Somali nationals who have been waiting for a long time for their application for permanent residency will now get an answer to their application


UDI has for the last few years been considering if refugees from Somalia may stay in Norway, or if it is safe to travel to Mogadishu.

Published: 30.03.2020

Norwegian authorities have now agreed on how these cases should be treated. UDI will now process cases of refugees from Somalia who applied for permanent residency to the police before 27 March 2017.

Most people will get a letter within 4 weeks

Most people will now get a letter from UDI that says that they can stay in Norway and keep their refugee status. You will receive an answer within 4 weeks. If you have a digital mailbox you will receive an answer sooner. Make sure you are registered with the correct address in the national registry, and that you have your name on the mailbox.

After you have received the letter, we will finish processing your application for permanent residency. Most people will get an answer to the application by August 2020. If you do not get a letter by August 2020, it is because we need more information from you. We will contact you if we need more information from you. 

You will get a notification when we have processed your application.
If you have a spouse, cohabitant or children that have also applied for permanent residency or family immigration, we will process the application for the whole family at the same time. If we need new information about you or your family, we will contact you. If so, it might take longer before you get an answer.

Why 27 march 2020? 

The reason why we are processing applications of Somalis that applied before 27 March 2017 is that this is the date that UNE decided that the security situation in Mogadishu had improved so much that Somalis no longer had the right of refugee status in Norway and can travel to Mogadishu.

Can I travel abroad? 

You should not order tickets to travel abroad before you have received an answer to your application, or got a temporary residency permit, a new residency card or travel documents. If you have not received an answer to your application or a temporary residency permit, you can not get a new residency card or travel documents.


If you have not received a letter from us

  • If you came to Norway as an asylum seeker and got refugee status before 1 October 2014,
  • and applied for permanent residency after 27 March 2017,
  • or, have not applied for permanent residency yet:

UDI will then still consider whether you can stay in Norway, or if you must travel to Mogadishu.

In some cases, UDI must wait for updated criminal record certificate from the police. We must have an updated certificate of criminal record from the police before we can send out letters. We do not send a letter if you have additional waiting time because of a criminal record in your application for permanent residency.

If you get a letter that says that UDI is considering whether you should lose your refugee status, you are entitled to get a lawyer. You must contact a lawyer yourself.

There will be more information in the letter about your rights.

If you have applied for Norwegian citizenship

If you have already applied for Norwegian citizenship, UDI will process this application after we have decided that we are going to process your application for permanent residency.

The years you have waited for a reply from UDI will count as years you have had a valid residency permit. This is only if you applied for permanent residency at least one month before your last residency permit expired.

The waiting time to get a reply to an application for Norwegian citizenship is approx. 15 months. If you applied for Norwegian citizenship more than 15 months ago, we will process your case as soon as possible. If it is less than 15 months since you applied for Norwegian citizenship, you have to wait for a reply until approx. 15 months have passed.

If you are planning to apply for Norwegian citizenship

You can apply for Norwegian citizenship even if you haven’t received an answer to your applicant for permanent residency.

The years you have waited for an answer from UDI will count as years you have had a valid residency permit. This is only if you applied for permanent residency at least one month before the last residency permit expired.

You can read more about the requirements for Norwegian citizenship here.

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