Hvordan fikk jeg visa? (How did I get my visa?)
I am married to a norwegian man but being married to one does not mean it’s easy (and not fast too) to get a residence permit here in Norway. We have been married for almost six years but it was just last July of 2009 that we submitted an application of residencepermit to the Danish Embassy in Singapore (yes, they do it through the Danish Emb not through their own embassy and I don’t know why). We lived in Singapore for more than two years (2007-2009) and before that , my daughter and I lived in the Philippines (2005-2007). I was fortunate enough that I still had my valid Tourist Visa last year so I was still able to use it to enter Schengen States. This actually became an issue with UDI because they asked the Norwegian Embassy in SG that why did they actually release a tourist visa for a 2-yr validity with multiple entries because they say tourist visa should just be valid for a year. HAHAHA. I had a big smile on my face when I heard that.
Anyways, below is the list of how long (take note: how long) it took us to wait for the visa:
1. July 2009 - Submitted the Application Forms to the Embassy for Family Immigration. You can find the necessary forms here
—- This should have been an application for a D-Visa . D Visa is the visa that you use before the processing of the application for a residence or work permit has been completed. However in my case, I did not have to obtain this visa anymore because I still have a valid C-Visa.
2. December 2009 - We arrived in Norway on the 19th and it was on the 22nd that we went to the police and informed them that I am already in Norway. You can click the link below if you need more information on the process of application.
3. August 2010 - And there was the permanent resident visa. Eight months of waiting. Terrible.
I am just lucky that they let me stay here in Norway while waiting. I don’t know if it’s possible to other people though.