Information regarding the situation in Afghanistan and applications about residence in Norway
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Information about leaving Afghanistan
Where can I find information about leaving Afghanistan?
Evacuation from Kabul has been terminated (external website). Norwegian authorities can no longer assist with departure from Kabul. We know that it may be challenging to leave Afghanistan now. Unfortunately, UDI cannot answer questions regarding leaving Afghanistan or the situation in Kabul.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to Afghanistan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises all Norwegian citizens against travelling to Afghanistan. When the Norwegian embassy in Kabul is closed, Norwegian authorities will not be able to provide consular assistance to Norwegian citizens who experience challenges when travelling to Afghanistan.
Family immigration from Afghanistan
Will UDI process applications for family immigration from Afghanistan faster?
UDI has previously decided that the reference person in Norway can submit an application on behalf of close relatives in Afghanistan. However, more examinations are often needed, such as DNA testing and interviews.
Applications may take time because
- the applicant who will be interviewed still has to meet at a VFS Application Centre in Pakistan. If the case investigations include a DNA test, the applicant has to meet in person at the embassy in Islamabad to conduct the DNA test.
- the reference person must conduct an interview with the police in Norway.
- applicants who have received a residence permit in Norway must meet at a VFS Application Centre in Pakistan to obtain an entry visa to Norway.
Due to this, the waiting time will be as long as the waiting time for applicants from other countries, where similar examinations must be done. Here you will find more information regarding the estimated waiting time for applications submitted last year.
Although UDI monitors the situation in Afghanistan, no general priority has been given because the applicant is in Afghanistan. Applicants who want priority must request this, and an individual assessment will be made.
If you have further questions regarding the prioritization of your application, you can use our guide to check if your case can be moved to the front of the queue.
I have close family members in Afghanistan who are not allowed to leave the country now to apply for family immigration. Can I apply on behalf of them from Norway?
Due to the current security situation in Afghanistan and difficulties crossing national borders, it will temporarily be possible for a family member in Norway (the reference person) to apply for family immigration on behalf of a family member who is in Afghanistan.
You can read how to apply here.
What requirements are set for the person living in Norway (the reference person) for the family to obtain family immigration in Norway?
It is a requirement that the person in Norway has been granted a residence permit in Norway. There are also income requirements in family immigration cases. There are exemptions to this income requirement if the reference person has recently received protection (asylum) and the application has been registered within 6 months after the date stated in the first decision letter the reference person received.
Several requirements apply to obtain family immigration. Amongst other things, the marriage must be valid and entered into voluntarily. You will find an overview of additional requirements by answering our web page's questions, «Want to apply for family immigration».
Are there any changes in who can obtain a family immigration permit from Afghanistan?
There are no changes in which family members can obtain a family immigration permit from Afghanistan.
Those who usually apply for family immigration are spouses or children of a person who already lives in Norway. Other examples are parents who have minor children in Norway or minor full siblings of persons residing in Norway.
Adult siblings, aunts/uncles, grandparents, nephews/nieces, cousins, or other distant relatives cannot get family immigration to Norway.
There are neither no changes in the requirements to obtain a family immigration permit. For information regarding the requirements for your case type, please follow this link and answer the questions to find the relevant information.
May I have my entry deadline extended if I already have a family immigration permit?
Suppose you already have a family immigration permit and cannot travel to Norway within the entry deadline stated in your permit. In that case, UDI can help you extend the entry deadline. You can contact us by choosing the relevant case type and filling in the contact form.
Protection in Norway
What can the Norwegian authorities do for my family in Afghanistan?
There is no change in the application process for a residence permit in Norway, and the rules for family immigration are the same. However, there is a change in how you can apply for family immigration.
To apply for protection in Norway, you must be in Norway or at the Norwegian border to apply. It is not possible to apply for asylum in Norway from a different country. Afghans who may get residence through the quota refugee scheme must have a direct or indirect connection to Norway. There is no quota for receiving refugees from Afghanistan except those who have a connection to Norway. If you are outside Afghanistan, please get in touch with UNHCR where you are staying (external website). It is the UNHCR that decides whether you can be considered a refugee.
An application scheme has been established for former local employees in the Armed Forces and at the embassy. The application scheme will be available until 1 September 2022. You can find information about the instructions at regjeringen.no (external website).
You will find information on the application process and how to apply on the websites of the Embassy of Pakistan (external website) and Afghanistan. (external website)
If you are in Afghanistan and you previously have received a final rejection on an application for protection or another residence permit, the case in which you have received a decision will not be reconsidered.
Please be aware that the Norwegian authorities have stopped the evacuation in Kabul.
We know that many experience challenges in leaving Afghanistan now. Unfortunately, UDI cannot help people to get out of Afghanistan.
Information about the waiting time for asylum seekers from Afghanistan
The waiting time to get an interview and an answer to the application
Some applicants receive an answer to the application within 21 days of applying. Many must wait longer.
We conduct most interviews in person. We conduct some interviews online (Teams).
The waiting time for the interview
We will interview most people who applied before December 2021 by the end of January 2022. You will be notified of the date and time of the interview in due course.
Have you been interviewed by UDI and not received an answer?
We will process some applications shortly after the interview, while other applications must wait to be processed.
If we are waiting to process your application, you will receive a letter from us. We must put some applications on hold because the situation in Afghanistan is too unclear for us to assess the need for protection. It is unclear exactly what is happening in Afghanistan so soon after the Taliban took power. There are conflicting messages, and it is difficult for us to know which information is correct or not.
Do you have documents that you have not handed in?
Evacuated persons who are in Norway
I and/or my family were evacuated from Afghanistan to Norway by the Norwegian authorities. What must we do to get a residence permit?
Some of those evacuated to Norway will have their case processed as resettlement refugees (quota refugees).
Afghan citizens who were evacuated and allowed to enter Norway as a family member of a Norwegian citizen will have their case processed as an application for protection (asylum). If this applies to you, it means that you should not apply for family immigration. The same applies to other evacuees who will not be processed as transfer refugees.
The application for protection (asylum) starts with a conversation with the police and others affiliated with the Norwegian authorities. We need your explanation to start an application for protection (asylum) and further process your application. If you have registered your application but have not yet spoken to the police, you can contact the National Police Immigration Service (NPIS) at phone number 22 34 24 00.
Please note that without your explanation, the Norwegian authorities cannot process your case. If your case is not processed, your rights in Norway will be limited.
We recommend you stay where you are until the Norwegian authorities have spoken to you. You must inform the police about your address so that the Norwegian authorities can contact you. This is also important for your case to be processed.
Have you already applied for family immigration?
The UDI processes the application for protection first. If you have already applied for family immigration, the UDI will wait to process this application. We process the application for protection (asylum) first.
I and/or my family now live at the national asylum reception centre. Can I leave this place to stay with my family?
Before you leave the reception centre, the police and other Norwegian authorities must talk with you. Without your explanation, the Norwegian authorities cannot process your case. If your case is not processed, you will have limited rights in Norway.
We recommend that you stay at the reception centre until the Norwegian authorities have spoken to you. You will be told where and when to attend the interview.
If you have questions about the housing situation for evacuated persons in Norway, please talk to an employee where you live, or contact our Regional Office.
How do I renew my Afghan passport?
I have an expired Afghan passport, and I cannot renew my passport at the Afghan embassy. What do I do?
The UDI is aware that it is currently impossible to obtain new passports at the Afghan embassy in Oslo and other foreign service missions.
You can instead apply for an Immigrant’s passport if:
- you are an Afghan citizen who has a residence permit in Norway and,
- you do not have refugee status and,
- you do not get your Afghan passport renewed and,
- we know your identity (it will be stated in the decision letter for your residence permit).
It is currently problematic for Afghan citizens to obtain an Afghan passport, and we do not know how long this situation will persist. Therefore, UDI follows the situation closely. It also means that this information may change if the situation changes.