Immigration lawyer Norway
We assist foreigners with immigration applications and setting up a business in Norway. For persons residing outside the EU/EEA area an immigration application is required.
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (“UDI”) is responsible for processing applications from foreign nationals who wish to visit or live in Norway, the running of asylum reception centres and expulsions cases.
UDI has a well developed website were one can find valuable information about how to apply, where to deliver the application and which documentation that is required.
This type of permit is applied for if you have a family member in Norway who you want to come and live with. Typically for spouses, cohabitants, financés, children, parents and other family members. The processing time for these types of permits is usually quite long, but it varies depending on which country you are from. Generally one should expect around 12 months processing time.
If you are a skilled worker or a sesonal worker and would like to work in Norway you would need this type of permit. These types of permits generally have less processing time with UDI.
Appealing a decision
Be aware that the deadline for appealing a decision is 3 weeks from the date on which you, your authorised representative or your lawyer received the decision or when you should have become aware of the decision. If you have not managed to get all the documentation you would like to enclose with your appeal within the 3 weeks period, you still have to submit the appeal within the 3 weeks but you can write in the appeal that you would like to send in more documentation. You will then typically be granted another 2 weeks to submit the rest of the documentation.
Before you send in an appeal you should make sure that you have can document your case properly so that you have the best possible chance of getting the appeal accepted.
What happens when you appeal?
When you appeal then the UDI will reconsider your case. Then there could be two outcomes; the UDI could either grant your appeal or forward it to the Immigration Appeals Board (“UNE”) for consideration. If it is forwarded to UNE they will consider your case again, and either reject or grant your appeal.
Can UDI cover my legal expenses if I appeal?
In some cases one can get the legal expenses covered. Four conditions needs to be met:
- the UDI changed the decision in you case after you appealed
- the expenses were necessary in order to get the decision changed
- the reason why the UDI changed the decision was not that your situation had changed after the first decision, for example that you got a pay increase
- the reason why the UDI changed the decision was that the immigration authorities had made a mistake, for example that the application was rejected because they overlooked that you had handed in an employment contract before we made the decision
You have to apply for coverage of legal expenses no later than three weeks after you received the answer for your appeal.
How can we help?
Since the waiting time for a lot of application types are quite long these days, it is beneficial to make sure that the application fulfills the requirements the first time that it is sent in. In this way one would avoid having to appeal or submitting another application with new waiting time.
Get in touch with us to discuss your case either through phone: +47 23688558 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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