Information for employers: Employing someone who is not an EU/EEA national
Here you can find information about what you as an employer need to think about when employing a worker who is a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA.
Hiring someone who wishes to move to Norway
Employing someone who already lives in Norway
- Foreign nationals who are going to work in Norway normally need a residence permit. Foreign nationals can be granted a residence permit in Norway on grounds of, for example, labour immigration, protection (asylum) and family immigration.
- It is your responsibility as employer to check that foreign employees have a valid residence permit.
- You can check whether the worker has a residence permit by asking him or her to show you his or her residence card. The residence card states what type of residence permit the worker has.
- Some types of residence permits entitle their holder to work in any type of job, for example a residence permit for family immigration, a permanent residence permit.
- People who came to Norway as labour immigrants often have a residence permit that specifies that they have to work in one specific job for one specific employer. In such case, this will be stated on the residence card (e.g. 'nurse at Ullevål University Hospital'). If the person you wish to employ has a permit of this type, he or she must obtain a new residence permit before he or she can start working for you.
- Some asylum seekers who are waiting for their applications to be decided are permitted to work. In such case, they will have a letter stating this.
- You can also contact the UDI's employer service to check whether the person has the right type of permit.
- Employers who employ foreign workers who do not have the right type of residence permit can be punished by fines or imprisonment.
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