Want to apply Applying for protection (asylum) when you are not in Norway


If you are not in Norway, you cannot apply for protection (asylum). The UNHCR decides who they propose as resettlement refugees to Norway.

What is a resettlement refugee?

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) can help you who are a refugee. One of the solutions they offer is that you may be offered protection in another country than the one you are in now. This is known as being a resettlement refugee (quota refugee).

How to become a resettlement refugee

  • You have to contact the local field office of the UNHCR (external website).
  • The UNHCR will first consider whether or not you are a refugee. They will also consider if you can return to your home country, or continue to stay in the country you are in now.
  • If none of these solutions are possible, the UNHCR will consider sending your application for becoming a resettlement refugee to Norway or another country.
  • The UNHCR also have other solutions to offer you who are a refugee (external website).
  • If you are to come to Norway as a resettlement refugee, the UNHCR have to send your application to Norway.
  • The UDI considers the application from the UNHCR, and decides whether or not you can come to Norway.
  • You cannot send an application to become a resettlement refugee in Norway directly to the UDI. The UDI does not ask the UNHCR to send us the application of a specific person.
  • Norway grants roughly 3 000 resettlement refugees in 2016.

Who can become a resettlement refugee in Norway?

  • If you are to come to Norway as a resettlement refugee, the UNHCR have to send your application to Norway.
  • The UDI considers the application from the UNHCR, and decides whether or not you can come to Norway.
  • You cannot send an application to become a resettlement refugee in Norway directly to the UDI. The UDI does not ask the UNHCR to send us the application of a specific person.
  • Norway grants roughly 3 000 resettlement refugees in 2016.

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