UNE resumes processing of Sudan cases
Due to the outbreak of war in Sudan, all cases concerning return to Sudan were put on hold by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) in May 2023. There are still no signs of a peaceful solution to the war in Sudan in the near future. UNE has therefore decided to start processing the Sudan cases again. Here you can read UNE's press release [in Norwegian only] (external website).
For the time being, UDI will not process applications for protection
As far as UDI is concerned, we cannot process applications for protection until we have made a decision on what the general situation in Sudan means for the applicants' protection needs. This is important to ensure that applications are processed equally. This means that it will still take some time before UDI can start processing the applications that have been put on hold.
UDI will publish further information on udi.no when we decide to resume processing the Sudan cases. When it is ready, there will also be information about the waiting times for interviews and answers in cases.
Persons with a duty to return can request UNE to have their case reassessed
At the same time, the temporary suspension of the duty to return to Sudan is lifted. This means that people from Sudan whose asylum application or application for other types of residence permits are finally rejected are no longer allowed to stay in Norway.
People from Sudan who have previously had their application for residence permit rejected, but do not have a case pending with UDI or UNE now, can request a reassessment of their application. The applicants can request a reassesment themselves, or through a lawyer or another representative.