Supporting documents for Specialists

Specialists who intend to apply for a job / work permit after arriving in Norway can apply for a Job Seeker visa. Please note that the Consulate General cannot start processing the application before all required documents are received.

Specialists / highly skilled workers, with or without an offer of employment, can apply for a visa in order to travel to Norway and start a new job / look for a job and apply for a work permit at their local Police station in Norway. The visa (referred to as a job seeker visa, regardless of whether you have an offer of employment or not) can be issued with 1 entry and up to 90 days. The reason for the 1 entry is that the applicant is meant to apply from the country he / she is living in. The job seeker visa is a national visa with a 5 day transit option through Schengen.

Once the applicant has been given a written offer of employment, he / she can bring this, along with the documents described below and 2 application forms for a work permit to their local Police Station (in Norway). In most cases, the Police can process the application and issue a temporary work permit, enabling the applicant to commence working immediately. Once the original work permit application has been granted, the Police will affix a sticker in the specialist's / highly skilled worker's passport which will also serve as a multiple entry Schengen visa enabling the applicant to travel to any Schengen country for up to 90 days in any months' period (as long as the work permit is valid).

Job seeker visas are only issued to specialists / highly skilled workers, not to accompanying family members (unless the spouse is also considered a specialist / highly skilled worker and intends to find a job in Norway). Applicants who are moving to Norway with their families, should consider applying for a work permit from the Consulate General instead, as the application process for the accompanying family members otherwise could take very long.

Specialists / highly skilled workers wishing to apply for a job seeker visa must submit the following documents: (Originals or certified true copies made by competent authority)

  1. Your passport or travel document
    Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended stay in Norway and that the passport has a blank page for a visa sticker.

  2. One recent colour passport size photograph
    The photos must be less than 6 months old, have a light background and be of good quality (must be taken in a photo booth or by a professional photographer). For more information, please click here (please do NOT use paperclips or staples to attach the photos to the application form).

  3. Original (or certified true copy) -

    - Proof of Qualifications
    (e.g. Degree Certificate(s), Course Certificates, etc) 

    - ‘Offer of Employment’ / Contract of Employment (if applicable). If you do not have an offer of employment, please submit proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself in Norway for 3 months (e.g. bank statements for the last 3 months, credit card statement with credit limit, etc).

    - Birth Certificate (not a requirement when applying for a visa, but must be presented when applying for a work permit in Norway)

  4. Visa application fee: EUR 60.                      
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    Payment is made online when lodging the application. Most credit / debit cards are accepted.

    The following applicants are exempt from paying the visa fee:
    - Children under the age of 6
    - School pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training
    - Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research, as per specific rules.

    Reduced fee:
    Exemptions are also made for citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Moldova, FYROM and Albania.
    The fee in these cases is EUR 35
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If you do no have a job offer, you must submit proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for 3 months.

If you are currently in employment, an original letter from your employer confirming your employment position and level of expertise can often aid and speed up the application process, but is not an initial requirement.


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