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Registration, Permits & Other Documentation

Oslo - Registration, Permits & Other Documentation

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A residence and work permit for expatriates in Oslo is approved by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. The permits have to be renewed every year with the local police. A stay of three years in Oslo/Norway entitles the foreign national the right to seek a settlement permit for a fee. One can apply for citizenship after residing in Oslo/Norway for seven years.

The UDI website may be visited for complete information here.

A Service Centre for Foreign Workers operates in Oslo. It offers invaluable services in helping expatriates in Oslo apply for residence and work permits, tax deduction cards etc. For details, see www.sua.no/eng.html

You may also contact your local police station if you are already in Oslo regarding application processes. The address is: Grønland politistasjon, Grønlandsleiret 44, N-0190 Oslo. Tel.: +47 22 66 90 50.

Driving License

Expatriates from any of the European Union or the European Economic Area countries, may drive around in Oslo without getting their driving licenses validated till the date it lapses in its home country. A license which was issued for heavy vehicles is however valid only for 10 years in Oslo/Norway.

Expatriates from the following countries may use their driving license for a year in Oslo/Norway:

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaia, Canada, the Czech republic, Chile, China, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Rumania, Russia, San Mario, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet states.

The driving test must be completed within a year of their arrival in Oslo/Norway. Driving lessons are mandatory for expatriates before appearing for the driving test.

For expatriates from other nations applying for a Norwegian license, driving lessons have to be undertaken before the theory and practical driving test. Validate the license issued by your country along with your passport and bostedsattest, a document issued by Folkeregisteret, showing that your permanent address is in Oslo at Risløkka trafikkstasjon, Østre Aker vei 50, Telephone: 815 22 000

Marriage and Death Registration

Civil marriages in Oslo/Norway are conducted by a Notary Public of the local district court. Under the Norwegian Marriage Act, a Q-0150 declaration form has to be submitted by the bride and groom to the local tax office, along with:

- A proof of identity of the bride and bridegroom, (either birth certificate or passport)
- Q-0151 statement forms completed by the couple's bridesmaid and best man
- Proof of dissolution of any earlier marriage
- A no-objection certificate to marry from home country,
- Work and residence permit

In an unfortunate case of a death, a certificate can be obtained from the district court in Oslo. For a list of the district courts, refer to app.norway.no/styresmakter/kvaliste.asp?id=45644

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