The UDI will now assess whether changes in the situation in Mogadishu mean that Somalians who got a refugee status before 1 October 2014 still have a need for protection, or if it is safe for them to move back to Mogadishu. This has been decided by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
If you would like more information about who can be given protection (asylum) and who can lose their residence permit, you can read our information letter:
Your refugee status will be re-assessed if you arrived in Norway as an asylum seeker, and received a refugee status before 1 October 2014, and have not yet received a permanent residence permit.
If this applies to you, you will most likely have a green refugee travel document.
Your refugee status will also be re-assessed if you have received a (derived) refugee status because your spouse, cohabitant or parent has been given refugee status in Norway, and he or she was given this before 1 October 2014. However, if this person already has a permanent residence permit, settlement permit or Norwegian citizenship, we will not re-assess your refugee status.
The Asylum department in the UDI will assess whether the changes in Mogadishu means that you no longer need protection.
We will either decide
If you have applied for a renewal of your residence permit, and have not received an answer yet, you must keep waiting for an answer from the UDI. We will contact you if we need any documentation or other information from you. You will be notified when we have processed your application.
Many people have waited a long time for an answer to their applications. Therefore, some people from Somalia will be given a renewal of their residence permit and a new residence card even though we have not yet decided if they will be able to keep their refugee status and stay in Norway. If you are given such a temporary residence permit, we will notify you. Then we will also process your application for a travel document.
When this residence permit expires, you must apply for a renewal in the same way as last time. You must also apply to renew your travel document.
If you have a spouse, cohabitant or child who has applied for a renewal of their residence permit, they will normally be given a renewal of their residence permit if you are given one. If they have applied for a new immigrant's passport or a travel document, we will also process that application. If you have not been given a renewed residence permit, your family members will not be given one either.
If you have a spouse, cohabitant or child who has applied for a first time family immigration permit they will not get an answer to their application until you have received an answer to whether or not you will be able to keep your refugee status.
Unfortunately, we do not know yet how long it will take to finish processing your case. Therefore, you should not book any tickets for travelling abroad before receiving an answer to your application or receiving a temporary residence permit, and having been granted a new residence card and a refugee travel document. If you have not received an answer to your application nor a temporary residence permit, you cannot be granted a new residence card nor a refugee travel document.
If you applied for renewal of your residence permit no later than one month before your previous residence permit expired, you have the same rights as before relating to work, studies etc. while you are waiting for us to decide your application. You will retain these rights until you have received an answer to your application, even if your residence permit expires in the meantime.
If you receive a letter where it says that the UDI is considering whether you will lose your refugee status, you have the right to a lawyer. You must contact a lawyer yourself.
If you are in such a situation, your application for renewal of your residence permit will be processed as normal. You can find information about how long you must wait on our page with information about case processing times.