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National Visa (Type D)

If you wish to obtain a permit for family immigration, you must, as a rule, have been granted a permit before entering Norway. However, in certain circumstances you may enter Norway before a permit has been granted. In such case, you must obtain an entry visa if you are subject to the visa requirement – a visa for applying for or waiting for a decision on family immigration. Such a visa will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The following persons may apply for an entry visa:

  • The spouse of a Norwegian national who is living in Norway or plans to settle here.
  • The spouse of a Nordic national who has lived in Norway for the past three years if the couple has been married for at least three years.
  • The spouse of a foreign national who has a permanent settlement permit.
  • The spouse of a foreign national who has an individual permit to work in a group if the couple has been married for at least three years.
  • Spouse of a foreign national who has a work permit as a skilled worker or as a skilled worker in a multinational company.
  • Children that you and your spouse have had together who are not Norwegian nationals (children you have had with previous partners (children of only one party)) must apply for family immigration via their country of origin).

If you have not applied for and been granted a temporary work permit, you are not entitled to work during the visa period. Nor are you entitled to schooling, Norwegian language tuition and certain other benefits while you are waiting for your application to be processed.

Being granted an entry visa has no bearing on the outcome of your application for family immigration.