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.

We update the information on this page once a month.

Police District or office How long the police take to process applications Your application may be forwarded to the UDI, usually within
Agder Police District 4 months 4 months
Finnmark Police District 1 to 2 months 1 to 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  7 to 14 days  7 to 14 days 
Oslo Police District 4 months 4 months
Oslo Police District, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA), Oslo 5 months 5 months
Southwestern Police District 11 weeks  11 weeks 
Southeastern Police District 3 months   3 months
Troms Police District 4 to 6 weeks 2 weeks 
Trøndelag Police District  5 months  1 to 2 weeks
Trøndelag, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Trondheim 7 months  
Western Police District  3 months  3 months 
Western Police District, Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) Bergen 3 months 3 months 
Eastern Police District 4 to 5 months 1 to 5 months