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08 Aug 2017
Considering moving to Norway? The best place to start is the UDI.no website, where you can find detailed information about the different types of application as well as which supporting documents you’ll need.
You can apply before you move to Norway, or from within the country if you are currently living on a valid residence permit. Most forms of immigration involve applying for a permanent residence permit, study permit or permanent right of residence.
This allows you to live and work in Norway indefinitely and offers you protection against expulsion from the country.
In most cases, you can apply to live in Norway online. You can usually do this by registering for an account on the UDI.no website and following the instructions online.
After this, you will be automatically offered an appointment to hand over your paperwork at your closest Norwegian embassy. If you cannot apply online, you should contact the embassy for an appointment.
With whatever application, you will need a valid passport for each person who is hoping to move, as well as a range of supporting documents which usually include details of your qualifications, information on where you will be staying and proof that you have paid your application fee.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that the process and requirements are different for each nationality, so before you begin your application you should check for information on a government website or contact your local Norwegian embassy.
Rules and regulations are also updated and changed periodically, so you should check that all of your information is current before you apply.
Family immigration, also known as family reunification or ‘forming a family’, is usually carried out by people who already have a family member in the country and are looking to join them.
This is usually the parent, spouse or child of a person living in Norway, but can also be someone who is planning on marrying a Norwegian resident.
The supporting documents you’ll need to provide differ depending on whether you are applying for family immigration with a spouse, a cohabitant, with children or with other members of your family such as a sibling or parent.
Registration for EU/EEA nationals
All EU and EEA nationals are entitled to work, study and live in Norway; however, if you choose to stay for more than three months, then you must register on the UDI.no website.
You must also either be registered as a student or be able to establish yourself financially within the first six months, although in some circumstances you may be allowed to stay in the country even if this is not the case.
If you would like to move to Norway for work, you must first complete your application for a residence permit, and usually, you will need a confirmed job offer from a company in Norway, including details such as your hourly salary, work hours and position.
The type of permit you need will depend on what type of work you intend to do, but in any case, on arrival in the country, you will need to apply for a personal number through your local police station.