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Six official websites to know if you’re planning to work in Norway

Bureaucracy can sometimes make it hard for foreigners to hit the ground running when they arrive in Norway. If you're planning on working in the country, these websites will be crucial. 

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These are the websites you'll need to know about when working in Norway. Pictured is an office.Photo by Mario Gogh on Unsplash

Norway is a fantastic place to work, whether it’s the working culture, salaries or work-life balance. However, there are still plenty of things you need to consider whether you’ve accepted an offer, or just begun looking for a job. 

For the unprepared, this can mean bouncing around websites until your head’s in a spin. However, knowing where to find critical resources and which sites handle what can help grease the wheels and make the bureaucratic process smoother. 

UDI

(https://www.udi.no/)

This will be your first port of call if you’re moving to Norway for work. The UDI, or Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, handles immigration related matters Mostly non-EEA citizens will need a work permit, whereas those from within the EEA will need to register with the police. Regardless, both will need to check into this site. 

Both of these acts are done after you’ve secured a job. When applying for a work permit, you’ll need a position that’s at least 80 percent of full-time hours and pay an application fee. 

READ ALSO: How to get a work permit in Norway

NOKUT 

(https://www.nokut.no/en/)

Some jobs in Norway require you to get qualifications or education that you’ve obtained in another country accredited by Norwegian authorities. 

The country has 161 regulated professions in which certain education or training requirements need to be met to work in that role. 

Some employers in non-regulated professions may also want to confirm the validity of your prior education. 

NOKUT evaluates the status of the educational institution and qualification in the country where it was acquired, along with the duration and level of the programme.

Degrees from several countries, such as the UK, Nordics, and Australia, can be automatically recognised. This comes in the form of a statement that can be downloaded and confirms that NOKUT recognises your certifications.  

READ MORE: What foreign workers in Norway should know about regulated professions

 Skatteetaten 

(https://www.skatteetaten.no/en/person/)

This is a site you will keep coming back to if you are going to be working in Norway. Skatteetaten is the website of the Norwegian Tax Administration. 

You will use this site for several things. Chief among them will be checking your tax return and tax card to ensure your information is correct. 

The tax authority is also responsible for issuing identity numbers, which you’ll need to access public services and open a bank account. 

NAV

(https://www.nav.no/no/person)

If you are going to work in Norway, then you may need to familiarise yourself with NAV or the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration. 

NAV has many uses, and the majority of the site, like all the others on this list, is available in English. So whether it’s searching for a jobchecking your pension or going on sick leave, there’ll be plenty of things you’ll need to use NAV for. 

READ MORE: Can you claim your Norwegian pension from another country?

Norwegian Digitalisation Agency 

(https://eid.difi.no/en/)

A lot of public services in Norway are available online. To access these public services, you will need the aforementioned national ID number, but you will also need a digital ID. 

You will need to head to the website of the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency to get started you up to speed with the various digital IDs. 

The most straightforward ID to get is MinID. However, this comes with a lower security clearance than others, such as BankID. 

READ MORE: How to get an electronic ID in Norway without a ‘personnummer’

The Labour Inspection Authority

(https://www.arbeidstilsynet.no/en/knowyourrights/)

Norway is known for its good working practices and work-life balance. However, it’s still important to know your rights and what you are entitled to in the event that an employer tries to take advantage of you. 

On the Labour Inspection Authority’s website, you can find a complete overview of what you can expect regarding contracts, wages, working conditions and more. 

The website also has links and instructions on what to do and who to speak to if you think your rights have been infringed upon. 

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Why your Norwegian work permit application might be rejected and how to avoid it

Norway is an attractive proposition for workers from all over the globe. However, some job hunters will need a residence permit for employees to move to the country. The UDI has revealed to The Local the most common reasons applications are rejected. 

Why your Norwegian work permit application might be rejected and how to avoid it

Whether it’s the high salaries, work-life balance, or generous benefits, people from all over the world are lured to Norway for work. 

Last year, more than 21,000 people moved to Norway for work, according to statistics from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). 

Of these, 7,348 were granted residence permits for work, while the rest were EEA nationals, which meant they didn’t need a work permit. 

To be granted a residence permit for work, you’ll most likely need to have been offered a job first, and the type of permit you apply for will depend on your line of work. You must meet several other requirements to be given a residence permit, such as a minimum salary or a set number of contracted hours. 

Unfortunately, not everyone who applies for a work permit is successful. And as an application fee is involved, it would be handy to know the most common reasons for applications being turned down so you can take steps to avoid them. 

Luckily, the UDI has provided The Local with the most common reasons for applications being denied. 

READ ALSO: How many people move to Norway for work, and where do they come from?

Skilled workers

The skilled worker permit was the type of residence card that was most commonly granted in 2021. Over half of the permits issued to those wanting to live and work in Norway were for skilled employees. 

According to the UDI, one of the most common reasons why applications for skilled workers are rejected is because they do not have the relevant qualifications. 

Typically, the qualifications required for a skilled worker visa are a degree or vocational training of at least three years at the upper secondary level for example, if you have trained or undergone an apprenticeship as a carpenter. For those with vocational qualifications, there must be a corresponding course in Norway. 

Your application may be rebuffed if you have a vocational qualification that isn’t offered at upper secondary school level in Norway. Additionally, if you are applying for a skilled worker permit, the job must be relevant to your skills.

Workers can also prove they are skilled through work experience and have obtained special qualifications gained through employment. However, the criteria for this are much stricter, and the UDI warns that many of these applications are rejected.

In Norway, there are many professions which are regulated. This means special qualifications and training are required to work in these fields. In some cases, you will need to have your qualifications approved to be eligible to work in them.

For example, electricians must get approval from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection to work in the country. If you have a degree you can also have it verified too.  

Therefore it is imperative to ensure that you meet the qualification requirements. One way of doing this is to liaise with the employer that has offered you a job. You can also contact the UDI before applying to clear up the requirements and see if you meet them, or work with an immigration lawyer. 

You can read about the other requirements for applying for a skilled worker visa here

Seasonal workers 

There is also a permit available for seasonal workers, which is awarded to those performing a job that can only be done at certain times of the year. 

Applications for these permits are most commonly turned down because the UDI feels that the requirements for the job contract are not met. 

To be granted a seasonal worker permit, the job must be for seasonal work or as a holiday stand-in, and the pay and working conditions must not be poorer than what is considered normal in Norway. 

Furthermore, the offer must be for full-time work. A full-time job in Norway is one which has 37.5 hours in a standard working week. 

You can read more specifically about seasonal worker residence cards here

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