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Whether you want to come to Kristiansand for temporary work or a more permanent settlement, there are wide range of things which should be kept in mind when planning a move. This guide is meant to provide a helpful overview to the most important information you as a foreigner must take when moving to Norway. This guide is meant for individuals and families moving. If you are looking for the guide to doing business in Norway, please see [here]. Please keep in mind that this is only tips; for the full rules please see the Government organs' own websites. As a worker for a Norwegian company on Norwegian soil, you have all the same rights as any other Norwegian worker. You are automatically part of the Social Insurance Scheme (NAV), and have the same rights and obligations regarding salary, HSE and taxes.

Nordic citizens

As a citizen of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Faeroe Islands or Iceland, you have free entry to Norway under the Nordic Passport Union, which allows for unrestricted travel between the countries without the need for a passport (this does not include Greenland and Svalbard). 

Nordic citizens do not need visa or residency permit to stay in Norway, however you will still need to register your move to the Norwegian authorities. This can be done at the local tax office, Skatt Sør Kristiansand, address Kjøita 42, 4630 Kristiansand S, or through their webpages here. Please see this site for the full list of documents needed. If you want to work in Norway, you must apply for a tax deduction card. This is also done from the local tax office or online. The tax deduction card will also provide you with a Norwegian ID number, which you will need for opening a Norwegian bank account. 

You become part of the Norwegian public health insurance scheme, NAV, on your first day of work, or after having stayed in Norway legally for 12 consecutive months. If you are not a member of NAV, you have no public insurance, however, you still have an inherit right to medical assistance in case of acute illness. 

EU / EEA citizens

As a EU/EEA citizen, you can enter and stay in Norway visa-free for up to 90 days. However, if you wish to work in the country you will have to register your residence as well as apply for a work permit. To get a work permit, you will need to bring with you the employment certificate or employment offer from a Norwegian form. However, you will need to register your residence as well as apply for a work permit. If you are not employed yet, see [this page] on how to find and apply for jobs in Norway. 

You must also apply for a tax deduction card and Norwegian ID or D-number. Your new ID/D-number will be written on your tax deduction card, and is required for opening a bank account in a Norwegian bank. This can be done at the local tax office, Skatt Sør Kristiansand, address Kjøita 42, 4630 Kristiansand S, or through their webpages here. Please see this site for the full list of documents needed.

You must update the Norwegian Tax Administration on where you are living, as this is the address to which you will receive any official post.

Non EU / EEA citizens

As a non-EU/EEA citizen, you must already have a job offer ready when applying for a work visa to come to Norway. You can start by looking for jobs here: (nav/EURES). See our page on job searching for more info on how to find a job in Kristiansand.

Once you have gotten a job offer, you can apply for a temporary residence permit for work. Whether you plan on staying for a short period of time or permanently, you are required to apply for and have a temporary permit for at least three years before you can apply for a permanent residence permit. If you are planning to work for three months or less, you may be exempt from needing a residence permit. This only applies to a few situations. You can see which ones here:

Once you have acquired a residence permit, you can apply for a work immigration visa. 

You must also apply for a tax deduction card and Norwegian ID or D-number. Your new ID/D-number will be written on your tax deduction card, and is required for opening a bank account in a Norwegian bank. This can be done at the local tax office, Skatt Sør Kristiansand, address Kjøita 42, 4630 Kristiansand S, or through their webpages here. Please see this site for the full list of documents needed.

You must update the Norwegian Tax Administration on where you are living, as this is the address to which you will receive any official post.

If you work in Norway on behalf of a foreign employer

As an international worker doing a job for your foreign employer in Norway, there are three things to keep in mind:

  • While on Norwegian soil you have the same labour rights as any Norwegian worker
  • You pay taxes as normal
  • You will remain under the social security system of your country of residence for up to 24 months. 

 

Important links and addresses

Utenriksdirektoratet UDI (The Norwegian directorate of immigration)

The police station
Kristiansand politistasjon, Tollbodgata 45, 4614 Kristiansand
Monday - Friday  08:30am(08:30) to 3pm(15:00)

Skatteetaten (the tax office)
Skatt Sør, Kjøita 42, 4630 Kristiansand
Monday - Friday  9am(9:00) to 3pm(15:00)

NAV (The Norwegian labour and welfare administration)
NAV Kristiansand, Gyldenløves gate 23, 4611 Kristiansand S
Monday - Friday 10am(10:00) to 2pm(14:00)

Ny I Norge (New to Norway - helpful site with both legal and informal information about coming to and staying in Norway)

Work in Norway (the official guide to legal rules for workers or businesses wanting to do business accross Norwegian borders)