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 8 weeks 4 weeks
Finnmark Police District 2 to 4 weeks 2 weeks
Finnmark, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Kirkenes 1 to 2 weeks 1 week
Innlandet Police District 2 to 3 months 1 week to 3 months
Møre og Romsdal Police District 3 to 6 weeks 3 to 6 weeks
Nordland Police District 11 days 7 to 14 days
Oslo Police District    
Oslo, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Oslo 1 month 6 months
Southwestern Police District 7 weeks 7 weeks
Southwestern, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Stavanger 3 weeks 3 weeks
Southeastern Police District 3 months 3 months
Troms Police District 16 weeks 2 weeks
Trøndelag Police District 1 to 2 weeks 1 week
Trøndelag, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Trondheim 1 to 2 weeks 1 week
Western Police District 1 month 1 month
Western, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Bergen 1 month 1 month
Eastern 2 weeks 2 weeks