Can I stay in Norway if I withdraw my application for protection?

In general, the duty to return applies if your application is rejected or if you choose to withdraw your application without having any other legitimate basis for staying in Norway, which entails that you have to leave the country.

However, the duty to return to Ukraine has been suspended as a result of the war in Ukraine. This means that individuals who have fled the war in Ukraine may remain in Norway even though they would no longer have legal grounds to stay in the country under normal circumstances. UDI will notify you if this exemption does not apply in your case, which will require you to return to your country of legal residence.

It is important to understand that your rights in Norway will be limited if you choose to remain here without a valid residence permit. For example, you will not have the right to settle (i.e. to register as a resident) in a municipality or the right to work.