Who are eligible for a residence permit as a trainee?
In order to be granted a residence permit as a trainee
- You can not have completed your vocational training. If you have already completed your vocational training, you must apply for a permit as a skilled worker.
- You must complete the trainee stay in Norway before or during your education.The trainee work must be relevant to your vocational training and be of significant importance to your competence.
- you must have turned 15 and have your parents’ consent if you are between the ages of 15 and 18.
It must also be probable that you will return to your home country when your residence permit expires, and circumstances in your home country must also indicate that you will be able to return.
Employment offer requirements
- You must have received a concrete offer of employment. The offer of employment is concrete if it contains a description of your tasks, the number of hours a week you will be working, your monthly pay, and how long you will be working for.
- You must be paid in accordance with the applicable collective wage agreement or pay scale, or what is normal for the occupation concerned. If there is no collective wage agreement for the occupation in question, yout pay must not be poorer than is normal for the occupation and place concerned. Your employer is obliged to document the applicable collective agreement, pay scale or normal pay for the occupation and place in question. The pay must be sufficient to guarantee that the subsistence requirement is met, but a grant can replace wages in full or in part.
- As a rule, the employment must concern full-time work.
- You must be guaranteed accommodation during the period that the application covers.
- You can only have one employer.
How to apply
Check where to hand in your application
- If you are outside Norway you hand in your application at a Norwegian embassy or consulate in your home country or the country where you have held a residence permit for the last six months. In some countries you will hand in the application at the Swedish or Danish embassy instead. Check here where to hand in the application.
- If you are in Norway, you can apply from here if you have held another type of permit for the past nine months. Learn more about who can apply from Norway
Find out if you should apply online
You should register your application online if you apply from Norway or through a Norwegian embassy. You cannot register your application online if you hand in the application at a Swedish or Danish embassy.
If you hand in the application at a Swedish or Danish embassy you must fill in a form on paper and hand it in at the embassy. You can find the form here. The form is also used for renewing a permit
What must be enclosed with the application?
Both applicants who register their applications online and those who hand in a paper version need to hand in their passport and other necessary documentation.
- If you apply online, you will at the same time book an appointment for handing in your documents to the police or an embassy. You will not have to wait in line when you turn up for your appointment.
- If are not applying online you need to contact the embassy to find out when to hand in the documents along with the application form.
When you have visited the embassy or police station and handed in your passport and other necessary documentation we will start to process your application.
In addition to the completed application form (online or paper version), you must enclose:
If you have enclosed copies of documents with your application, you must present the original documents when you hand in your application.
How long will it take to process the application?
See the list of the UDI’s expected case processing times here.
Residence card to document your permit
If your application is granted, you must get yourself a residence card. This is a proof that you have the right to live in Norway. You will receive a letter which informs you that you must visit the police to have your fingerprints and photo taken. About ten days later the card will be sent to you by post.
Read more about residence cards
Residence permit during application processing
You may not start working until you have received your permit. However, the police may issue a residence permit during case processing if they expect your application to be granted. This will not be done automatically; you must ask the police for such a permit in person.
The content of the permit
Is the permit renewable?
You can be granted a residence permit as a trainee for a total of two years.
More information about how to renew an application
You can appeal a rejection
Read more about how to appeal a decision on www.udi.no/appeals.
Other possibilities for a residence permit if you are not eligible for a residence permit as a trainee
If you are not eligible for a residence permit as a trainee, you may be eligible for another type of permit.
If you have completed a vocational education, for example, you can apply for a permit as a skilled worker.
If you are to live and work with a Norwegian family, you can apply for a permit as an au pair. The purpose of this scheme is cultural exchange
If you have further questions about this topic, contact your nearest Norwegian embassy or consulate, the nearest police district or the UDI’s Information Service.