Selection mission cases

Within the annual resettlement quota, we have different main groups of applicants. Each main group usually consists of applicants staying in the same country. UDI travels to the country where they are and interviews them. These cases are called selection mission cases.

The UNHCR is notified about what profile Norway wishes the applications to have. For example, families and vulnerable women may be given priority. Norway does not influence which individual cases the UNHCR submits.

The UNHCR considers who has the greatest need for resettlement. UDI conducts interviews and further examines the written information we received in the application. The purpose of the interview is to establish

  • the applicant’s identity
  • the applicant’s need for international protection
  • the applicant’s situation in the country where he/she is staying
  • other criteria that follow from the guidelines for the work on resettlement refugees

If UDI approves the application, the applicant is issued with an entry and residence permit. The vast majority are granted refugee status.


In selection mission cases, UDI asks applicants to confirm their identity information during their interview. This could be, for example, the spelling of their name, date of birth or marital status. The information about applicants is used to establish their identity.