Have you applied for asylum, and lived in Norway for more than 16 years? Then you might be eligible for a residence permit i Norway.

On the 29th April 2021 a new temporary regulation in the Immigration Regulation (utlendingsforskriften) § 8-14 was passed. It is a temporary regulation for asylum seekers who do not currently hold a residence permit in Norway. 

The regulation enters into force from June 1st 2021, with an application deadline by December 1st 2021. This means that you have to apply within this time period, in order for UDI or UNE to assess your case. 

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.

Who may not obtain a permit under the temporary regulation?

If you have left the country 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.

You are also not eligible for a permit under this regulation if you have been convicted of a crime. This means that you cannot be granted a permit if you have been sentenced to prison in Norway, or if you have been fined for certain offenses such as minor theft or embezzlement. It does not matter if you have been expelled after such a conviction or not, only that you have been convicted.

Criminal violations of the Immigration Act, for which you have not already been convicted, and/or which we are made aware of when we process your case, do not preclude a residence permit under this regulation.

What type of permit you may get

If you fulfill all the criteria in the temporary regulation, you will receive a residence permit on humanitarian grounds. This gives you the right to live in Norway.   

If you have not documented or substantiated your identity, you may be given a limited permit. This means, for example, that you do not have the right to receive a permanent residency.

How to ask for an assesment of your case

You must meet the requirements as explained above to request an assessment of whether you can obtain a residence permit under the temporary regulation. You must ask for an assessment of your case at the latest by December 1st 2021. Contact the authority (UDI or UNE) that last processed your case. For most asylum seekers that will be UNE, but for some it may be UDI.

How to ask for an assessment: 

  1. Fill in the form below or write a letter in which you provide us with the information that we request in the form. You must write your duf-number and an address where we can contact you. 
  2. Send the form/letter to the organisation you received a deciscion from last. 

If you last had contact with UNE, send the request to:

Utlendingsnemnda
Postboks 2108 Vika
0125 Oslo

If you last had contact with UDI, send the request to:

Utlendingsdirektoratet
Postboks 2098 Vika
0125 Oslo

What do we need from you?

You must be able to prove that you have lived in Norway for at least 16 years, or more, after you first lodged your asylum application.

We know that you have lived here, if you have stayed at an asylum recepetion centre the whole time, or you have notified the police of your address. If this is the case, you do not need to send us any documentation.

If you have not lived at an asylum reception centre, or notified the police of your address, we may contact you in order to obtain documents that can prove your residency in Norway. 

Here are some examples of doucments that may prove your residence time in Norway:

  • Letters you have received from public authorities such as schools, health services, NAV, social services or the council
  • Rental contracts and
  • Receipts of paid rent
  • Testimonies from organisations or individuals of your stay in Norway

If we have any questions regarding your case, or we need any documents from you, we will contact you. You do not need to send us anything unless we ask you to do so specifically.

Do you have any questions?

Contact UNE on phone: (+47) 21 08 50 00

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 08.30 - 15.00.

More information on the temporary regulation

Follow these links for more information on the temporary regulation: