If the UDI's decision states that you must leave Norway, it is important that you do so.

You can read more about what happens in different cases here

If your asylum application has been rejected, you will also have been given a deadline for leaving Norway. This means that you are obliged to leave Norway by this deadline. The deadline is written on the first page of the decision.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) can provide financial assistance and help you organise the return journey

You can ask the International Organization for Migration (external link) for assistance to return home. UNE's decision contains more information about what you can receive financial assistance for. You can also read more on the UDI's website (external link). You can receive additional financial assistance if you apply before the deadline for leaving has expired.

  • The police can arrest you and deport you from Norway.
  • If you have a family, the police will try to deport all of you together.
  • If you are returned by the police, you cannot come back to Norway until you have paid the costs of your deportation.
  • You can be expelled from Norway and other Schengen countries because you have stayed illegally in Norway and be prohibited from entering the whole Schengen area for a period of 1–5 years.
  • You cannot work in Norway. If you work, you can be expelled.
  • If you are staying at an asylum reception centre, you will now receive less money than before.

If your application has been rejected because another European country is going to consider your asylum application, this is a Dublin decision.

You can ask to remain in Norway while we consider your appeal. This is called deferred implementation. You will be notified whether you can remain in Norway or not while we consider your appeal. Most people are not allowed to remain in Norway.

  • The police will arrest you and deport you to the country that will consider your asylum application.
  • If you have a family, the police will try to deport all of you together.
  • You can be expelled from Norway and other Schengen countries if you have stayed illegally in Norway and be prohibited from entering the whole Schengen area for a period of 1–5 years.
  • You cannot work in Norway. If you work, you can be expelled.
  • If you are allowed to remain in Norway while we consider your case, you can stay until UNE has made a decision.

If you have been expelled, you are obliged to leave Norway. You must also leave the Schengen area if you do not hold a residence permit in another Schengen country.

If you have not been allowed to remain in Norway while UNE considers your case, you are staying here illegally and must leave Norway immediately.

If you have been allowed to remain in Norway while we consider your case, we will give you a deadline for leaving the country. The deadline is written on the first page of the decision.

What happens if you do not leave Norway?

  • The police can arrest you and deport you from Norway.
  • If you have a family that must also leave, the police will try to deport all of you together.
  • If you are returned by the police, you cannot come back to Norway until you have paid the costs of your deportation.
  • You can be expelled from Norway and other Schengen countries again if you remain or work illegally in Norway. The prohibition on entry can then be made even longer.
  • The prohibition on entry applies from the day you leave Norway and the Schengen area. It is therefore important that you notify the Norwegian authorities about when you are going to leave, for example by telling the police.

If you have received a rejection of your application for a residence permit, you must leave Norway. It means that you are not allowed to be here. If you do not leave Norway, you will be staying here illegally.

If you have been allowed to remain in Norway while we consider your case, we will give you a deadline for leaving the country. This means that you are obliged to leave Norway by this deadline. The deadline is written on the first page of the decision.

If you were staying in Norway without permission, you must leave immediately. That means that you have previously been given a deadline for leaving the country, and that you are still obliged to leave Norway.

What happens if you do not leave?

  • The police can arrest you and deport you from Norway.
  • If you have a family that must also leave, the police will try to deport all of you together.
  • If you are returned by the police, you cannot come back to Norway until you have paid the costs of your deportation.
  • You can be expelled from Norway and other Schengen countries if you stay or work illegally in Norway. If you are expelled, you will be subject to a prohibition on entry. This means that you cannot return to Norway, and usually not to the Schengen area, for either a specified period or permanently.

If UNE has revoked your residence permit/citizenship and you have been expelled

If UNE has revoked your residence permits and you have been expelled, you will also have been given a deadline for leaving Norway. The same applies if UNE has revoked your Norwegian citizenship and you have been expelled. You are then obliged to leave by the deadline stipulated by UNE. You must also leave the Schengen area if you do not hold a residence permit in another Schengen country. The deadline for leaving is stated on the first page of UNE's decision.

If UNE has revoked your residence permit/citizenship and you have not been granted a new residence permit in Norway

If UNE has revoked your residence permits and you have not been granted a new residence permit in Norway, you are usually obliged to leave Norway and the Schengen area. The same applies if UNE has revoked your Norwegian citizenship and you have not been granted a new residence permit in Norway. UNE's decision will state whether you are obliged to leave or not. If you are obliged to leave, UNE has also given you a deadline for leaving. The deadline for leaving is stated on the first page of UNE's decision.

What happens if you do not leave Norway by the deadline?

  • The police can arrest you and deport you from Norway.
  • If you have a family that is not allowed to remain in Norway either, the police will try to deport all of you together.
  • If you are returned by the police, you cannot come back to Norway until you have paid the costs of your deportation.
  • You can be expelled from Norway and other Schengen countries because you have stayed illegally in Norway and be prohibited from entering the whole Schengen area for a period of 1–5 years.
  • You cannot work in Norway. If you work, you can be expelled.

If UNE has revoked your residence permit/citizenship and you have a new application for a residence permit under consideration

If UNE has revoked your residence permits and you have a new application for a residence permit under consideration, you may be entitled to remain in Norway while the new application is being considered. The same applies if UNE has revoked your citizenship. See UNE's decision for more information about what applies to you.

If you have previously held a residence permit in Norway and therefore have a Norwegian personal identity number, you will be registered as moved from Norway in the National Registry. This will have several consequences for you. You may experience problems with public services such as doctors, schools and NAV.

If you were registered as moved in the National Registry after 1 October 2017, and you believe that the immigration authorities have made a mistake, you must fill in and submit a form that you will find on UDI’s website.