Former asylum seekers with long residence time can apply for a residence permit


The residence permit is granted following a temporary regulation. You must have lived in Norway for more than 16 years and you must meet several other criteria to be entitled to a residence permit.

Published: 30.04.2021 - Last changed: 31.05.2021

This is a temporary regulation for asylum seekers who do not currently have a residence permit in Norway. The temporary regulation applies from 1 June 2021 with an application deadline of 1 December 2021. This means that you must contact UNE or UDI during this period for us 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 authority 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 six criteria to be eligible for a residence permit according to this regulation:

  • 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.
  • You cannot be convicted for a crime

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If you have had a protection permit (asylum) that has later been revoked, you may still be entitled to a residence permit.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.

Who is not entitled to a permit under the new regulation?

If you have returned after your asylum application has been rejected and you came back to Norway and applied for asylum again, you are not entitled to a permit.

If you have been convicted, you are also not entitled to a permit. 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 for this or not, it is enough that you have been sentenced to punishment.

Criminal violations of the Immigration Act for which you have not already been convicted, and/or which become known to us when we process your case, do not exclude you from being granted a residence permit under this regulation.

What kind of permission can you get?

If you meet the requirements of the regulation, you will be granted a residence permit on humanitarian grounds. It gives you the right to live in Norway. If you have not documented or proved your identity, you can get a limited permit. Among other things, this may mean that you are not entitled to a permanent residence 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.

How to request an assessment:

  1. Fill in this form (pdf, 204 kB) or write a letter in which you provide information that we request in the form. You must provide your duf number and an address where we can contact you.
  2. Send the form/letter to the authority you received the decision from last. If you have previously appealed a rejected application for protection, you must send it to UNE.

You are not entitled to free legal aid. This means that if you want to use a lawyer or another legal assistant, you must pay for it yourself. You also cannot appeal the decision if it is declined.

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

Utlendingsnemnda
Postboks 2108 Vika
0125 Oslo

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

Utlendingsdirektoratet
Postboks 2098 Vika
0125 Oslo

What do we need from you?

You must be able to show that you have lived in Norway for 16 years or more after you applied for asylum. If you have always lived at an asylum reception centre, or you have informed the police of your address, we know. Then you do not need to send us any documentation. If you have not lived in an asylum reception centre, we may ask you to send us documents showing that you have lived in Norway. Then we will contact you.

Here are some examples of documents that may show your address:

  • Letters you have received from public agencies such as schools, health services, NAV, social services, the municipality
  • Lease of property
  • Documentation of paid rent
  • Statements from organizations or individuals about your stay in Norway

If we have questions or need more information, we will contact you. You do not need to send documentation without us asking for it.

More information about the one-time solution

Follow these links for more information on the temporary regulation:  

 

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