Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers

You are an unaccompanied minor asylum seeker if you are under the age of 18 years, come to Norway without your parents or others with parental responsibility and apply for protection (asylum) in Norway.

If you come to Norway as an asylum seeker and you are under the age of 18 years, you will be given a representative (guardian) when you register at the police. Your representative is an adult who will act in your parents’ stead and look after your rights in Norway, both legally and financially.

After you have registered with the police, you may have to go to the UDI to have a conversation with the arrival unit. Here we will ask you some questions that you need to answer, in order for us to know how to process your application. We may also ask for your consent to conduct an age examination.

  • During the application process you will have an asylum interview.
  • When you move, you will usually be given a new representative.
  • When you are under the age of 18 years, you will always be given a lawyer. The lawyer will represent you through the whole application process.

 Your age decides where you will live while your application is being processed:

  • If you are between the age of 15 and 18 years old, you will live in a reception centre for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers. This is a special reception centre for people of your age.
  • If you are under the age of 15, the child welfare services (external website) will take responsibility for you, and make sure that you are looked after.

The age you say you are to the police is the age that decides where you will live. If an age examination finds that the age you said is incorrect, this may have consequences for your application and where you will live.

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