Work permits for Norway
Applying for a work permit in Norway
Work permits for EU citizens
EEA nationals with a valid identity card or passport can legally reside and work in Norway without a visa for three months. The same applies to members of their family who are also EEA nationals. Family members who are not EEA nationals must have a valid passport, and be able to document that they are members of the primary applicant’s household, or that the applicant supports them. Skilled workers are exempt for six months.
Work permits for non-EU citizens
Expats from countries outside of the EU and EEA will have different processes to go through depending on the kind of work they want to do. Officially, expats applying for a work permit must already have found a job.
Skilled workers in Norway
Skilled workers are required to have either completed vocational training or a university degree, depending on their profession. There has to be a corresponding qualification in Norway. Permits are only granted based on experience in exceptional circumstances.
Certain skilled workers will also have to have their qualification approved by a state organisation such as, for example, the Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAFH) for doctors and nurses.
Successful applicants can get a permit that is valid for one to three years at a time. After three years, a skilled worker can apply for a permanent residence permit in Norway. It is usually possible for family to apply to live with the main permit holder.
It's possible to change jobs if working for a Norwegian employer, as long as the same type of work is performed.