Are you looking to stay in Norway, or you want asylum in Norway? You should try it, or why not try? As no doubt, Norway is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Also, it is home to more natural wonders than we can count. It has cities, fascinating history, and happy people. However, Norway is not cheap for a living but, with price comes high living standards. So, let’s see the steps to apply for asylum in this beautiful country.
How to apply for asylum in Norway?
Where To Apply?
The Police Foreign Unit carries the process of registration for asylum seekers. If you want to apply for asylum, then you must report to the Police Station, located on Christian Kroghsgt 32C, Oslo. After you reach there, the police will take your fingerprints and photographs. Also, they can ask some proof you of your identity and how you travel to Norway. You have to submit your passport with other identity documents to the police.
What will be the process?
Asylum Reception Centre: Refstad
After the police registration process, go to Asylum Reception Centre. You have to stay at the arrival reception center at Refstad (Oslo). In the starting initial days, you will have to live at Refstad. However, sometimes they might send you directly to an ordinary asylum reception center. At the reception center, the staff will provide information about your rights.
A Health Check-Up
The tuberculosis test is compulsory. As soon as you reach reception at the health outpost tuberculosis test will be taken. Testing for other illnesses such as HIV and hepatitis is voluntary but recommended.
NOAS is a Norwegian organization advocating for the rights of asylum seekers. The role of NOAS is to provide information to asylum seekers at the arrival reception center.
This occurs at Refstad within the first three days of arrival. The information includes a film and an individual chat with a member of the NOAS staff. You have to submit your asylum application to UDI. You will get an overview of the asylum process there at the center.
Also, you will get an explanation of your rights and obligations.
That conversation is going to be in a language you understand.
Interview process by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)
It is the most significant phase of the asylum process. UDI is a state agency that determines whether you have a residence permit or not.
Also, you have to very clear with your reason for asylum-seeking in Norway. They may ask what you think will happen to you if you return to your home country. The interview normally lasts between 3 and 5 hours. You will get an interpreter during the interview.
You move into another referral center for asylum and wait for a verdict from UDI.
It is a free service for asylum seekers to live at the asylum reception center. You can choose to live in secret. For example, when waiting for the results of your case from UDI, you may be staying with relatives or friends. If you want to live in private, you are not entitled to economic assistance.
UDI will send you a decision to:
The residence permit is granted or refused.
You will be given asylum in Norway if UDI states that your life and rights are in danger in your home country.
Due to any of the following reasons like :
Your race, sex, religion, membership in a certain social association, your political activities. Or that the country is in a crisis.
But only on the condition that nobody will help you in your home country. You might be given asylum on compassionate grounds. Only where you or your children have a significant health problem.
A residency permit on humanitarian grounds presupposes. What if a person returns to their home country where care for the disease may not be available. Then the person will be placed at risk for health and life. The appeals for asylum on compassionate grounds will get denied. If UDI feels that a person’s life will be safe, can return to their home country safely.
When a residency permit is issued, you can live in a county.
You’ll shift to a municipality after several weeks or months. You are taking courses to learn the Norwegian language and lifestyle. Also, you will learn relevant country rules and regulations. The purpose of the courses is to improve the chances of having jobs so you can support yourself. You can want to live where you want to if you are economically autonomous.
You can either return to your country of origin or file a lawsuit if your application got rejected.
You will get a free solicitor who can lodge a formal lawsuit on your behalf. The complaint should be registered to UDI no longer than three weeks.
What if your complaint is also gets rejected?
In that case, you have to return to your home country.
Your complaint is looked at by UDI. If UDI feels there is no change to the decision made. Then the matter is sent to the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) of another State department.
If UNE does not revoke the decision, you should be returning to your home country. If you have new evidence and documentation that can change the outcome of your lawsuit. You can file an appeal and seek a reversal of the ruling. You may still appeal to a high court. But it requires considerable fees, and the odds of overturning the ruling in your favor are very low. Your lawyer will give you some details on that.
The International Organisation for Migration helps you to travel to your home country. Or the police can send you back.
If eventually your refugee claim is turned down. You may opt to willingly return to your home country. Or be escorted back into your home country by police.