Norwegian authorities have decided that there will no longer be a special type of residence permit for ethnic cooks (chefs who work at a restaurant which offers food from one country only). If you are going to work as a cook in Norway, you will from now on apply for a regular residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway, no matter what kind of restaurant you will be working in.
This rule will apply to you if you hand in the application documents in an application centre, an embassy, at the police or at SUA on the 1 April or later.
After this date, you need to apply for a residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway if you are going to work as a chef in Norway.
If you handed in the application documents before the 1 April, we will process your application by the former rules for getting a residence permit as an ethnic cook.
If you have already got a residence permit as an ethnic cook, you may still apply for a renewal of this after the 1 April. You should apply three months before your current residence permit expires.
In order to get a renewal you need to have the same position, restaurant and employer as the last time you applied. If you get a renewal, you will get a residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway. You may continue to work as a cook in Norway with this permit.
If you have changed your position, restaurant or employer, you need to apply for a residence permit as a skilled worker with employer in Norway instead of applying for a renewal.