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Oslo - Employment

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The Norwegian Government has an open policy on the working of foreign nationals in the country. Oslo has a fairly large expatriate population employed in different sectors of its economy. The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration, or NAV, is the governing authority on matters pertaining to employment in Oslo. For complete information on the rules and regulations regarding employment of foreign nationals in Oslo, refer to www.nav.no

The National Insurance Scheme run by the NAV is open to all residents of Oslo, including expatriates who have lived in the city for 12 months or intend to stay for at least 12 months when they arrive. Residents staying for less than 12 months in Oslo but associated with the city and country may apply for membership to the insurance scheme.

A membership to the insurance scheme entails an insurance contribution from the individual, which in turn depends on your tax liability in Norway. For details, refer to www.nav.no/page?id=7262. The national insurance plan does not apply, however, once expatriates leave Oslo for another country. All other social benefits except the retirement pension also stand withdrawn when foreign nationals move out of Norway. To withdraw the pension amount, foreign nationals would have to be members of the national insurance plan for at least three years after the age of 16.

Your search for a job in Oslo can start with the NAV, a rich source of information on employment opportunities in Oslo. It proffers valuable advice like applying for vacancies, and on working and living conditions in the city.

The European Employment Services (EURES) also maintains a database of job opportunities in Oslo/Norway, see ec.europa.eu for details.

A Service Centre for foreign workers run by the NAV in association with the Norwegian police, the Directorate of Immigration, the tax directorate and the Labour Inspection department is located in Toyen, Oslo. It helps expatriates in Oslo arrange their work and residence permits, tax deduction cards, personal identification number and enrolment in the Norwegian Population Register.

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