity to respond to inquiries

We have limited capacity to respond to inquiries by telephone and e-mail. It is the same employees who respond to inquiries and who process the cases. We understand that many people want to contact us because of the waiting times. However, we will not be able to provide any further information about waiting times than what is stated on this page. We therefore encourage you not to contact us if the inquiry concerns waiting times.


If UDI has to do or has done additional investigations

The waiting times for the police or the embassy to conduct an interview, take DNA samples or carry out other investigations vary from place to place. You can find information about waiting times at the police on the police's website (external website) and about waiting times at the embassy on the various embassies' websites (external website). UDI cannot answer how long you will have to wait for additional investigations to be carried out at the police or at the embassy.

If you or the reference person has been interviewed by the police or the embassy, we aim to process the application within 4 months from the date we received the application back from the police or the embassy. The waiting time of 4 months applies in cases where the UDI has sent the application to the police or the embassy for an interview to be carried out. This does not apply to applications where an interview was conducted at the embassy in connection with submitting the application. In these cases, the waiting time described at the top of this page applies.

This information was last updated on 25 January 2024.

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