The alternative accommodation scheme is available for asylum seekers and others who have the right to live in an asylum reception centre. Under the scheme, the municipality is responsible both for arranging a housing offer and for following up on your needs. Municipalities are not obligated to participate in the alternative accommodation scheme.
The scheme is regulated by UDI Guidelines 2020-005 Alternativ mottaksplass [Alternative Accommodation to Reception Centres] (external website) (in Norwegian only). You can find an overview and description of the services municipalities are to provide under the alternative accommodation scheme in this funding letter (external website) (in Norwegian only).
To be eligible for the scheme, you must be entitled to live in a reception centre.
You may qualify for alternative accommodation if:
In general, you do not qualify for alternative accommodation if:
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If we need more information or documentation after we have received your application, we will ask you to forward it to us.
If you do not meet the criteria for alternative accommodation, UDI will reject your application.
If you do meet qualify for alternative accommodation, we will contact your chosen municipality to ask if they will agree to accept you under the alternative accommodation scheme.
UDI will process your application as quickly as possible. We try to respond to you within three weeks from the date we receive your application. Sometimes it takes longer because we need to collect additional information from you or because the municipality you have chosen needs more time to consider our request to take you in.
If you currenlty live in an asylum reception centre, you may continue to live there. Residing in a reception centre is voluntary; you are allowed to move out of the reception centre, but this would entail that you will not receive any financial support from UDI.
If you already live in private housing, you can continue to do so, but you will not receive any financial support from UDI.
If you are living in private housing but wish to live in an asylum reception centre, you can contact UDI to ask whether you are allowed to live in a reception centre.
You cannot appeal a decision on an application for alternative accommodation to reception centres.
If you already live in the municipality you applied for, you can contact the municipal authorities there for information about the kinds of offerings you are entitled to.
If you are living in an asylum reception centre, you can discuss with the personnel working there when you will be able to move. If the municipality has to find housing for you it may take a while before you can move. Once again, the centre personnel will be able to help you with organising your move.
Generally, an alternative accommodation arrangement ends if:
Before you move, it is important that you notify both the municipality and UDI.
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