Your application may be forwarded to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). If that happens, the UDI's waiting times will apply.

The table below shows how long the different police districts take to process applications. The waiting time starts when you have handed all the necessary documents to the police and ends when you can expect a reply.

How long you have to wait may change. If the police can process the application, you will know the correct waiting time when you submit your application to the police. If the application is sent to the UDI for processing, you will receive a letter telling how long you have to wait.

Police District or officeHow long the police takeYour application may be forwarded to the UDI within
Agder Police District 10 weeks 10 weeks
Finnmark Police District 8 weeks 2 weeks
Innlandet Police District  2 to 3 months  1 week to 3 months 
Møre og Romsdal Police District 6 to 8 weeks  6 to 8 weeks 
Nordland Police District  4 to 30 days 7 to 14 days 
Oslo Police District 5 months  5 months 
Southwestern Police District 3 weeks  3 weeks 
Southeastern Police District 3 months  3 months 
Troms Police District 8 to 10 weeks  2 weeks 
Trøndelag Police District  6 to 7 months  3 to 4 weeks 
Western Police District  2 months  3 months 
Western Police District, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Bergen 2 months 3 months 
Eastern Police District 6 weeks 1 week