Requirement to be at least 24 years old in applications for family immigration


In some applications for family immigration for spouses and cohabitants, both the persons must have turned 24 years old.

On this page, we use the word 'reference person'. The reference person = the family member living in Norway.

The regulations depend on whether you are married or cohabitants.

Spouses

You must fill the requirement if you

  • hand in the application documents to the police, embassy, consulate or Visa Application centre after 1 January 2017, and 
  • you married after the reference person moved to Norway, or the reference person has always lived in Norway

You must both be at least 24 years old when the application is processed.

Please note! We have previously mistakenly published inormation which stated that you did not need to fulfil the requirement if you filled in the application form and paid the fee before 1 January. Therefore, if you filled in the application form and paid the fee between 16 December and 1 January and hand in the application documents as soon as you can get an appointment, you do not need to fulfil the requirement. However, if you filled in the application form and paid the fee before 16 December, but did not hand in the documents before 1 January, you must fulfil the requirement.  

Who can be exempted from the requirement?

You can be exempted from the requirement to be at least 24 years old if it is clear that you are both in the relationship of your own free will.

This means that if the UDI believes that there is no risk of forced marriage, it is not necessary that you have turned 24 years old. When the UDI assesses if you can be given an exemption, we will consider what countries you both come from, and your cultural background.

It is also not necessary for you to have turned 24 if you married before any of you moved to Norway.  

Cohabitants

You must fill the requirement if you

  • hand in the application documents to the police, embassy, consulate or Visa Application centre after 1 January 2017, and 
    • you are cohabitants without children, and you lived together for less than two years before you moved to Norway, or
    • you are cohabitants without children, and the child was conceived after the reference person moved to Norway. (There is no requirement if the child was conceived while you both had a residence permit or citizenship in Norway.)

You must both be at least 24 years old when the application is processed.

Please note! We have previously mistakenly published inormation which stated that you did not need to fulfil the requirement if you filled in the application form and paid the fee before 1 January. Therefore, if you filled in the application form and paid the fee between 16 December and 1 January and hand in the application documents as soon as you can get an appointment, you do not need to fulfil the requirement. However, if you filled in the application form and paid the fee before 16 December, but did not hand in the documents before 1 January, you must fulfil the requirement.  

Who can be exempted from the requirement?

You can be exempted from the requirement to be at least 24 years old if it is clear that you are both in the relationship of your own free will.

This means that if the UDI believes that there is no risk of forced marriage, it is not necessary that you have turned 24 years old. When the UDI assesses if you can be given an exemption, we will consider what countries you come from, and your cultural background.

It is also not necessary for you to have turned 24 if you lived together for at least two years before you moved to Norway, or you have a child who was conceived before either of you moved to Norway (or was conceived while you both had a residence permit or citizenship in Norway).