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Visa Requirements for Oslo

Expats moving to Oslo find themselves in Norway’s cultural and financial center, its metropolitan heart, so to speak. With its close proximity to hills and forests, the city shows you the best of two worlds. Learn more about Oslo, its districts, visa requirements, and public transport!
While a skilled workers visa may not get you into the royal palace, it allows you to work legally in Oslo.

How to Get a Skilled Workers Visa

Expats who plan on moving to Oslo on a skilled workers visa need to provide proof of a specialist training which corresponds to a Norwegian upper secondary education level. As an alternative, you may also submit a craft certificate, a university degree or another proof of special qualifications. However, in order to apply on the basis of special qualifications, you need professional experience in combination with further professional training. Unfortunately, a skilled workers visa is rarely granted on these grounds.

A written offer of employment is essential for a successful visa application. This needs to contain information on your position within the company, on your salary and on the number of working hours per week. Your pay as well as the working conditions may not be worse than those agreed upon by the respective industry in Norway.

The Application Process

Contact a Norwegian embassy or consulate in order to apply for a skilled workers visa. You are permitted to apply directly from Oslo if you have held a different type of residence permit for the preceding nine months or if you have skilled worker qualifications. To do so, however, you need to be a legal resident of Norway.

In order to apply for a skilled workers visa, you need to provide the following documents:

  • a copy of your passport
  • a passport photo
  • a written offer of employment
  • employer Information from the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities
  • documentation of your education and work experience
  • CV
  • information on where you will be staying
  • proof that you have paid the application fee

Most expats can file their visa application online. You will automatically receive an appointment to visit the embassy and hand in your paperwork. Are you about to go through the application process the old-fashioned way? In that case, you need to contact the embassy for an appointment. Refer to this list of Norwegian embassies and consulates to figure out which embassy or consulate is located closest to you.

Registration of Residence

As soon as your move to Oslo is completed, you need to contact the National Population Register (Folkeregisteret), which is run by the Norwegian Tax Administration. The office in Oslo is located at Schweigaards gate 17. There, you will receive your personal ID number (Personnummer) as soon as you have registered your place of residence. This ID number is important when you get ready to do your taxes or plan to open a bank account. In order to register, you need to provide the following documents:

  • your passport
  • your residence permit
  • a completed form “Notification of your Move to Norway from Abroad”


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David Hicks

"Thanks to my network on InterNations, I already had some contact persons to ask for support on coming to Oslo. "

Amelie Barreau

"Enjoying the great spirit of our InterNations’ Oslo Community for the last few months, I am absolutely convinced of the vision to bring people from different nations together."

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