Work - skilled worker: I have a residence permit as a skilled worker and have been laid off. Do I lose my residence permit now, and can I get a new residence permit?

If you are laid off and still have a residence permit

If you have a valid residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway, you do not need to report to UDI or the police if you have been laid off. We do not revoke your residence permit if you have been fully or partially laid off.

You can stay in Norway as long as your residence permit is valid.

The time you are fully or partially laid off does not count if you later apply for a permanent residence permit.

If you are laid off, and your residence permit expires

From 23 June 2020, there are new rules for you who are fully or partially laid off and who have a residence permit that expires.

You can apply for a new residence permit as a skilled worker who has been laid off. Unfortunately, UDI cannot assist you with getting an appointment with the police.

Requirements

  • You must have a residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway.
  • You must have been laid off during the period 12 March to 31 October 2020.
  • You must have enough money to live for in the period you are to have a residence permit. You have at least NOK 20 521 a month. This can be the unemployment benefit you receive from NAV. If you are partially laid off, this may also be your salary.
  • If you are partially laid off, you must work in the percentage of employment that you are not laid off, and the salary and working conditions must not be worse than what is usual in Norway for the percentage of employment you are not laid off.
  • You must pay the application fee for a residence permit for workers to be able to hand in your application. The police will refund this fee to you. If you have questions about the refund of your application fee in your case, you must contact your local police district about it. You cannot call UDI about this.

Rights and duties

This is how you apply

You must choose an application for renewal as a skilled worker.