Most of the cases considered by UNE are decided without a board hearing. However, if we believe that there is doubt about the correct outcome in a case, it will be decided by a board
The cases most often decided by UNE's boards concern protection or residence permits on humanitarian grounds. In such cases, three people decide the outcome of the case together: a board leader who is employed by UNE and two members from outside the institution. In most board hearings, the person the case concerns is called in to give a statement to the board.
The purpose of the board hearing is often to obtain more information before we decide the case. In other cases, there is doubt about the situation in a country, how the regulations should be understood or other important matters.
For example, we may decide a case in a board hearing:
- If we need to talk to the person it concerns. Someone has maybe not been able to give a statement about important matters in the case.
- If we are unsure about whether the person has provided correct information. This might be information about who the person is, important incidents or the situation in the home country. A more detailed statement can provide a more certain basis for a decision.
- If we are unsure about whether to grant a permit, expel the person or revoke a permit. This uncertainty could be related to a serious illness or consideration of children who have lived in Norway a long time. Often, the board does not need to meet the person or people the case concerns to reach a decision.