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1. Posted by Arielldm (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 9 Nov '12 05:49

Hi All,

I am new to this site, and I found it after google searching for an answer to my predicament. I've looked through the other topics, and while I've found people in similar situations, I feel mine is a little more... complicated? Any help would be greatly greatly appreciated!
OK, here it is:

My husband and I are currently living in Bergen, Norway. He is a student with a student residence permit, and I applied (under the instructions of the Norwegian Embassy, UDI) as a Family Immigrant. Because he is a student, his application was processed and approved quickly, while mine took much longer and in the end, was denied. I've since appealed, and have the rite to stay in Norway during the appeal process.

Our plan was to spend the first semester here in Bergen, the second semester in Reykjavik, Iceland, and return to Bergen for the following year. He was awarded a grant, and this travel scheme was part of the deal. So go to Reykjavik we must.

--> The problem is, in order to spend the semester with him in Reykjavik, I will also need to apply for a residency permit there (typical 3-month as tourist, longer you need a passportsticker of some kind) but I am not sure if it is legal to do this while my Norwegian residency permit appeal is still in process. On top of that, Iceland requires that you not be in Iceland while your application is being processed, which usually takes 3 months. It is now the middle of November, and we will be there in January.

(I have a month-long project set up in Reykjavik for the month of January, might be possible to reschedule to a later date, but not likely)
(My husband will get his Icelandic residence permit cleared quickly as he is a student.)

-->The questions are:
1.) Is it legal to apply for 2 residency permits to different countries, at the same time?
2.) Does anyone know of or can think of any round-about ways to do this? Or have advice?

I realize this is a rather long and specialized request, but if there is a person out there who can shed light, I will be very grateful, and will send bucketloads of lutefisk to any destination. (jk)
Tusen Takk,

2. Posted by caitlinleroy (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 13 Nov '12 10:44

As far as I know you cannot leave the country that you are appealing a visa for during the appeal process. It would be best for you to contact a Norwegian Visa specialist or try having a look at this site;
Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance.
Hope all goes well