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It is rare that we prioritise a case because it is the start of studies or compulsory attendance at the course. There has to be something quite special in your case for it to be processed ahead of others in the queue. If you believe there is something special in your case that means we should prioritise it, you can send us a written explanation for this.

UNE has not suspended the duty to return to Russia. This means that if you have had your application for a residence permit rejected and do not have a case pending in UDI or UNE, you are obliged to return to Russia.

If you are in Norway and do not have a case pending in UDI or UNE, you can request that UNE reconsiders your case (request for reversal). If you request such a reversal, and are granted a deferred implementation, you are allowed to stay in Norway until your case has been reassessed. 

UNE is closely monitoring the situation in Russia, and makes concrete, individual assessments of the question of return in each case.

The government platform (Hurdalsplattformen 2021 - 2025) states that the new government will phase out the au-pair scheme. We do not have more information about this yet.

If you have been expelled from Norway, but you wish to return before the prohibition on entry expires, you can apply to the UDI to have the prohibtion lifted.

You can read more about the application requirements on the UDI's website.

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. British citizens are no longer EU or EEA citizens. Upon withdrawal, it was agreed to have a transitional period until 31 December 2020.

On UDI's website you will find information about Brexit and the rules of entry and stay in Norway for British citizens and their family members. The pages are regularly updated with new information.

  • If your permit is revoked pursuant to section 63 of the Immigration Act, you will lose all of your accrued residence time. This is because all your current and previous permissions are revoked.
  • If your refugee status ceases pursuant to section 37 of the Immigration Act, you will not lose the period of residence time you have accrued up until your permit expires. This means, for example, that previously accrued residence time can be counted in a future claim of permanent citizenship.

If the reference person is a self-employed person and runs a sole proprietorship, the operating profit or taxable income is reckoned as income. When UNE considers whether it is likely that the requirement for future income will be met, we look at documents such as the most recent tax returns, last year’s income statement, updated information about income and expenses, and statements from authorised accountants.

If the reference person has income from a limited liability company, documentation must be provided that a salary has been drawn from the company. When UNE considers whether it is likely that the requirement for future income will be met, we look at documents such as the most recent tax returns, accounts, bank statements, VAT returns and statements from an authorised accountant.

We aim to give you a reply within three weeks. Sometimes it can take longer. You will be told how long we expect it to take at the end of the board hearing. We will send the reply to your lawyer. If it takes a long time, you can phone your lawyer.

No. You must write to us in Norwegian or English.

As long as you live in Norway, you are obliged to notify the police of the address at which you live. If we do not know where you are, your application can be rejected without the case being considered.

No, usually not. If you have applied for protection in one of the countries that participate in the cooperation under the Dublin Regulation, you cannot apply again in another one of these countries. You can only have your case considered in one country. You can read more about this on the UDI's website.


If you believe that there is an error in the decision, that can have had a bearing on the result, you can read about your options on our page If you disagree with UNE’s decision.

If you wait too long before you leave after you have received a positive reply from IOM, you can lose your place in the return programme even if you are waiting for a decision from UNE.  IOM does not have access to information about your case with UNE and doesn’t know that you are awaiting a decision. If you are wondering whether you can wait for our decision without losing your place in the return programme, you must contact IOM.

If you wish to work, you must apply for a temporary work permit. The application must be submitted to the police where you live. It is a condition that you have a valid passport from your home country. Read more about how to apply on the UDI’s website.

You will receive a reply to your request for deferred implementation as soon as possible. We will send the reply in writing to your lawyer or to you if you do not have a lawyer.

If you have requested reversal of a final decision, you will receive a reply both if your request is granted and if it is rejected.