Guidelines to the applicant
You must be sure that your application is properly filled in before it is sent to the UDI in Norway for processing.
List of documents that you must submit
When you apply for family immigration, you and the staff at the Embassy must fill in a separate list of which documents that you have to send to the UDI with your applications. It is very important that you fill all relevant sections and sign the list. You have to do this even if you have applied online with Application Portal.
List of required documents for Japanese citizens seeking familly immigration as spouse.
List of required documents for Japanese citizens seeking familly immigration as children.
List of required documents for other nationalities and categories.
In addition to the documents in the list above, you need to bring:
- List of required documents (downloadable from the link above)
- Application fee.
- If you cannot use the Application Portal, bring a completed set of the standardized application form. In this case you do not need the cover letter from the Application Portal.
The application fee is non-refundable as soon as the application is completed. The application is not completed until the applicant appears at the Embassy in person and delivers required documents.
Exeptions from the list of required documents
One general requirement for the reference person is to submit a tax certificate documenting reference person’s previous income that must at least correspond to salary grade eight in the pay scale for Norwegian state employees (Yearly income 232,200NOK as of May 2011). Some groups of applicants do however not need to submit documentation of previous income. This exception applies when the reference person:
- is over the age of 23 and had a registered net wealth of at least NOK 1 million in the last two tax settlements – documentation must be enclosed
- receives permanent retirement pension or disability pension, totalling in excess of or equal to the minimum pension
- has completed military or civilian national service the previous year – documentation must be enclosed
- holds a residence permit as a skilled worker or a specialist, or holds a residence permit that does not form the basis for a permanent residence permit (settlement permit), which nonetheless forms the basis for family immigration (for example study permit, or a permit as a researcher with own funds).
- is a Norwegian national, a Nordic national or a foreign national with a permanent residence permit who has undergone higher education (university college or university) in Norway or abroad and has accumulated at least 60 credits or the equivalent, or has undergone vocational tertiary education in Norway equivalent to one year’s nominal length of study
If the reference person holds a residence permit in Norway on the grounds of asylum, strong humanitarian considerations, status as refugee, or family immigration, he/she is required to document that he/she has worked or undergone education in Norway for a total of four years. This requirement does not apply when the reference person:
- is holding or applying for a regular residence permit for work as a skilled worker or specialist, or researcher with own funds.
- is a Norwegian citizen
- holds a work permit as a skilled worker or specialist based on the EEA regulations.
- has turned 67 years of age.
If you do not submit all relevant documents within a week, you may get a rejection
You should submit all relevant documents within a week after you have applied. After a week the Embassy will send over the case to the UDI and you may get a rejection if you have not submitted all relevant documentation.
If you do not have the required documentation, you must write a statement
If it is not possible to provide the required documentations you or your sponsor must enclose a statement that explains why these documents are not available. Your application may be rejected on the basis of incomplete information or documentation.
Original documents and translation
You must show your passport and all documents in their original form at the Embassy. Bring certified and translated copies.
When the Embassy sends your application to the UDI, you only have to submit copies of the original documents. Bring original documents as well as your own copies when you submit the application. The copies must either be certified by a public authority, or others who have expertise as a public authority. The original documents will be returned after confirming the copies.
Documents in other languages than Norwegian, English, French, German and Spanish must be translated by an authorized translator to Norwegian or English, and it must be clearly stated who has performed the translation and when.
Persons from countries with documents that need an Apostille stamp
Documents from countries that have ratified the Hague Convention, including Japan, must have an apostille stamp before you can submit the documents to us. For Japanese citizens, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information: http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/toko/todoke/shomei/index.html
List of states in the Hague Convention: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=states.listing
Persons from countries with documents that need a legalisation
Documents from countries that are not members of the Hague Convention must be legalised by the foreign authority of the country where the document has been issued. Legalisation means that the foreign authority in the issuing country by endorsement, has confirmed that the document is signed / issued by the competent authority. If you're wondering what rules apply to you, please contact the Norwegian Embassy.
Interview of the applicant
In some cases the Embassy/the police will conduct an interview with the applicant/sponsor.
For more information about Family Immigration, please see: http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Family-immigration/
For more information about application procedures, please click here.
To go straight to the Application Portal, please click here.
Further inquiries and questions to the Embassy concerning visa and residence permits can be sent by e-mail to email@example.com.