You must normally have received a job offer in Norway before you can apply for a residence permit for work purposes. If you are a skilled worker, you may in some exceptional cases get a residence permit to stay in Norway while you look for work.
You must look for employment as a skilled worker. The work cannot be as a religious leader/teacher or an ethnic cook.
You must have sufficient money to live on while you stay in Norway. You must have at least NOK 20 248 per month, a total of NOK 121 483 for six months. This must be your own money, and must normally be in a Norwegian bank account.
You can be granted a residence permit for a maximum of six months at a time. The six months are counted from the day you entered Norway. You must live outside Norway for one year before you can apply for a new residence permit as a job seeker.
The period you have this permit does not count if you later wish to apply for a permanent residence permit.
Your family members cannot apply for a family immigration permit to come and live with you in Norway.
You must have enough money to live on during the period you intend to stay in Norway. You must have at least NOK 20 248 per month, i.e. NOK 242 966 per year. This must be your own money, and must normally be in a Norwegian bank account. If you have a job offer in Norway while you are searching for a relevant skilled job, the income from this job can be included in this sum.
Requirements relating to your education/qualifications
You must have one of the following types of education/qualifications
a completed vocational training programme of at least three years at upper secondary school level, for example as a carpenter or health worker. There must be a corresponding vocational training programme in Norway.
completed education or degree from a university/ university college, for example a bachelor's degree as an engineer or nurse
special qualifications that you have obtained through long work experience, if relevant in combination with courses etc. A permit is only granted in such cases in exceptional circumstances. Your qualifications must be equivalent to those of someone who has completed vocational training.
Rights and obligations
You can work full-time or part-time while you look for relevant employment as a skilled worker, including in jobs that do not require skilled workers.
You can be granted a residence permit for a maximum of one year.
The period you have this residence permit does not count if you later wish to apply for a permanent residence permit.
If your family members already have a family immigration permit and are living with you in Norway, they can apply to renew their permit. If your family members apply at the same time as you, you will receive the answer to your applications at the same time.