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Work and residence permits

In this section you will find information about work and residence permits. Please click on the links in the list below for detailed information.

 

  

 

EEA nationals
 
From 1 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 secures nationals of the EU and EFTA countries freedom of movement and establishment throughout the area, and a work permit is no longer required.

As an EEA national you may stay in Norway for a period of three months (which is extendable up to six months in total) to seek employment provided you are financially self-sufficient. Should you find employment during this time, you must apply for a residence permit at the nearest police station, bringing with you your national passport, two photographs and a "Confirmation of Employment" from your employer.

Your 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.

If you take up short-time employment in Norway and your stay does not exceed three months, a residence permit will not be required. Neither are you required to report to the police.

For more information regarding the EEA-Agreement, please click here.

 

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Specialists
 
Work permit for skilled and seasonal workers (none EEA-nationals).

From the 1st of January 2002 Norwegian authorities extended the possibility for persons within certain fields within the employment market, who are not covered by the European Economic Area Agreement (EEA-Agreement), to apply for work permit in Norway.

If you belong to the category which may be eligible to apply for work permit from within Norway, you may apply for a visa through the Embassy or Consulate General in order to obtain work permit after arrival in Norway.

If you are uncertain as to whether you will require visa in order to enter Norway, please click here (Countries whose citizens do not require visa).

You may apply for work permit in accordance with the new Regulations provided;

  • You are a skilled worker or has special qualifications. Where particular considerations so indicate, higher-level training is required. It is a condition that this competence is deemed necessary for the activity and that the post cannot be filled with resident labour or labour from the European Economic Area. The offer of employment shall normally apply for at least one year.
  • You intend to work in a typical seasonal activity or in connection with ordinary holiday arrangements. A permit is not granted for a longer period than three months from the date of which the foreign national entered the realm

If you would like to know whether you may be covered by this scheme, please click here.

Please note that for certain professions you may be required to obtain authorisation of your qualifications – particularly within the health sector. As neither the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration nor the Embassy in London have a list over which qualifications are needed within each individual profession in the country you obtained the qualifications, it is your responsibility to obtain the authorised qualifications. To obtain such authorisation you must apply to relevant Department/Ministry, which in some cases may take time.

If you belong to the above-mentioned categories and wish to work in Norway- and you require visa in order to enter Norway - you will be required to complete a visa application  and enclose the following documentation:

  • 2 recent passport size photographs
  • Your passport
  • Proof of qualifications and/or proof of work experience within the field you would like to work
  • If you have already been offered a job; offer of employment from employer in Norway
  • If you are going to look for work; proof of financial means for three months
  • Fee: £90,- payable in cash, postal orders or cheque with bank guarantee card

The Embassy is required to inform you that even though you have been granted a visa in accordance with the mentioned Regulations, it does not necessarily entitle you to work in Norway. Within 7 days of arrival in Norway, you must apply to the local police in the area you will be working and living.
If you have been staying in England or Wales the last 6 months, you may lodge an application according to the mentioned scheme through the Norwegian Embassy in London at the following address:

Royal Norwegian Embassy
25 Belgrave Square
London, SW1 8QD
Telephone: 020 7591 55 00

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you must lodge the application through the Consulate General in Edinburgh at the following address:

Royal Norwgian Consulate General
86 George Street
Edinburgh, EH2 3BU
Telephone: 0131-226 57 01

Opening hours for such matters at the Embassy in London are during week days between 10am and 12noon. Please note that you may not enter Norway during the process of the application.

     

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Australia & New Zealand

Norway has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Governments of  Australia and New Zealand regarding a reciprocal agreement with regards to working holiday maker scheme.

In order to be taken into consideration under this Scheme, the applicant must fulfill the following criteria:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand national
  • intend primarily to holiday in Norway for a specific period (must not exceed 12 months)
  • be aged between 18 and 30 years at the time of lodging the application
  • not be accompanied by dependent children
  • possess reasonable funds for financial maintenance during initial stay in Norway
  • have a good health and a sound background
  • hold a travel insurance
  • have no criminal record
  • have not previously taken part in the Working Holiday Maker Scheme

Persons wishing to apply to take part in this scheme, must complete application forms in dublicate (you may obtain the forms at the Embassy) and provide the following documentation and information:

  • 2 recent passport size photographs of applicant
  • passport
  • fee: £90,- in cash, postal orders or cheque with bank guarantee card
  • return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
  • proof of financial means (i.e. recent bank statement)
  • travel insurance
  • proof of good health (i.e. doctor’s certificate)
  • state the full address of initial place of domicile in Norway

You may lodge an application through the Consular Section at the following address:

Royal Norwegian Embassy
25 Belgrave Square
London, SW1 8QD
020 7591 55 00

Consular opening hours are during week days between 10:00 hrs and 12:00 hrs. Please note that you may not enter Norway during the process of the application.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you must lodge the application through the Consulate General in Edinburgh at the following address:

Royal Norwgian Consulate General
86 George Street
Edinburgh, EH2 3BU

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Other countries

Nationals of other countries must apply for a work and residence permit before taking up employment in Norway.

If you have received an offer of employment in Norway, and you are a resident in England or Wales, you must apply for the work-and residence permit through the Norwegian Embassy in London.

If you are a resident in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you should lodge the application through the Norwegian Consulate General in Edinburgh.

The time required to process such and application may be several months.

The applicants may not enter Norway during the period in which the application for a work-and residence permit is under consideration.

In order to apply for work-and/or residence permit for Norway, please complete the application form in duplicate. 

With the application forms you must enclose the following:

  • Passport/travel document (you must be able to prove that you have been living in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland during the last six months or longer)
  • 2 - two - recent passport size photographs
  • Fee: £90,- in cash, postal orders or cheque
     bank guarantee card

For work permit:

  • A form, "Offer of Employment", duly completed and signed by your future employer in Norway

For residence permit:

  • Recent bank statement confirming that you are and will be able to support yourself financially in Norway
  • Proof of accommodation, such as a completed ‘Guarantee Form for Residence’ (the reference in Norway may obtain this form – GP7013 B/E -from the local police in Norway)

For students:

  • A study plan (you may click on the link or obtain this form at the Embassy) stating which course of education you will be following in Norway and when completion is expected. (The form is in Norwegian only). 
  • A financing plan (you may click on the link or obtain this form at the Embassy. The form is in Norwegian only). 

For accompanying family members:

  • Separate applications must be completed (in duplicate) for each family member.

    Spouse: 
    2 - two - recent passport size photographs
    Marriage certificate

    Child:  
    2 - two - recent passport size photographs (write the name of the child on the back of the photographs)
    Birth certificate stating both the child’s and the parents’ names

You may lodge the applications in person at the Embassy or Consulate General during Consular opening hours, which are from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 12noon.

After the details in your application has been checked and all necessary documentation has been enclosed, your application will be forwarded to relevant authority in Norway, where – pending on each individual case it may take several months to be processed.

When a decision has been reached, you will be notified in writing by the Embassy or Consulate General.

According to the Norwegian Immigration Regulations applicants MAY NOT enter Norway during the processing period.                          

Please see also this link for work related information      
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