If you wish to come to Norway through family immigration you must, as a rule, have been granted a residence permit before entering Norway. However, in exceptional cases when there is no doubt that all the criteria are met, you may enter Norway before you have been granted a residence permit. In such cases, you need an entry visa if you are subject to the visa requirement – a visa for applying for or waiting for a decision on an application for family immigration (so-called D-visa).
The main purpose of the entry visa scheme is that the applicant can get an entry visa to Norway and submit the application for a residence permit at the police in Norway. By that, the applicant can wait in Norway until the application for a residence permit has been processed, and the processing time will be considerable shorter since the police will handle the case themselves and not send it on for further processing in the UDI. Correspondingly, persons who have already applied for a residence permit can be granted an entry visa so that they can travel to Norway to wait for their application to be decided.
A D-visa can only be granted in certain exceptional cases. It is a condition that there is no doubt about whether the conditions for family immigration are met. The Embassy will reject applications for a D-visa if the conditions are not met, or if the Embassy is in doubt about whether all the conditions are met. If you are in doubt whether you meet all the requirements, please see UDI's Circular 2013-001.
Only Turkish citizens can apply for a D-visa at the Visa Application Centers. However, since UDI considers that there is a need to interview the reference in most family immigration cases where the applicant is a Turkish citizen and in all cases where the reference is under 25 years old, most Turkish citizens will not be eligible for a D-visa. If the Embassy considers that there is a possibility that there will be an interview of the reference in the family immigration case, the application for a D-visa will be rejected. The Embassy cannot interview the reference on behalf of the police in Norway.
The D-visa will only be granted if the Embassy has been provided with documents proving that the relationship is of a long-lasting and serious character, for instance documentation showing that the applicant and the reference have been living together for a longer period.
The application for a D-visa will normally not be granted if the reference has come to Norway on a family immigration permit.
In addition to spouses, also joint children who wish family immigration can apply. For more information about D-visas in family immigration cases, please see UDI Circular 2013-001.
D-visas can also be given for the spouses/joint children of skilled workers with residence permits in Norway. Please see UDI Circular 2013-004.
Please contact the Embassy if you have questions about a D-visa for waiting for a decision in a residence case with another purpose than family immigration.
How to submit a D-visa application:
Register a C-visa application in the Application Portal, pay the fee and book an appointment for submitting the application at the Visa Application Centre. The Embassy will change this into an application for a D-visa when we receive the application from the Visa Application Centre.
In addition to the documentation required for an application for family immigration, you have to submit the following documentation if you apply for a D-visa for joining a spouse in Norway:
- A written statement from the reference about the relationship between the applicant and the reference, before and after the marriage took place. The reference should carefully explain how and where they met, and elaborate on the time they have spent together.
- The contact between the applicant and the reference should be documented (with a copy of the Norwegian spouse's passport showing entries to and exits from Turkey, and if applicable, a copy of the applicant's passport showing visits in Norway) / documentation showing that you have been living together.
- If photos are submitted (optional) they have to be in A4-size.
- Checklist for spouse
- Checklist for children
Please note that when you apply for a D-visa, you have to submit all the documents required for a family immigration permit, even though you might have submitted the same documents earlier.
You may not submit documents required for a C-visa when submitting an application for a D-visa.
The case-processing time for a D-visa application is approximately 2 months. After the application is submitted, the applicant will be summoned for an interview at the Embassy. The Embassy will not interview the applicant if the applicant already has been interviewed in a family immigration case that is being processed by the UDI.
When you have been granted a D-visa
Once the decision has been taken, the Embassy will send the passport with the visa or rejection letter to the Visa Application Centre. The applicant can track the application at the web page of the Visa Application Centre, and will be informed when the passport is returned to the centre. The Visa Application Centre also has a courier service which the applicant can order when submitting the application.
If you have not submitted an application for family immigration, you must book an appointment with the police in order to submit your application within 7 days after you enter Norway. Please click here for more information. If you already have applied for family immigration, you still need to notify the local police about your arrival within 7 days.
Please be aware that a D-visa only gives you the right to wait in Norway until your application for family immigration has been decided. The D-visa has one (1) entry, and you cannot use it for travelling to other Schengen-countries. A D-visa does not give you right to work, or access to any welfare services or public health service benefits in Norway. If you have been granted a D-visa, the Embassy recommends that you purchase a private health insurance that will cover the whole period until your application for a family immigration permit has been decided. You have to contact the police in Norway for information about their processing times.
How to appeal against a decision
In case your D-visa application was rejected, you may appeal the decision. The appeal must be sent to the Embassy within three weeks upon receiving the decision. The appeal has to be written in English or Norwegian, or translated into one of these languages. You may send the original copy by regular mail to the Embassy or you can scan the original copy as a PDF-file and send it by e-mail to the Embassy. The appeal must be signed by the applicant or the holder of the power of attorney and should mention the grounds on which the appeal is based and any other information of importance to the hearing of the appeal. For the power of attorney form, please click here.
The processing time at the Embassy will be 3 weeks. If the Embassy does not change the decision, the case will be sent to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) for further processing.
If the Embassy does not reverse the decision after an appeal
If the Embassy did not reverse the decision after an appeal, and you have not submitted your family immigration application earlier, the Embassy strongly recommends that you do not wait for the UDI to process the appeal in the D-visa case, but that you apply for a family immigration permit as soon as possible.