Families with children under the age of 18

Who can apply for assisted return?

  • families with children whose application for protection (asylum) or another application for residence has been rejected
  • families with children who are waiting for a decision on their application for protection (asylum)
  • families with children who do not have legal residence and have not previously been registered with a case with UDI

Not everyone will have their application granted. You can contact the IOM for advice (external website).

What kind of support can you be given?

  • a plane ticket to your home country
  • health checks and necessary vaccinations
  • help to obtain a passport and travel documents. You must cooperate on this.
  • advice from the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • help to plan your journey
  • a financial grant for each family member who returns   

Financial grants

You have to apply early to receive as much money as possible.

  • If you apply before your deadline for leaving the country has expired, or before you are given a deadline for leaving, you will receive NOK 15,000 per adult and NOK 25,000 per child who was under the age of 18 when you applied for assisted return.
  • If you apply after your deadline for leaving the country has expired, you will receive NOK 5,000 per adult and NOK 5,000 per child who was under the age of 18 when you applied for assisted return.

How will your return be organised?

  • You will be told in advance when you are to leave, and you will travel as an ordinary passenger on a scheduled flight.
  • You can receive help during the journey and in connection with stopovers.
  • Transport will normally be arranged for you all the way to your place of origin. 

How to apply? 

  • You must create a user account and fill in the UDI application form for assisted return. 
  • You must fill in one form per person, also for children. You can use the same user account. 
  • IOM, the asylum reception centre where you live and the UDI regional office can help you to apply. 
  • Normally, both parents and all their children in Norway who are under the age of 18 must apply at the same time. Contact the IOM for advice if all of you do not plan to apply.
Go to application form


If your application for assisted return is denied

  • If you disagree with the decision from UDI you can write an appeal. When you appeal you should explain why the decision is wrong. You should also submit any new information or new documents if applicable.
  • You can submit your appeal on «Appealing a decision» (external website), or by letter to:

UDI Returenheten – VARP
Postboks 2098 Vika
NO-0125 Oslo

  • If UDI does not reverse the decision after considering your appeal, it will be assessed again by The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
  • You still have the obligation to leave Norway. If your deadline for leaving Norway has expired you do not have the right to stay in Norway while your appeal is being processed.  
  • If you leave Norway while your appeal is being processed, please send us an email at Varp@udi.no with your contact information, so that we can get in touch with you. 

If you want to withdraw your application for assisted return

If you wish to withdraw your application for assisted return, you must notify UDI by email: varp@udi.no, or by phone: +47 23 35 16 00.