Early employment start


Normally, work immigrants from countries outside the EU/EEA cannot start working until they have been granted a residence permit. However, they can start working if they have received a confirmation from the police (early employment start).

Requirements for being granted early employment start

  • An application for a residence permit for skilled workers with an employer in Norway must have been submitted with all necessary documents.
  • The employee must as a minimum have completed a three-year education from a university/university college, for example a three-year Bachelor degree.
  • The worker cannot have applied for a residence permit as a religious leader/teacher or an ethnic cook.

This is what you need to do

If the employer submits the application for a residence permit on behalf of the worker 

  1. The employer must have a written power-of-attorney (pdf, 677 kB) from the employee, and show the power-of-attorney when he or she hands in the application for a residence permit to the police.
  2. The employer must ask for early employment start when they hand in the application for a residence permit to the police.
  3. The police can then issue a confirmation that the employee can work for this employer until their application for a residence permit has been decided (confirmation of early employment start). The worker cannot change employers.
  4. If the employee needs a visa to enter Norway, he or she can get this at a Norwegian embassy. The employee must show the confirmation of early employment start at the Norwegian embassy. If the employee lives in a country where a Swedish or Danish embassy represents Norwegian authorities, he or she must contact a Norwegian embassy in a country where Norwegian authorities are not represented by a Swedish or Danish embassy. Please see our overview of embassies in order to check if the embassy is Norwegian or not.
  5. The worker must show their passport to the police no later than seven days after their arrival in Norway.  

If the worker submits the application for a residence permit themself 

 

It is not possible to ask for early employment if you hand in the application for a residence permit at an embassy.

  1. The worker must ask for early employment start when they hand in the application for a residence permit to the police.
  2. The police can then give a confirmation that they can work for this employer until their application for a residence permit has been decided. The worker cannot change employers.

Please note! After the police have sent the application to the UDI for processing, it is not possible to get a confirmation of early employment.