Asylum applicants’ entitlement to take employment
While awaiting the processing of your asylum application, you may apply to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) for a permit that allows you to take employment in Norway.
Who may be granted a work permit?
You are not entitled to a work permit, but the UDI may decide to grant you a permit if you:
- have completed the asylum interview
- have submitted a passport or national identity card approved by the UDI
- are not covered by the Dublin procedure
- are above the age of 18
You may be granted a work permit if you are above the age of 15 following the consent of your parents or provisional guardian.
How to apply for work permit?
You can apply for a work permit at your local police station. If you have identity documents you should hand them in at the same place.
Applications submitted to the UDI will not be processed.
You don't have to pay a fee to apply for a work permit while your asylum application is processed.
If your application is rejected, you may not lodge an appeal. The granting or rejection of your application for work permit will not have any impact on your asylum application.
Duration and renewal
The permit is valid for up to six months. If your asylum application is definitely rejected during this period, your work permit is no longer valid. The work permit will terminate at the time of the departure deadline in the final rejection.
If you have not been notified of the final decision before the expiry of your work permit, you may apply for a renewal. You should do this well ahead of the expiry of the permit. One month prior to this date should be sufficient if it is evident that you still fulfill the requirements.