The UDI is responsible for processing applications from foreign nationals who wish to visit or live in Norway, the running of asylum reception centres and expulsion cases.The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is the central agency in the Norwegian immigration administration. The UDI implements and helps to develop the government’s immigration and refugee policy.The UDI is tasked with facilitating lawful and desirable immigration and ensuring that those who meet the requirements are given an opportunity to come to Norway. At the same time, however, we have a control function and are tasked with preventing abuse of the system.

UDI processes applications for protection (asylum), visitor's visas, family immigration, residence permits for work and study purposes, citizenship, permanent residence permits and travel documents. In addition, it is responsible for ensuring that all asylum seekers are offered somewhere to stay while they wait for their applications to be processed, and for finding good solutions for those who wish to return to their home countries.