Easier for EU citizens to work in Norway

As from January 1 2008, workers from most of the new EU countries can start working as soon as they have submitted an accurately filled application for a work permit.

As from January 1 2008, workers from most of the new EU countries can start working as soon as they have submitted an accurately filled application for a work permit.

Until now, persons seeking employment from the new EU countries had to wait for their work permit before they can start working in Norway. From 2008, workers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia - who are applying for work permit in accordance to the EEA regulations - can start working as soon as they have submitted application to the immigration authorities. This assumes that, the applicant submits an accurately filled application (with all the requested documents enclosed), that the requirements for full time work and wages must be in accordance with the relevant collective agreement or otherwise normal for the place and occupation involved. Upon submission of the application, the applicant will be given a document which shows that he/she can work in Norway.

The application will be processed by the police or the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the decision will be sent to the applicant. The applicant whose application is rejected will have the possibility of appealing against the decision. The UDI may overturn the decision and grant the requested permit. If the UDI upholds the decision, the case is sent on to the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) for new consideration.

 

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