A Guide To Moving To Norway (Visa Matters)
September 5, 2020
Norway is a paradise of a country, and one of the best places in the world to find employment. Are you thinking of moving to Norway? Let’s have a look at what you need to do to get settled in Norway.
How To Get A Norwegian Residence Permit
It depends on two things: a) your country of citizenship, and b) your ability to sustain your finances.
As a rule of thumb, for Nordic and EU citizens, is not very hard to obtain the permit to work in Norway.
It is also possible to move to Norway as a job seeker, but there’s a time limit as to how long can you look for a job before having to actually leave the country.
The most important local authority, in this case, is the Norwegian Department of Immigration (UDI), which schedules appointments online.
Immigration To Norway For EU Citizens
If you are moving to Norway as a citizen of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, or Sweden, immigrating to Norway is rather easy.
As a EU citizen, you’re allowed to stay for 6 months seeking employment. If you have not found a job in those 6 months, you’re not allow in Norway anymore, and you have to leave the country.
It does seem, however, that you could come back immediately and restart the 6 month period again.
Immigration To Norway For Non EU Citizens
For non-EU citizens, the most important thing is to first get a permanent job offer.
This will then allow you to start the process to request a visa to stay and work in Norway.
These working positions will need to be above a certain minimum salary to be considered for the “skilled work visa”, which should allow you to bring your partner and children with you.
If the position requires a Bachelor degree, your salary will need to be over 397,100 NOK/year.
For Master degree positions it will need to be above 428,200 NOK/year.
Free Resources To Learn Norwegian
While Norwegians overwhelmingly speak English, learning Norwegian is not only a great show of respect towards locals but also a requirement to obtain a permanent visa for Norway.
Duolingo For Norwegian
Duolingo is probably the single best way to learn English as a foreigner. It’s free and bring you from 0 to fluent within a short period of time.