Who can be granted a residence permit as a journalist?
To be granted a residence permit pursuant to these rules, you must:
- be a journalist or hold another relevant position with a foreign newspaper, radio or television station, or another media institution
- receive pay from an employer or client abroad
If you are employed by a Norwegian branch of a foreign media institution, you can be granted a permit pursuant to the rules concerning skilled workers.
Who does not need a residence permit?
What requirements apply to the employment relationship?
To be granted a permit as a journalist, you must have received a concrete and relevant offer of employment from a foreign media institution. As a rule, the offer must involve full-time work for one employer.
It is a requirement that you have sufficient financial means during the period for which the application applies. The minimum requirement corresponds to salary grade 1 in the pay scale for Norwegian state employees.
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. You can also apply from Norway if you have skilled worker qualifications. Read about entry visa for skilled workers. You must be in Norway legally, and you cannot be an asylum seeker.
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
You must submit the application yourself
Your employer cannot submit your residence permit application on your behalf, because he/she does not have a registered place of business in Norway.
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 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:
List of documents you must hand in
How long will it take to process the application?
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
The content of the permit
The permit confers the following rights and has the following limitations:
- The permit is granted for one year at a time
- The permit applies to a specific job for a specific employer, i.e. you cannot work in another position than stated in the permit.
- The permit entitles you to travel into and out of Norway for the duration of the permit.
- The permit does not form the basis for a permanent residence permit.
- Family members can apply for residence permits pursuant to the rules for family immigration.
The permit can be renewed
The permit can be renewed provided that the conditions are met.
You can appeal a rejection