People who may be granted collective protection (eligibility requirements)


You may be granted collective protection if you*:

  • are a Ukrainian citizen, and you resided in Ukraine before 24 February 2022. Ukrainian nationals on holiday or visits outside Ukraine for up to 90 days before 24 February 2022 are also included. The same goes for those who fled Ukraine shortly before 24 February 2022.
  • have been granted protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.
  • are a close family member of a person who has been granted collective protection, regardless of nationality. Close family members may be a spouse, cohabitant, or children under the age of 18. The marriage or cohabitation must have been contracted before 24 February 2022 for the person to be considered a spouse or a cohabitant under this provision. It is not a requirement that a spouse, cohabitant or child under the age of 18 (or parents with a child under 18) was part of the same household as the person receiving collective protection before 24 February 2022. This provision applies even if you and your close family member apply at the same time. The requirement to be part of the same household is considered fulfilled, even if the applicant stayed somewhere else than in the household before 24 February 2022, unless the applicant can be considered to have moved out of the household.
  • are “other family members” who, before 24 February 2022, were part of the same household as the person receiving collective protection. Examples of other family members might be children over the age of 18, grandparents or siblings. This provision applies even if you and your close family member apply at the same time.
  • are a Ukrainian citizen and already had legal residence in Norway before 24 February 2022. This also applies to you who had been granted a residence permit in Norway before 24 February 2022 but entered the country later. Your previous basis for being in Norway must have ended or be set to end less than two months after you apply for protection.

There are other rules for children born in Norway, see "Resident permits for children born in Norway" and choose the relevant category.

If you have ties to Ukraine but do not meet the criteria listed above, you are not eligible for collective protection in Norway.

*Even if you meet the criteria listed above, you will not be granted protection if you have:

  • a permanent residence permit in Norway

or

  • a temporary residence permit in Norway that forms the basis for permanent residency

or

  • an equivalent permit (based on EEA regulations)

or

If the list above does not apply to you, we will assess your application individually. This means that we will assess whether you meet the requirements for refugee status.