Skilled worker with an employer in Norway

Requirements of the employee

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.

Requirements relating to the employment relationship

  • You must have received a concrete job offer from one specific employer in Norway.
  • The job must normally be full-time. If you have been offered at least an 80 percent position, we will accept this. 
  • The job you are offered must require qualifications as a skilled worker. You must have the qualifications that the job requires.
  • The pay and working conditions must not be poorer than is normal in Norway.

Special requirements

Rights and obligations 

  • The duration of the residence permit you are able to get depends on the position you have been offered:
    • If the position requires that you have completed a vocational training programme at upper secondary school level, you can get a residence permit for up to one year at a time.
    • If the position requires that you have completed an education or degree from a university/ university college, you can normally get a residence permit for up to three years at a time. If we need to check more frequently that you still fulfil the requirements, for example because you are going to work through a staffing agency, you will only be able to get a residence permit for up to one year at a time.
  • After three years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit in Norway.
  • Your family 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. 
  • If you are later going to change employers, but work in the same type of position, you do not need to apply for a new residence permit.
  • If you are later going to start in a new type of position you must apply for a new residence permit, no matter if you are staying with the same employer or changing employers. You can not start in a new type of position until you have been given a new residence permit. 

Due to the corona situation, the rules on layoffs, unemployment and job change have changed.

For those who are laid off or have lost their jobs, you can read about them here.