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Norway is not a member of the European Union (EU) but does belong to the European Economic Area or EEA (EØS). The EEA is a combination of EU states and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states. Citizens of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden) can enter Norway without a passport or visa and they do not need a residence or work permit. Depending on your nationality, there are some actions you must take before you go to Norway and some as soon as possible once you have arrived.

The requirements for visas and residence permits in Norway depend on the country you are a citizen of and on the agreements your country might have with Norway. As the rules vary depending on your status (relocation on an international agreement or a local contract, for instance), you will need to check with the personnel department in your company.
The personnel department will be involved in organising a residence and work permit, if this is required in your particular case. It can also be useful to check with the Norwegian Embassy or Consulate in the country you come from before you move to Norway.
In many cases it is required that immigrants apply for a visa from outside of Norway and then produce the completed paperwork when they enter the country.  For more details about what applies to you, contact the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration at:

  • Utlendingsdirektoratet (UDI)
    Hausmannsg. 21
    Tel: + 47 (23) 35 15 00/+ 47 (23) 35 1600 (info. 9-14)
    The UDI web site shows a list of countries that Norway has an agreement with on visa-free entry. Citizens from other countries should contact their nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate or the UDI to check whether they need a visa for entry.
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