Norwegian Work Permit
Work permits for EU/EEA citizens
Generally speaking, citizens of the EU/EEA (including the UK) do not need a work permit or need to apply for a residence permit in Norway for a short time. Information about work permits and regulations for both EEA and non-EEA citizens are available directly from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website and The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV).
EEA nationals with a valid identity card or passport can legally reside and work in Norway without a visa for 3 months as well as their members of their family who are also EEA nationals. Skilled workers are exempt for 6 months.
Work permits for non EU/EEA citizens
It is a crucial must for non EU/EEA applicants who will be working in Norway to have a residence permit, this will give you access to work (work permit). A valid offer of employment or assignment from a company in Norway to apply for a work permit is required. Types of residents permit vary according to type of work planned to take place in Norway.
Visa applicants seeking work in Norway must typically obtain permanent residence, as well. Individuals with permanent residence privileges may live and work in Norway freely. The country of Norway requires applicants to meet certain criteria in order to apply for permanent residence. Eligibility requirements include continuously living in Norway for extended periods of time and possessing no prior criminal history. Norway immigration provides a list of additional requirements online.
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration acts as the governing body overseeing the issuance of work permits and working holiday visas to Norway. There are specific requirements: individuals must be 18 to 30 years of age, have a valid passport, a return travel ticket to the country of origin or the means to purchase a return ticket, and a good mental, physical, and criminal background check.
Only work permits requisitioned by an employer grants an individual the right to live and work in Norway. Two types of permits exist for Norwegian job seekers: 12-month work permits and seasonal work permits. 12-month permits allow skilled workers to live and hold a job for up to a year. A seasonal work permit allows a worker three months of residency and employment. Nationals from certain countries may live and work in Norway without a visa for up to three months.
As Norway is not a member of the European Union they still can issue Skilled Jobseeker Residence Permits which allow you to live in Norway for 6 months and search for jobs & interview with employers. As with all work permits, this is limited to a certain period of time and once the period is up you are expected to leave the country again. Note that this is not a Schengen visa.
Please note that, the Schengen visa is NOT a work permit. It does not allow you to work in the Schengen countries, therefore in order to work in the EU you need a work permit issued by the individual member state.
D – Entry visa
D-visas may also be issued to enable skilled workers to either apply for a work permit or await a decision on a previously lodged application in Norway. Skilled workers may apply for an entry visa to Norway until the application for a work permit has been granted. There is no fee for a skilled worker to submit a D visa application. In order to issue the entry visa following documents are required.
- Cover letter from the Application Portal Norway.
- Passport/travel document valid for at least three months after visa’s expiry date.
- Valid resident`s permit valid for at least the last six months for the country where the application is lodged.
- All documentation as required for applications for residence permits for skilled workers.