Important information to asylum seekers

Who can apply for asylum?

You can apply for asylum if you suffer persecution or fear you will suffer persecution or inhumane treatment in your home country. You must be in Norway or at the Norwegian border to apply.

Who should not apply for asylum?

Asylum will not be granted to persons whose purpose in coming to Norway is to find work or to study, not to find protection. If you come here to work or study, you must apply for a permit with the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

1. Contact the police when you come to Norway

It is important that you contact the police as soon as you arrive. You can report to the police in person at:

The National Police Immigration Service
Økernveien 11-13,
0653 Oslo

Business hours
Monday through Friday 0800–1900
Saturday 1100–1600
Sunday 1100–1600

2. What happens when you register an application?

You will need to:

  • give your name, age, and address, and the names, ages and addresses of close relatives;
  • hand in your passport and other travel and identity documents;
  • state how you came to Norway and whether you have passed through other countries on your way here;
  • state why you are applying for asylum.

The police will take your picture and your fingerprints, and will check whether you have applied for asylum in any other European country, in which case you will be sent back to that country.

Giving incorrect information when applying for asylum is a punishable crime.

You will be given an asylum application registration card, and you will be given a medical examination, food and temporary accommodation. You will remain at an arrival centre for a few days before being sent to a reception centre. The address of Ankomstsenter Østfold is Mosseveien 58, 1640 Råde.

If you are under the age of 18, unaccompanied by your parents and are seeking asylum, someone will be appointed to protect your interests and be present during your registration.

All employees and interpreters at the National Police Immigration Service are bound by a duty of professional secrecy. This means that the police cannot release information about your application to anybody else, including the authorities in your home country. The information will be used by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration to process your application.

3. Asylum application processing


The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) will process your application for asylum.

4. When you receive a reply to your asylum application

If you are granted a residence permit, you will need to go to the local police station in person. There, you will be issued with a residence card confirming that you have been granted a temporary residence permit in Norway.

If you receive a final and enforceable rejection of your asylum application, you will have to return to your country of nationality. If you fail to do so, the police may deport you.