To enter Norway with the intent to live, work, or study, you will need a residence permit. How you get one of these is determined by a complicated set of rules and regulations. Broadly speaking, the award of a residence permit depends on two things: your country of citizenship and your ability to financially sustain yourself and any dependents.
Please note this is a work in progress and there’s lots more information on the way, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back frequently.
Norwegian immigration rules are categorized by whether you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or not.
Even though Norway is not a member of the EU, it is bound by the freedom of movement requirements because of its membership in the EEA. This means if you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you are free to move to Norway. You must register with the Police and you need to be able to support yourself to stay in Norway for longer than six months. Read the full details here.
What about the UK post-Brexit?
The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is likely to have an impact on the rights of British citizens to live and work in Norway. It all depends on the negotiations to come. Read our article summing up the current situation for Brits in Norway.
All other citizens
If you are a citizen of any other country, you generally need a firm job offer before moving to Norway. There are many exceptions, ifs and buts, and much depends in which country you were born. I get lots of emails from Americans with Norwegian heritage who have been told they can just rock up to the border and get a passport, but I’m sorry to tell you folks it makes no real difference if your great-great-grandfather was born here, the same immigration rules apply to you.
Moving to Norway as a non-EEA citizen is a complex matter and digging into the rules relating to your specific circumstances is required. Read the full details here.