If you are educated and would like to apply for a work visa in Norway, you should read this article. It’s a guide regarding your future plans. You will also find information and link to our UDI immigration office for more and official information.
Visa Fees in Norway
Updated per 01. June. 2019
|Type of application||Fee|
|Residence permits for work (also renewals)||NOK 5.400|
|Group permit for employers (per worker)||NOK 5.400|
|Study permit for applicants over the age of 18 (also renewals)||NOK 5.300|
|Study permit for applicants under the age of 18||0,-|
|Au pair permit (also renewals)||NOK 5.300|
|Permit for researchers with own funds||NOK 5.300|
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Requirements of the employee
- You must pay an application fee.
Requirements relating to your education/qualifications
- You must have one of the following types of education/qualifications. A completed vocational training programme of at least three years at upper secondary school level, for example as a carpenter or health worker. There must be a corresponding vocational training programme in Norway.
- Completed education or degree from a university/ university college, for example a bachelor’s degree as an engineer or nurse.
- Special qualifications that you have obtained through long work experience, if relevant in combination with courses etc. A permit is only granted in such cases in exceptional circumstances. Your qualifications must be equivalent to those of someone who has completed vocational training.
Requirements relating to the employment relationship
- You must have received a concrete job offer from one specific employer in Norway.
- The job must normally be full-time. If you have been offered at least an 80 percent position, we will accept this.
- The job you are offered must require qualifications as a skilled worker. You must have the qualifications that the job requires.
The pay and working conditions must not be poorer than is normal in Norway.
- If you are going to work in an occupation for which recognition or authorisation is required (external website), you must have such recognition or authorisation. Health personnel, for example, must enclose an authorisation or licence from the Norwegian Directorate of Health (external website).
- If you are to work through a staffing agency, you must present a list of the assignments that the employer has planned for you. The assignments must be confirmed by the business/businesses you are carrying out the assignments for. It is only possible for you to get a residence permit for the period of time when you are carrying out the assignments on this list. The staffing agency must be registered in the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority’s register.
Rights and obligations
- The duration of the residence permit you are able to get depends on the position you have been offered.
- If the position requires that you have completed a vocational training programme at upper secondary school level, you can get a residence permit for up to one year at a time.
- If the position requires that you have completed an education or degree from a university/ university college, you can normally get a residence permit for up to three years at a time. If we need to check more frequently that you still fulfil the requirements, for example because you are going to work through a staffing agency, you will only be able to get a residence permit for up to one year at a time.
- After three years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit in Norway.
- Your family can usually apply to come and live with you in Norway. If your family members apply at the same time as you, you will receive the answer to your applications at the same time.
- If you are later going to change employers, but work in the same type of position, you do not need to apply for a new residence permit.
- If you are later going to start in a new type of position you must apply for a new residence permit, no matter if you are staying with the same employer or changing employers. You can not start in a new type of position until you have been given a new residence permit.
- If you have been laid off temporarily.
- You can stay in Norway as long as you are temporarily laid off and have a valid residence permit
- You do not have to notify the police or the UDI.
- If you lose your job, you must notify the police where you live within seven days. You can then stay in Norway for up to six months to look for a new job. Your residence permit must still be valid for the duration of this period.
- If you get a new job, but are going to work in the same type of position as before, you do not need to apply for a new residence permit, but you must notify the police where you live within seven days after you start the new job.
- If you get a new job, where you are going to have a different type of position than before, you must apply for a new residence permit. You cannot start in the new type of position until you have been given a new residence permit.