Work and residence permits in Norway

Arbeids- og oppholdstillatelse i Norge
Here you can find information about work and residence permits in Norway for citizens of other Nordic countries and for people with other citizenship.

Nordic citizens

If you are a citizen  in a Nordic country, you may travel freely to Norway to live, study or work without needing a work or residence permit in Norway. You do not need to register with the police when you move to Norway.

However, you must comply with Norwegian regulations regarding registration in the National Population Register, and satisfy the requirements for registration as a resident in Norway.

    Citizens from EU/EEA countries

    If you are not a Nordic citizen, but are a citizen in another EU/EEA country, you may freely travel into Norway and stay in the country for up to three months.

    If you are staying in Norway for longer than three months, you must register. This is irrespective of whether you are planning to work or study, or if you are a family member of someone who lives in Norway. You register with the Police in the municipality where you live. 

    British citizens are no longer EU or EEA citizens. You can find regulations on residence for British citizens after Brexit via the link to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) below. 

    Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA

    If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA, you should contact the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektoratet, UDI) to find out what regulations apply for you. 

    A residence permit in a Nordic country does not automatically entitle you to live in another Nordic country. Check with the Norwegian authorities (Norwegian Directorate of Immigration) if you have a residence permit in another Nordic country but want to move to Norway. 

    The Norwegian authorities do not require a visa for entry to Svalbard, but if you require a visa to enter Norway/the Schengen Area, you must have a visa if you travel via Norway/the Schengen Area on your way to or from Svalbard. It is important to ensure that you have a double-entry visa so that you can return to the Schengen Area (mainland Norway) after your stay on Svalbard.

    Do you want more information about moving to Norway?

    Relevant information about moving to Norway can be found below. 

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    Info Norden is the information service of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Here you can find info and tips if you wish to move, work, study, seek support or start a business in the Nordic region.