Norwegian Immigration

Well, after reading my content on this website about my experience of living in Norway I am sure you are interested in knowing how you can move to Norway and what you have to do to make it happen?

When I lived in Norway, the immigration laws were a lot more relaxed, especially if you lived in the EU or ECC, but recently Norway has introduced more laws and measures to ensure that people are moving to Norway to try and offer something to their society and country and not just move there for an easy life.

So, what will you need in order to move to Norway? The best sources for information that I have found are from http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/ and http://www.norway.org.uk/. Both of these websites contain the information, forms and contact, you will need in order to move to Norway.

I receive many emails per week from people looking to move to Norway and I would recommend that you complete and send in your applications for work and residence permits early, just so you can avoid disappointment if you are refused. Also, when filling out your forms, make sure you try and explain that you have not just “picked Norway at random” to move to and that you are moving to Norway to want to integrate into Norwegian society and become Norwegian.

Having an education will help you move, also if you have a skill that Norway lacks, then again this will aid in your application. Just like any popular country to emigrate to such as Australia or New Zealand, if there is a skill shortage then you will be accepted quicker, so it is worth doing a bit of research first to see if that is the case if you decide to move to Norway.

The best piece of advice I can give you is (and I have repeated this in many pages of this website) LEARN THE LANGUAGE!. Learning Norwegian is vital and also when making your applications, if you tell them that you are trying to learn Norwegian then again, you will score points and have more of a chance to move to the country.

Some people I have spoken to via email have said “I want to move to Norway” and I ask why they have chosen the country. Some of them replied “because it looks nice in pictures I have seen on the internet“. If this is also how you are currently thinking, then you will be in trouble, as video and photos can not prepare you for how you will cope with a different culture. Also, most images and video you see on the internet are the “best bits” of the country, so are not a true reflection of the bulk of the country itself.

So, don’t pick Norway at random from a hat, I would advise that you visit Norway first, on a holiday and see how you feel staying there for a week or two. That way you will get a small feel for the country, although from the view of a tourist (which is never the same as actually living there).

If you can find a job in Norway before you move over there, then that will help as usually a Norwegian employer will help you with your applications and you should then be accepted for residency also. In order to find a job, I would recommend using a job agency, like Adecco or Manpower in your local town (if there is one) and see if they can put you in touch with their branches in Norway. So speak with your local job agencies, check out sources on the net, but remember that without knowing Norwegian, your choice of work will be limited.

You might be thinking “he hasn’t been of much help here“, but I won’t be filling out the forms for you or getting Visas for you. All I can do is show you the door, it’s you that has to walk through it (great Matrix quote there).

Moving For The Right Reasons

I have mentioned this in other areas of this site too, that you must have the right reason to move and make sure you are not making a rash decision as this is a life changing event, that could change how you live forever.

I know that sounds dramatic, but some people give up everything they know in their own country, sell their houses, their possessions, give up their family and friends and start a new life in a new country. But think long and hard about why you want to move, are you running away from something? does the “grass looking greener” over in Norway? have you chosen Norway at random? do you think living in Norway will give your family a better quality of life?

Everyone has their own reasons for moving, mine, was because my ex-Norwegian girlfriend was missing her family and friends and her country and I wanted to try and live in Norway with her and experience everything the country had to offer. Another reason, I thought my life would be better and from what I had heard and saw about the country it sounded a fantastic place to live, much better than my life in the UK…. and at times it was, but also, it was very hard, lonely and a strange place to live at times.

So, my next advice is to have a plan B. Have a back up plan, just in case it doesn’t work out for you. Don’t give everything up in the hope that moving to Norway is the miracle cure to happiness as if it doesn’t work out to how you have dreamt it, then you life will be destroyed and you will limp home and have to start again… just like I did.

I am not trying to put you off here, I just don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I did, so have a read through the other areas of this website and get a feel for what I experienced even though your experience of living in Norway may be totally different to mine.

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