Asylum seekers with long residence time can apply for a residence permit


This residence permit is granted according to a temporary provision, and you must meet several criteria to be entitled to a residence permit.

Published: 30.04.2021

This is a temporary regulation for asylum seekers who do not currently have a residence permit in Norway, and the temporary provision applies from 1 June 2021 with an application deadline of 1 December 2021. This means that you must contact us during this period for UNE or the UDI to assess your case.

From 1 June 2021, you can ask UNE or the UDI to assess whether you meet the conditions in the temporary provision. You should contact the body that last processed your case. For most, it will be UNE, but for some, it may be the UDI.

Who may get a permit?

You must meet all of these five criteria to be eligible for a residence permit according to this provision:

  • You have applied for protection (asylum) in Norway and have not returned after being refused.
  • You have lived in Norway for at least 16 years by 1 October 2021.
  • You have a total age and length of residence in Norway of 65 years or more.
  • You lived in Norway on 1 January 2019.
  • You live in Norway when you request an assessment of your case.

The minimum of 16 years of residency in Norway is calculated from the date you first applied for protection (asylum) in the country. Both legal and illegal residence in Norway is included. 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. For example, if you are 49 years old and have lived in Norway for 16 years, then the total age and period of residence are 65 years, and you may be entitled to a residence permit. If, for example, you are 40 years old and have lived in Norway for 25 years, then the total age and length of residence are also 65 years, and you may also be entitled to a residence permit.

You must meet the requirement for age and time you have lived in Norway by 1 October 2021. This means that even if you do not meet the requirement now but will do so by this date, you may be entitled to get a permit.

If you have had a protection permit (asylum) that has later been revoked, you may still be entitled to a residence permit. The same applies if you have had another type of residence permit for periods, such as a work permit.

If you have returned after your asylum application was rejected and later returned to Norway and applied for asylum again, you are not entitled to a permit.

How to request an assessment 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 provision. If you meet the criteria, you can request an assessment of your case from 1 June 2021 and no later than 1 December 2021. If you do not meet the criteria, you can not obtain a residence permit according to the provision.

From 1 June 2021, you will find a form in this article that you can use to request an assessment. You will also find an explanation of how to submit the form. You will also find this form on UNE's website.

More information about the one-time solution

Follow these links for more information on the temporary regulation:  

 

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