Job Searching in Norway for international students

Practical information for international students on how to search for jobs in Norway.

WORK IN NORWAY - a guide for international students

WORK PERMIT

  • When you are granted your first-time residence permit as a student, you are also granted a part-time work permit automatically
  • This permit allows you to work up to 20 hours per week, and engage in fulltime employment during ordinary holidays
  • The permit is not specified with respect to the type of employment and it is permitted to have several employers, You don´t need to document that you have a contract
  • When you apply for a renewal of your student permit, the part time work permit is not automatically renewed. In order to get it renewed, you need to enclose a statement from your education provider stating whether work will be a disadvantage to the progress of your studies
  • EU/EEA/EFTA nationals have the right to take up to 50% employment. Any accompanying family member is granted a general permit to take employment
  • For further information about permits please visit www.udi.no or call the Information Service in UDI (OTS).

SNAKKER DU NORSK?

Most of the employers in Norway will require a good command of Norwegian when you are applying for a job. However, it may be possible to find part-time, mostly unqualified jobs, where Norwegian skills are not a prerequisite:

  • Cafes/Bars/Restaurants, Hotels, Cleaning agencies
  • Production/Industry/Warehouses
  • Paper route/Advertisement distribution
  • Souvenir shops, Tourist guide,
  • International companies with English as working language

JOB SEARCHING PROCESS

If you are planning to stay in Norway for more than 6 months you will be given a personal identification number (fødselsnummer in Norwegian) by the Norwegian Tax Administration. Meet in person at your local tax office where they will register you as a resident in Norway.

If your stay is shorter than 6 months, you will be given a D-number.

Once you have got your ID-number, you can open a bank account. Meanwhile you should apply for jobs. Search through the ads in the local newspapers, print out copies of your CV and an open application letter and give them out to potential employers directly.

When you receive a job-offer, you can go on applying for a tax card. Hand in the tax deduction card or free tax card* to your employer

*Free tax card: apply for this card if you are not planning on earning more than 39.950,- NOK per year (in 2013).

NB! Do not start the process of opening a bank account and applying for a tax card at the same time. You will then end up with two ID-numbers!

WHERE TO SEARCH FOR JOBS?

  • www.nav.no
  • www.finn.no
  • www.deltidsjobb.no
  • www.manpower.no
  • www.adecco.no
  • www.jobzone.no
  • www.kellyservices.no

Search through the ads in the local newspapers, print out copies of your CV and an open application letter and give them out to potential employers directly.

You are of course welcome to visit us at the Career Centre and look for job postings on our ad boards. Our office is in the 3rd floor of the Student Centre (above the swimming pool) and visiting hours are 09-15.30 Monday to Friday.  You can also contact us at 55545290 or Karrieresenteret@sib.no

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Three elements in a successful job search:

BE PROACTIVE, CREATIVE and LEARN NORWEGIAN!