In most of the cases, the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) has not received sufficient information to decide the cases, but the families have stated that they will send more information later.

As of 24 July 2015, UNE had received 24 requests for reversal from families who have been forcibly returned and are currently abroad.

The families comprise about 90 persons, 50 of whom are children who have lived in Norway for at least four years.

High priority

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security has ordered UNE to prioritise these cases.

We have made arrangements that enable UNE’s boards to consider the cases on an ongoing basis as soon as the necessary information has been received from the families and the cases are elucidated as well as possible.

Three of the families have had their requests for reversal considered and we aim to consider more cases over the coming weeks. Of the three families whose cases had been decided as of 17 July 2015, two have had their previous decisions reversed and have thereby been granted residence permits. The rejection was upheld for one family.

Case processing time

We aim to have considered most of the families’ cases by the end of September. This is dependent on the families providing UNE with enough information to allow their cases to be considered.

Concerns 30 families

The new Regulations that entered into force on 15 June 2015 concern 30 families. The immigration authorities have been in contact with all 30 families.

On 6 July, the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) started its efforts to trace the families that had not been in contact.

A limited group of children

The Regulations apply to children who:

  • are currently staying abroad
  • were forcibly returned in the period between 1 July 2014 and 18 March 2015, and
  • have lived in Norway for at least four years.

Statement published on on 10 July 2015. Last updated on 28 July 2015.