Further postponement of the duty to return to Afghanistan
People who have received a final decision to return to Afghanistan are not obliged to leave Norway for as long as the suspension of returns lasts. This applies to people from Afghanistan who:
- have had their application for protection rejected
- have been deported from Norway
- have had their residence permit revoked
- reside in Norway, and has had their application for a residence permit rejected
Persons with cases covered by the Dublin III Convention or the First Asylum Rule are not covered by the postponement of the duty to return. They are still to return to the European country where they first applied for protection.
By 31 January 2022, UDI and UNE will reassess the return situation to Afghanistan, and whether the suspension should be extended or lifted. If the situation is clarified at an earlier stage, we may reconsider whether the case processing will be resumed before the period is over.