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Family reunification

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A family member abroad can apply for family reunification with one or more family members who already live in Norway. Family reunification means that the family member is granted permission to stay in Norway.

It is the family member or members who want to come to Norway who has to apply for family reunification. The application must be submitted to the nearest embassy or foreign mission. Staff in the foreign mission can help with filling in the application. In most cases the application must be granted before the applicant can travel to Norway. Applicants must themselves pay for their journey to Norway.

The family member or family members in Norway must possess

  • Norwegian citizenship or citizenship of another Nordic country
  • a settlement permit in Norway
  • a residence permit that can lead to a settlement permit

The family member must also be able to document that he or she is capable of supporting the person or people applying for family reunification. The person concerned must also have a place to live.

Family reunification normally only applies to close family members. Close family members are:

  • children under 18 years of age
  • a spouse or registered partner
  • someone with whom the person has cohabited for at least two years

It is possible for other family members to apply for family reunification with a family member in Norway. These include children over the age of 18 years old, parents and others. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) or a Norwegian foreign mission can provide more information about this.

You can read more about family reunification on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s website.

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