Are you interested in working in Norway? With time, the country has developed into a destination that people from all over the world want to visit and work in. Many people relocate to Norway each year in search of employment and better lives.

For aspiring professionals, you are required to apply for a residency/work permit to enter Norway for employment. Usually, you have to look for work initially. Your level of competence and the kind of work you plan to conduct in Norway will determine what kind of residence permit you should apply for. This piece of writing will discuss how to apply for a Norwegian work visa. It should be quite helpful to you. So, read until the end!

Steps to Apply for a Norwegian Work Visa

We will discuss how international students can apply to Norway for a work visa. To obtain the visa you require to realize your aspirations, there are a few steps you must take, as follows:

Step 1. Complete the Requirements

On the UDI website, the requirements have been set out in detail so that all applicants may understand the submission process based on their citizenship. Some of your documentation, including the employment offer must be attached to your application. All other documents, including scanned copies of your passport or identity card, must be gathered as soon as possible. You may also need to provide the information regarding your stay there. Therefore, prepare all these documents before starting the application process. Depending on where you live, you might also need to prepare a few additional documents.

Step 2. Register on the UDI Website

You must register or join up on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration website if this is your first time applying. You can register through the application site by entering your email address. Once registered, you will be able to start your application. First things first, you have to complete an application with your personal details, academic information, and other relevant information. You have to give accurate descriptions of everything and only present valid information. The entire application will be rejected if any information is missing. Many applications get turned down because necessary paperwork or information is not present. Therefore, carefully complete the form and attach the documents in their correct format.

Step 3. Pay the Application Fee

The application fee may vary yearly and it increases year-wise. As we previously mentioned the amount of work visa application fee is NOK 6,300 or USD 620, set by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. You need to pay this amount for your application to be processed.

Step 4. Prepare for the Interview Appointment

You will be invited to a final interview once the authority has reviewed your documents and application. This is your last opportunity to demonstrate your readiness and suitability for employment in Norway. Unless there is a serious problem identified by the authorities, most applicants who are invited for an interview are not turned down. Therefore, you don’t have to be nervous or worried about the interview. In the interview, the reviewer may like to know your plans, your financial stability, and your reasons for choosing Norway. Thus, prepare yourself by practicing answering general questions that may be asked.

Step 5. Accept the Result

This stage will provide the outcome of your application, which is the result of the entire procedure. The waiting time for the visa result will depend on the type of visa you applied for. Your request for the permit can be granted or it might be rejected with remarks. If you are denied, you should learn from the experience, address the reviewers’ feedback, and reapply. However, if you are accepted, you will be granted permission to enter the country. Now you need to book your tickets and pack your bags to fly.

Documents Needed for Norwegian Work Visa Applications

You need to submit the work visa application form as soon as you have verified that you have been offered a job in Norway and acquired the necessary paperwork. Your passport must be valid, and it is one of the general documents you must submit for your visa application. You also need to include your completed visa application form, two recent passport photos, accommodation, proof of no criminal record, medical insurance, and personal documentation. Above all, for the authority to grant authorization to accept you as a legitimate visitor, satisfactory proof of a job offer must be presented.

Additional documents may be required depending on the type of work. Skilled workers, athletes/coaches, intra-company transfer workers, religious leaders, and self-employed applicants all have a different set of requirements to submit. Learn more about the specific requirements, by going over this link. Fill out the necessary information to get the specific requirements.

Securing a residence permit to work facilitates your work visa application to enter Norway. However, note that it is issued per employment type or position. If you’re going to change employers but work in the same position, you don’t need a new residence permit. But if you’re starting a new position, a new residence permit is necessary.

Each permit’s validity depends on the position offered to you. It can be valid for one year up to three years at a time. After three continuous years of working in Norway, you may apply for a permanent residence permit.

Lastly, if you wish to bring your family with you to Norway, you can review the family reunification guidelines. If you all apply at the same time, you will usually receive a response at the same time as well.

Visa Application Fee for a Norwegian Work Visa

In general, individuals who are not citizens of the European Union (EU) who wish to work in Norway must get a work permit. A certain amount must be paid while you are applying for a work visa. The normal application cost for a work residence visa is set by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in 2024 at NOK 6,300 or about USD 620. The kind of permit you apply for will be determined by the duration of your stay, the nature of the employment, and your professional qualifications. Depending on the method of payment accepted in your nation, you have two options for making your payment: online or in person.


We hope that this post has made the application process easier for you. It is really simple. When your residence permit is approved, a designated agent will get in touch with you to arrange for the pickup of your visa. Get your visa, then head to Norway to pursue your goals.


Head on over to the Available Programs in Europe for International Students and Study in Norway for more articles and valuable tips!

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