On a general note, NON-EU nationals needs a work- and residence permit to Norway to be able to
come to Norway for work. There is some excemptions to the requirements for work- and residence
permits if the contract or assignment is for less than 3 months, however this will depend on your
profession and working tasks. You can reach out to ECOVIS here for consultation to see if a work- and
residence permit is needed for your assignment in Norway.
To be able to obtain a work- and residence permit to Norway, you need to have a valid work offer
from a Norwegian company. You can either by directly hired by the Norwegian company or you can
work on an assignment for either the Norwegian branch of your employer abroad or a Norwegian
client of your employer abroad.
To be able to qualify for a work- and residence permit you need to fulfill one of the requirements
- Completed an education or degree at a university or university college
- Completed a vocational programme at upper secondary chool level
- Show documentation that you have relevant experience by providing detailed reference
letters from previous and present employers. Normally, you would need to provide reference
letters at least 8 years back in time to be considered skilled worker by UDI (Directorate of
In addition to the above, UDI has set rules when it comes to pay and working conditions in Norway.
For those holding bachelor degrees, you need to be paid at least NOK417 900 per year pre tax.
For those holding a master’s degree, you need to be paid at least NOK449 900 per year pre tax.
More information about pay and working conditions can be found here:
With a power of attorney, ECOVIS can assist with submitting applications for work- and residence
permits on behalf of our clients. We will be able to digitally submit applications directly to UDI for
processing. Once your application is approved, you will need to visit a local police office to get your
permit effectuated and apply for a residence card. ECOVIS will assist with this as well in order to
make you ready for work in Norway. Reach out to ECOVIS here to find out how we can advice and
assist you or your employer with this process.
ECOVIS is a leading global consulting firm with its origins in Continental Europe with over 9000
employees in 80 countries. In Norway, ECOVIS assists international companies with compliance and
global mobility, from company registration through work permit application, legal advice, house
finding, VAT returns, tax advisory, accounting to annual tax declerations.