Can I apply for protection in Norway now?

Everyone has the right to apply for protection. You must be in Norway or at the Norwegian border to apply for protection.

Due to the war in Ukraine, there is an increase in the number of people applying for protection in Norway because of mandatory military service in Russia. In general, having to serve in the military in your home country, or the risk of facing punishment for evading military service, are not grounds for the granting of protection (or residence on humanitarian grounds) in Norway.

In any case, we always carry out a thorough, individual assessment of each application. Exceptions to the general rule may be granted if:
• an applicant risks facing unusual punishment as a reaction to factors outlined in the Refugee Convention (i.e. race, religion, political opinion).
• it is a matter of military service that entails taking part in war crimes, crimes against humanity or other serious crimes.

UDI has not reached a final decision on how to process applications from those seeking protection on the basis of miliary service in Russia. If you are applying on these grounds, you need to be prepared for the fact that your case may take longer than normal to process. We are unable to say how long you will have to wait, and we encourage you to continue checking our website for updates.

Other applications for protection (asylum) will be processed as normal. You can find information about waiting times on our webpage, Waiting times for those who have applied for protection (asylum).