Seasonal workers who are not able to return to their home country


Suppose you cannot return to your home country after you have had a residence permit as a seasonal worker in Norway due to coronary restrictions. In that case, you can apply for a new residence permit.

Published: 23.02.2021 - Last changed: 25.02.2021

You can get a new residence permit as a seasonal worker if there are long-term obstacles to returning to your home country due to the corona situation. There must be entry restrictions in your country and no flights to your home country.

This mainly applies to the following countries:

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

You cannot get a new residence permit if you come from a country with short-term return problems. For example, you will not receive a new residence permit due to expensive airline tickets, a few cancelled flights, or a quarantine obligation on arrival.

Requirements for obtaining a new residence permit as a seasonal worker

  • There are obstacles, as described above, to returning to your home country.
  • You must have had a residence permit as a seasonal worker in 2020.
  • You must have a job offer as a seasonal worker in Norway with full-time work and with Norwegian pay and working conditions.
  • You must have a place to live in Norway.

If your permit has expired now, you cannot start working until granted a new permit.

Duration of the residence permit

You can get a residence permit for up to 6 months, but no longer than to 30 September 2021. If your work offer is less than 6 months, your residence permit will be valid until your work offer is completed.

Your permit is valid from the day you receive a residence permit (the date the UDI makes a decision in the case).

The employer must apply for the residence permit on your behalf

It is your employer who must apply for this permit for you. You must give him/her your power of attorney. The employer must confirm that you are still staying in Norway. You do not have to show up at the police station to apply.

Information for the employer who is to apply on behalf of seasonal workers

How to apply as an employer for a new residence permit for a seasonal worker who is not allowed to return home:

You (the employer) must submit these documents as the police inform you:

Awaiting response to application for renewal

Suppose you or your employer has applied for renewal of your residence permit as a seasonal worker to which you have not yet received an answer and are prevented from returning to your home country as described above. In that case, the UDI can process the application in accordance with the new provision.

Your employer does not have to reapply, but he/she must submit a statement that you are still in Norway. If there are changes in the job offer from what was submitted with the application, your employer must also submit a new job offer form.

Forms for employer:

You can read how to upload and send in additional documents here.

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