What are the requirements to apply for Norway Job Seeker Visa
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You must normally have received a job offer in Norway before you can apply for a residence permit for work purposes. If you are a skilled worker, you may in some exceptional cases get a residence permit to stay in Norway while you look for work.
- You must pay an application fee.
- You must be a job seeker and look for employment as a skilled worker in Norway. The work cannot be as a religious leader/teacher or an ethnic cook.
- You must fulfill one of these requirements:
- You must have a residence permit as a student at University College or university, the student at a vocational school or student at upper secondary school, and apply for a residence permit as a job seeker before your permit expires. You must have completed your degree/education in Norway.
- You must have a residence permit for additional education in order for your education to be recognised in Norway, and apply for a residence permit as a job seeker before your permit expires. Your education must have been recognized, or be about to be recognized.
- You must have a residence permit as a researcher with own funds and apply before this permit expires.
- You must have a residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway for being a researcher at a university, university college or research institute. You must apply before this permit expires.
- You must have enough money to live on during the period you intend to stay in Norway. You must have at least NOK 20 248 per month, i.e. NOK 242 966 per year. This must be your own money, and must normally be in a Norwegian bank account. If you have a job offer in Norway while you are searching for a relevant skilled job, the income from this job can be included in this sum.
Requirements relating to your education/qualifications
You must have one of the following types of education/qualifications
a completed vocational training programme of at least three years at upper secondary school level, for example as a carpenter or health worker. There must be a corresponding vocational training programme in Norway.
Completed education or degree from a university/ university college, for example, a bachelor’s degree as an engineer or nurse
Special qualifications that you have obtained through long work experience, if relevant in combination with courses etc. A permit is only granted in such cases in exceptional circumstances. Your qualifications must be equivalent to those of someone who has completed vocational training.
Rights and obligations
You can work full-time or part-time while you look for relevant employment as a skilled worker, including in jobs that do not require skilled workers.
You can be granted a residence permit for a maximum of one year.
The period you have this residence permit does not count if you later wish to apply for a permanent residence permit.
If your family members already have a family immigration permit and are living with you in Norway, they can apply to renew their permit. If your family members apply at the same time as you, you will receive the answer to your applications at the same time.