When someone’s permit is revoked, this means that the person loses the permit that he or she has previously been granted. Temporary residence permits, permanent residence permits and Norwegian citizenships can be revoked.

Very few appeal cases are granted. The most common reason for a permit being revoked is that the situation has changed since the permit was granted. This might be, for example, if someone was granted a permit to live with his or her spouse and they later move apart. Many people who lose their permits must return to their home countries.

What do we consider?

Most cases concern people who have been granted a permit on specific conditions, but whose situation has changed so that they no longer meet the conditions to hold the permit. This could be, for example, a person who was granted a permit for full-time studies that also allowed him or her to work for a specific number of hours. If he or she has worked more than the permit allows, the permit can be revoked. Others may have been granted a permit to work for a specific employer. If they have worked for several employers, or for a different employer, the permit can be revoked. Some people are granted permits to live with their spouse. These people can lose their permits if they leave their spouse.

Even if a person has been granted asylum, it is not certain that they will keep their permit permanently. The right to asylum is temporary, and the permit can be revoked in certain cases. One common reason is that changes have taken place in the home country that means that the person no longer needs protection. This must be a major change that has lasted for a certain time. It must be safe to return to the home country. We will not revoke a permit in the event of small and temporary changes that do not alter the political or security situation in a way that makes it sufficiently safe to return.

Neither will a person lose a permit if he or she has special cause to object to being returned due to previous persecution. In practice, it will take a lot for this to form the basis for a decision not to revoke a permit.

If a person loses a permit, we will always consider whether he or she may be granted a new one. For example, a permit may be granted on humanitarian grounds. The best interests of the child are important in this assessment.

We sometimes discover that people have provided incorrect information about their identity and where they come from. These people risk losing their permits and/or Norwegian citizenship. They can also lose their refugee status. An example might be a person who has stated that he or she comes from a country with an unclarified security situation and who has therefore been granted protection or a residence permit on humanitarian grounds. It later emerges that the person comes from a different country and he or she would not have been granted a residence permit in Norway if the correct information had been provided.

In other cases, we discover that a person who has married someone who has a permit in Norway or is a Norwegian citizen has done so for the purpose of being granted a permit here. In such cases, we must consider whether the most important reason for the marriage was to be granted a residence permit in Norway. We assess the reasons for the marriage, but events that took place later may also be significant.

Incorrect information about other matters of importance to being granted a permit can also lead to a permit being revoked. An example is someone who has stated that they are related to someone when they are not. It could also be someone who does not have the qualifications that they said they had.

People who lose their permit because they have given incorrect information can also be expelled.

No. The permit can be revoked if the conditions are met. It is up to us to make the correct decision in each case. We have to consider the consequences that losing the permit or citizenship will have for the person in question and his or her immediate family. We must also consider the consequences it will have for other cases if we do not revoke the permit. For example, giving incorrect information about your identity is a very serious matter. Revocation can help to prevent others from giving incorrect information. We will therefore often revoke permits in cases of this kind, even if it has major consequences for the person in question and his or her family.

We will consider whether a person may be granted a new permit if we revoke the one they had, or their Norwegian citizenship. In such cases, we will often grant permits on humanitarian grounds. We do not grant many permits of this kind. We do not normally consider granting new permits to persons who have been expelled.

UNE does not reverse many decisions. The most common reason for us reversing a decision is that we receive new information that shows that the decision to revoke the permit was incorrect. Such information could be new documentation submitted or that the appeal contains new arguments that present the case in a different light when we consider it.