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FORMAL PROCESSES AND PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

Below you’ll find information about the most important authorities relevant for the process for asylum seekers and the settlement of refugees, as well as organisations helping refugees deal with these processes.

UDI (The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration)

UDI is a governmental body affiliated to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. UDI process applications for residency and asylum in Norway. They run reception centres and decide whether an applicant is granted residency or asylum. If your application is rejected, you have the right to appeal (see UNE below).

Here you’ll find information about how to apply for residency or seek asylum.

Here is where you apply for residency or seek asylum.

Here you’ll find a list of which documents you’ll need in order to apply for residency or seek asylum.

Here you’ll find a list of key terms and definitions relevant for your application.

Here you’ll find UDI’s information on refugee reception centres: addresses to all the receptions centres in Norway, information about how they’re run, and other information for the people living or working in the reception centres, as well as for other people who may be interested to learn more about them. Here you’ll find the same site in English.

Here is the information site for the people living at the reception centres. It can also be viewed in English.

UNE (Immigration Appeals Board)

You have the right to appeal if your application is rejected. UNE handles these appeals.

Information about UNE is available in several different languages, such as Arabic, Farsi, English, and Spanish (click on desired language).

Here you’ll find information about UNE in other languages.

NOAS (Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers)

NOAS is a non-governmental organisation. They provide information to asylum seekers about the process of seeking asylum and give guidance and legal aid.

NOAS’ brochure on the process of seeking asylum is available in different languages, such as: Norwegian, Arabic, Dari, English, Farsi, and Tigrinya (click on desired language).

Here you’ll find information about the process of seeking asylum in other languages.

Here you can watch a video with information about NOAS in English and with English subtitles.

Here you’ll find the form that you need to fill out in order to receive help and support from NOAS.

Here you’ll find NOAS’ list of links with useful information.

Here you can contact NOAS directly over the phone or by email.

IMDi (Directorate of Integration and Diversity)

IMDi is a government agency operating under the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. They are in charge of the introductory programme for newly arrived refugees (see link below), lessons in Norwegian and Norwegian society, interpretation services etc.

Information about the introductory programme is available in several different languages,  Arabic, Dari, Tigrinya, English and French (click on desired language).

Here you’ll find information about the introductory programme in other languages.

Here you’ll find information about settlement in ten different languages (scroll down in the document to find your desired language).

Here you can read the Introduction Act in its entirety (Note: Only in Norwegian).

SEIF (Self-help for Immigrants and Refugees)

SEIF is a non-governmental organisation helping immigrants in Norway to navigate the Norwegian society and acquire enough information to solve their own problems. SEIF have offices in Oslo, Kristiansand, Ålesund, Trondheim, Bergen, and Stavanger.

Here you’ll find their website. The website is available in Norwegian, English, Spanish, Somali, and Arabic. Choose language under the tab “Trenger du hjelp?”

Here is their Facebook Page.

Telephone number: 22034830

Other

The website Radikal portal provides an overview of the process for asylum seekers. You’ll find it here (Note: Only in Norwegian).

The equality and anti-discrimination ombudsman is a low-threshold service for people who encounter discrimination in Norway. You’ll find their website here here. It can also be viewed in English.

European Council on Refugees and Exiles has created an overview of relevant bodies that refugees can get in touch with in various countries. Here you’ll find this overview (scroll down in the document to find the part relevant for Norway) (Note: Only in English).

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