Work in Norway: Although studying in Norway is free for all, living in Norway is proportionally expensive. Therefore students need some extra cash to afford their living in Norway. International students can work in Norway; however, Non-EU students are not allowed to do work for unlimited hours. There is, in fact, a policy with limited hours for these international students to work in Norway.
Many international students hold part-time jobs when studying in Norway. It is a good way to learn and practice your Norwegian, and increase your budget. You should, however, be aware that there are restrictions on how much you can work besides being a full-time student.
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Generally, a student residence permit does not cover the right to take employment in Norway. However, if you are granted a study permit, you are automatically also granted permission to work part-time.
Work While Studying in Norway
International students require a residence permit to stay in Norway for the completion of their degree program. After getting your Student Residence Permit you will be also be granted a part-time work permit which allows you to work while studying in Norway for up to 20 hours a week, which will help you to earn some bucks to cover your expenses and increase your budget as there are no tuition fees in Norwegian Public Universities but, it’s a fact that cost of living is quite expensive compared to other European countries.
Significance of Norwegian Language
On the other hand, it is quite difficult to find a part-time job in Norway because of the language barrier, although Norwegian English skills are good enough and some jobs will prefer employees with a certain level of Norwegian Language, most of them require certain proficiency in the Norwegian language, that’s why it is advisable to learn the Norwegian language as soon as possible.
Non-EU students can work up to 20 hours a week. The work permit, however, will not be automatically renewed when renewing your Student Residence Permit. Satisfactory progress is required to renew your work permit which will be proved by a progress report provided by your institution.
How to Get a Work Visa in Norway
You can apply for a work visa application form through the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website, or you can visit and get further information from Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad.
The Norwegian work visa fee is around NOK 3,500 which is around PKR 64,750. The documents required for application are.
- Valid passport
- Complete the application and checklist of documents provided
- Paid application fee receipt
- Details of qualification
- Job confirmation letter
- Proof of your residence in Norway
In some conditions, you also need to explain your proposed working situation and current condition, e.g. you’ll work less than full-time or for more than one employer.