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The residence permit is granted according to a temporary regulation. There are several criteria you must fulfill in order to be eligible for a permit.

This is a temporary regulation for asylum seekers who do not currently have the right to stay in Norway. The regulation comes into effect from June 1st 2021, with an application deadline of December 1st 2021. This means that you have to apply within that time period in order for UNE or UDI to assess your case.

From June 1st 2021, you can ask UNE or UDI to assess if you meet the criteria in the temporary regulation. Contact the organisation that last processed your case. For most asylum seekers that will be UNE, but for some it may be UDI.

Who may get a permit?

You must meet all of the following five criteria in order to be eligible for a permit in the temporary regulation:

  • You have applied for asylum in Norway, and have not returned after a negative decision
  • You have lived in Norway for at least 16 years by October 1st 2021
  • You have a combined age and residence time in Norway of at least 65 years
  • You lived in Norway on January 1st 2019
  • You live in Norway when you ask for an assessment of your case

The minimum of 16 years residency in Norway is calculated from the time you first applied for protection (asylum) in the country. Both legal and illegal residency in Norway counts. If you have spent short periods abroad (outside of Norway), that time will be deducted from your overall period of residency.

You must have a combined age and time spent in Norway of at least 65 years. If, for example, you are 49 years old and have lived in Norway for 16 years, your total age and residence time is 65 years, and you may be eligible for a permit. If, for example, you are 40 years old and have lived in Norway for 25 years, your total age and residence time is 65 years, and you may also be eligible for a permit.

You must meet the criteria of a total of 65 years (age + time) by October 1st 2021. This means that if you do not yet meet the criteria, but you will do so within this date, you may be eligible for a permit.

If you have previously had a protection permit, which was later revoked, you may still be entitled to a residence permit. The same applies if you have had another type of residence permit; for example, a work permit.

If you have returned after a denial of your applicaton for protection (asylum), and have later returned to Norway and applied for protection a second time, you are not eligible for a permit under this temporary regulation.

How to ask for an assessment of your case

In order to ask UNE or UDI for an assessment of your case under this temporary regulation, you have to meet the criteria as explained above. You can ask for an assessment from June 1st 2021, and at the latest by December 1st 2021. If you do not meet the criteria, you will not be granted a permit in accordance with this regulation.

From June 1st 2021, there will be a form available on both UNE’s and UDI’s webpages that you can use in order to ask for an assessment of your case.

Those who have been given a deferred implementation of their negative decision, pending the temporary regulation, will be contacted by UNE.

More information on the temporary regulation

Follow these links for more information on the temporary regulation: