Work visas in Norway


Information for citizens of the EEU and the European Economic Area:  

The Agreement on the European Economic Area allows job seekers, students and professionals from other EU-EEA countries to live, work or study in Norway without needing work or residence permits for a period up to three months. Beyond the prescribed period of 3 months, a residence permit is required and registration with the National Register ("Folkeregisteret") is compulsary. Job seekers from the EU-EEA are allowed to stay in Norway for a period up to six months to find a job in the country. 

After finding a job in Norway, it is compulsory for EU-EEA citizens to apply for a residence permit at the local police station; passport and confirmation of employment from their employer are required. If it is a temporary work contract, the duration of the residence permit will be equivalent. If it is an permanent work contract, the residence permit will be renewable every 5 years. The procedure is detailed on the website of the UDI at

Once the residence permit in your possession, you must then register as a worker with the National Register ("Folkeregisteret"). Depending on the duration of your work contract or on your status in Norway, the Folkeregisteret will assign to you either a provisional personal number ("D"), or a personal identity number ( "ID"). This personal number is very important because you will need to provide your ID number for many other administrative procedures. 

  Useful Link: 

Norwegian Immigration

All procedures and required documents' checklists for work permits are available at


Restrictions apply for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens. For more information about specific measures applicable to Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, please check the UDI website at

Citizens from outside the UE-EEA: 

Norway grants several types of work permits corresponding to several types of occupations: seasonal workers, skilled workers, au pair jobs, fishing industry etc. Find out the specific work permit corresponding to your situation at You'll find there a list of work permits and the corresponding application procedures. 

Non-EEA nationals must have a valid job offer or a work contract with a Norwegian company to apply for a work permit. The application fee for a work permit is of NOK 1,100 ($190). If the permit is granted, it is mandatory to get an health insurance assistance premium (covering for €30,000 minimum) and valid throughout the Schengen area. 

The visa application must be made from your country of residence at the Norwegian embassy or consulate. Note that the employer may initiate the procedure. You will be authorized to work in Norway once you have received all required authorizations only. 

  Good to know: 

If you already are in Norway with a work permit, you'll need to reapply for another work permit if you intend to take another job. Remember that registration with the Folkeregisteret remains mandatory in order to get a personal identification number. 

Some work permits lead to permanent residency in Norway. Conditions and restrictions apply. For more information about work permits leading to permanent residency, visit "Ny I Norge" (New Norway) website at or for further general information about the immigration process in Norway. 

All procedures and required documents' checklists for work permits are available at

The working holiday visa (WHV) in Norway: 

Norway has signed agreements with New Zealand and Australia to allow their nationals to benefit from the working holiday visa in the country. The Working holiday Visa (or WHV) is a visa allowing a stay for tourism, studies or employment for young people aged 18 to 30 for a period up to one year in Norway. Terms and prerequisites in the framework of the WHV may vary depending on the origin of the candidates: for New Zealand citizens, visit the Norwegian embassy website at For Australian citizens, visit the Norwegian embassy website at

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
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