EU / EEA Citizens

03/09/2009 // On the 1st of January 1994, Norway became a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) which comprises of the EU member states and the three EFTA states: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The EEA agreement secures nationals of the EU and EFTA countries freedom of movement and establishment throughout the area, and a work permit is no longer required.

EEA nationals may stay in Norway for a period of three months (90 days) provided they are financially self-sufficient (EEA nationals who are registered at their local job centre in Norway ( as actively seeking employment, can stay in Norway for up to 6 months without a residence permit, provided they are financially self-sufficient).

Citizens from the old EU countries, as well as citizens from Liechtenstein and Iceland can work during this period. Citizens from the new EU countries must apply for and obtain a residence permit before they can commence any employment. For more information, please click here.

EEA nationals who wish to stay longer than 90 days, need a residence permit. Applications should be lodged at the local Police Station in Norway.

In order to apply, the following documentation must be submitted:

The residence permit will state that it has been granted in accordance with the EEA provisions and thus gives rights and obligations which differ from residence permits granted under the general provisions.

For more information about Residence Permits for EU / EEA / EFTA nationals, please click here.

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