Norway Immigration from Australia

Norway is a safe country with a welcoming and inclusive population. Health care is affordable and education is free.

The country is an English-speaking culture with a strong work-life balance. Here’s some advice if you’re considering migrating to Norway.

Migrating to Norway

People from EU and EEA countries will have no visa requirements to move to Norway and stay there for three months because the country is part of the EU and EEA. However, a stay of more than three months will require registration with the police or municipality where they intend to live.

Those from non-EU and EEA countries will need a residence permit to move to Norway.

Obtaining a work permit is the most typical route to relocate to Norway. These are typically offered to those who have a specific employment offer, have a higher or vocational education, and meet certain pay standards.

Certain trades, such as offshore workers, sports athletes and coaches, seafarers, au pairs, religious teachers, and cooks have their own work permit categories. A self-employment permit is also possible, but it requires documentation of likely income, which is examined by local authorities.

Residence permit application

Documents required

  • A valid passport
  • A completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport photos
  • Details of your qualifications
  • Proof of having a job offer and salary
  • Proof of accommodation in Norway
  • If your job belongs to a regulated profession, you must have the required professional license and will require authorization or recognition
  • You must pay the stipulated visa costs.
  • Your documents can be either in English or Norwegian.

It will take about one month to process your residence permit.

Once you have fixed the date of arrival in Norway, you must also fix an appointment with the local police authorities to obtain your residence card. You can pre-book this appointment before your departure.

The residence permit is renewable and it is better to renew it one to three months before it expires.

You can bring your family members to Norway on the family reunification visa. The following family members can join you in Norway:

  • Spouse or registered partner
  • Children under 18 years old
  • Dependent children above 18 years of age
  • Parents (for stays up to nine months)
  • Minor siblings
Permanent residence

You must have maintained a resident permit in Norway for at least three years and meet certain other requirements in order to apply for a permanent residence permit.

If you hold a permanent residence permit, you will be given a two-year residency card. With a permanent resident permit, you can work and live in Norway for an indefinite period.

What are the eligibility requirements to get a six-month residency permit in order to look for a job in Norway?

Candidates must be eligible under at least one of the below criteria:

  • The applicant must have a student residency permit in Norway and have completed his or her education there.
  • For additional studies, the applicant must have a valid residency visa.
  • The applicant must be a researcher and must have a valid residence permit.
  • The applicant must have a valid skilled worker’s residency permit.

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