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The UDI will now assess whether changes in the situation in Sri Lanka means that Sri Lankans with refugee status still have a need for protection, or if it is safe for them to move back to Sri Lanka. This has been decided by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
Your refugee status will be re-assessed if you arrived in Norway as an asylum seeker, 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 your arrived in Norway by family immigration and later received a (derived) refugee status because your spouse, cohabitant or parent had refugee status. 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 Sri Lanka means that you no longer need protection.
We will either decide
If you are allowed to stay in Norway, the UDI will process your application for a permanent residence permit.
If you have applied for a permanent 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 Sri Lanka will be given a temporary residence permit and a new residence card while they are waiting for an answer to their application for a permanent residence permit. Then we will also process their applications for travel documents.
If you have not been given such a temporary residence permit yet, you should not apply again or notify us that you wish to be given such a temporary residence permit. We will assess whether you will be given such a residence permit or not. If you are given such a temporary residence permit, we will notify you.
If you have been given such a temporary residence permit, and it expires soon, you must apply for a renewal, so that you have a valid residence permit until you receive an answer to your application for a permanent residence permit. You must also apply to renew your travel document.
If you have a spouse, cohabitant or child who has applied for a
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
they will not get an answer to their application until you have received an answer to whether 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 a permanent 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 a permanent residence permit will be processed as normal. You can find information about how long you must wait in our guide for case processing times for applications for permanent residence permit.