Russian cross-border workers

Requirements of the employee

  • You must pay an application fee.
  • You must be a Russian citizen.
  • You must have lived in the Barents region for at least one year and continue to be living there. The Barents region consists of Murmansk Oblast, the Republic of Karelia, Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

 Requirements relating to the employment relationship

  • You must have received a concrete offer of part-time work (maximum 80% of a full-time position) in Northern Norway (Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties).
  • You must normally work for one specific employer.
  • Your employer must obtain confirmation from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) that it is not possible to recruit enough workers from Norway or the EEA to perform the job.
  • The pay and working conditions must not be poorer than is normal in Norway.

Rights and obligations

  • You must apply for a new permit if you are to change jobs or employers.
  • You can be granted a permit for one year at a time.
  • 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.