Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration
The Voluntary Assisted Return Programme (VARP) is a return assistance programme offered to asylum seekers and migrants without a legal right to stay in Norway. It aims to provide assistance for those planning to return voluntarily to their home countries in an organised, safe and dignified manner.
How to apply for assisted voluntary return
From 19 June 2019 all applications for Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (VARP) must be submitted directly to the Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI). Cases accepted for VARP and IOM assistance will be forwarded to IOM by UDI.
What we offer:
Return information and counselling
Assistance with applying for travel documents
Travel arrangements to the final destination
Assistance at departure, in transit and upon arrival
Distribution of financial support for reintegration upon arrival in country of origin
Transport assistance to final destination
Limited follow-up, if requested and possible
Who is eligible?
Asylum seekers with a:
Pending asylum claim
Rejected asylum application
Rejected asylum appeal
A withdrawn asylum application
Any migrant not registered with the Government of Norway and without a legal permission to stay in Norway.
The advantages of travelling with IOM:
You travel as a regular passenger.
Help obtaining valid travel documents.
Assistance at departure, in transit and upon arrival.
Confirmed travel dates make it easier to plan and prepare your return, allowing you to inform friends and relatives in advance.
Your travel is arranged up to the final destination.
IOM will not inform local authorities about your arrival.
You may be eligible for financial support (FSR).
You are not indebted to the Norwegian government for your travel.
The services are free of charge, including the cost of travel and travel assistance.
Do you have questions regarding AVRR? See our frequently asked questions →
Apply to UDI for Assisted Voluntary Return
IOM is not a part of the Norwegian government. IOM does not assist with visa or asylum issues in Norway. If you think your asylum claim was not given fair consideration, contact a lawyer or the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS).
Before IOM can assist you with your return, an approval from the Norwegian authorities (UDI) is needed. UDI may deny certain individuals from travelling with IOM and the reasons for denial are not made known to IOM, only to you personally. The Norwegian police service will not be involved in your return with IOM.
Financial Support to Return (FSR)
You may be entitled to financial re-integration support. The financial support is intended to be an initial support for you to re-establish your life back home. It is the government of Norway that decides which support you may qualify for and finances the support. IOM distributes and administers the support.
IOM will book and pay for your plane ticket for the return journey and provide you with pocket money for the journey. The pocket money is USD 80 for adults above 18 years of age, and USD 110 for children below the age of 18.
Prior to departure, all applicants will be provided with information on how the financial support will be distributed, and receive contact information to their local IOM office. In most cases, the distribution of the re-integration support is completed around 3 weeks after arrival. Bank transfer is an option in most countries, and if an applicant has the bank details ready prior to departure the payment process might be faster. IOM follows the UN’s own currency exchange rates that are updated once to twice per month. The financial support is normally paid in local currency, with the exchange NOK → USD → local currency. Exceptionally, the support may be paid in a different currency, normally USD, depending on the situation in the country of return.
Do you have questions regarding FSR? See our frequently asked questions →
Check if you are eligible for FSR with the UDI →
If you are travelling with IOM, please review our guidelines.
Stories of Return
We have assisted thousands of people with their return from Norway throughout the years. Every migrant experience and every story is unique. We have collected some of these Stories of Return to share these experiences with you.
Click on your preferred language to view/download a brochure.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Office: Skippergata 33, 4th floor, 0154 Oslo, Norway
Post: Pb 8927 Youngstorget, 0028 Oslo, Norway
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-15:00
Telephone: (+47) 23 10 53 20 | Fax: (+47) 23 10 53 23