Information to seasonal workers from countries that are difficult to return to


This information applies to seasonal workers from countries where there are no commercial flights due to the corona situation.

Published: 14.10.2020

This applies to the following countries: 

Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Laos, Madagascar, Myanmar and Vietnam

When you are done working in Norway, you must return to your home country. UDI therefore assesses whether it is probable that you do return home. Due to the corona situation, there are no commercial flights to your home country now. Because of the difficulties of returning, permissions to work in Norway this autumn is not granted to seasonal workers from countries listed above if you apply from abroad.

The UDI has been instructed that applications for residence permits for seasonal workers (for the 2021 season) is not to be set on hold with the UDI until there are changes in air traffic and entry restrictions to the countries in question. You can read more about the instructions from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs here; Instructions on processing applications for seasonal permits from citizens of countries that are difficult to return to during the covid-19 pandemic (external website)

This means that applications for residence permits for seasonal workers from these countries will be rejected because the return conditions have not been met due to practical obstacles connected with the pandemic.

You can withdraw your application.

Suppose you have already applied from abroad and have not yet received an answer. In that case, you can withdraw your application. 

If you want to withdraw your application, you or your representative must send a signed letter to UDI requesting the application be dropped. The letter can be uploaded on our website.

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