The asylum procedure in Norway


An application for asylum is first registered with the police. Later, the asylum seekers is interviewed by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), who also makes a decision in the case. If the UDI rejects the claim for asylum, the asylum seeker is appointed a lawyer who writes an appeal. The Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) considers the appeal and makes a final decision in the asylum case.

Asylum seekers with a final negative decision do not have the possibility to advance further appeals. They have no right to further legal aid. Asylum seekers can still write a so-called ‘omgjøringsbegjæring’, an appeal to UNE to consider overturning their decision based on new information to the case. Such appeals to re-consider are not in the way of a forced return of the asylum seeker.