Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (Norec) participant

Requirements of the employee

Requirements relating to the employment relationship

  • You must be a participant hired by a Norwegian partner of the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (Norec) (external website).
  • You must have received a concrete offer of full-time employment from one specific employer in Norway.
  • You must have a place to live.
  • You must receive pay in accordance with the statutes of the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (Norec).
  • The pay you receive must be enough to live on in Norway, and you must have a place to live. If you receive low pay, the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (Norec) must cover your board and lodging, as well as your return ticket. 

Rights and obligations

  • If you are to change jobs or employers, you must apply for a new permit.
  • You can be granted a permit for one year at a time, for a total of maximum four years.
  • The period you have this permit does not count if you later wish to apply for a permanent residence permit. 
  • Your spouse or cohabitant and children can usually apply to come and live with you in Norway. If your family members apply at the same time as you, you will receive the answer to your applications at the same time.