Visa and work permits for academic staff
Staying less than 90 days
If you intend to stay in Norway for less than 90 days, you do not need to apply for a residence permit. However, depending on your nationality, you might need a visitor's visa to enter Norway (udi.no). Please note that if you come from a visa country to visit OsloMet, your visa application must be supported by a written invitation from your host department at OsloMet.
Staying longer than 90 days
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) gives you the necessary information related to work immigration (udi.no).
OsloMet is working with mobility of researchers in cooperation with Euraxess, the European Commission's job portal. Get the full overview of work permit regulations in Norway (euraxess.no).
Citizens from all Nordic countries may stay and work in Norway indefinitely without a work permit.
However, if you plan to live in Norway for more than six months, you must visit a tax office for an ID check and submit a notification of change of address (skatteetaten.no) no later than eight days after you arrive in Norway.
Apply for a residence permit
Different rules apply based on your country of origin. Most people coming to Norway for work, need a residence permit. Normally, you will have to find a job first.
- If you are applying for a work visa, you apply as a skilled worker.
- If you are in Norway only to do research, you apply as a researcher with own funds, and you are considered a visiting scholar.
- If you are asked for OsloMet's organisation number, it is 997058925.
Please note that if you are bringing a partner or family members, you should apply for a visa at the same time, since their visa status will be based on yours.
If you are an EU/EEA national and intend to stay in Norway for more than 90 days, you need to register with the Norwegian authorities for a residence permit to be allowed to work in Norway.
The registration includes an online registration and a personal meeting with the immigration authorities for ID check upon arrival.
Make sure to start the process before arrival. You are entitled to move to Norway and start working right away, provided that you register within three months. However, we strongly recommend that you start the registration process well in advance of your planned arrival in Norway.
If you are a non-EU/EEA national formally employed by OsloMet and you intend to stay in Norway for more than 90 days, you need a residence permit. The application includes an online registration and a meeting in person with the immigration authorities upon arrival to finalise the registration.
Start the process early. Please note that you, as a rule, are not allowed to start working in Norway before the residence permit has been granted. Therefore, you must apply for a residence permit well in advance of your planned arrival in Norway.
If you are bringing family members, any forms of identification or official documents such as marriage certificates must carry an apostille stamp from the issuing country (udi.no). Registration of family members is dependent on the reference person's registration.
Non- EU/EUA guest researcher
OsloMet receives many requests from researchers wanting to visit us for a period of time. The best way for you to begin planning a research stay at OsloMet is to establish direct contact with the researchers in your field. For an overview of OsloMet's research, please visit our research pages.
Start the residence permit application process early. Please note that, as a rule, you are not allowed to start working in Norway before the residence permit has been granted. You must therefore apply for a residence permit well in advance of your planned arrival in Norway.
If you need a Schengen visa or a residence permit in order to visit us, an official invitation letter is required. Please contact the host department to provide you with an invitation letter. The letter must include your full name, nationality, passport number, position, contact information for the department you will be visiting, funding of your stay via scholarship or salary, housing guarantee and planned day of arrival and departure. The letter must be signed by the head of your host department at OsloMet.
If you arrive from a so-called "red" country during COVID–19, you are required to quarantine for ten days when coming to Norway. You must make the necessary arrangements in order to stay at the same address for the first ten days. The place of quarantine cannot include shared living areas. OsloMet has made arrangements with Frogner House as quarantine hotel (frognerhouse.no).
Housing is relatively expensive in Oslo and the surrounding areas compared to other cities in Europe. At the same time, the cost of rent is lower than you might expect, particularly when you take into account what you will be earning in Norway.
The standard of housing is by and large very high, and landlords tend to keep the apartments they rent out in good condition. The tenant-landlord relationship, moreover, is regulated by law as a way of protecting tenants’ rights (nyinorge.no).
Below is a list of resources we recommend you make use of as you look for a place to live. We encourage you to contact us as soon as you know you will be taking up a position at OsloMet. If you send us a short description of your housing needs, we will do our best to assist you.
Long-Term Housing in Oslo
- Finn (finn.no in Norwegian only)
- SiO Student Welfare Organisation (sio.no)
- Utleiemegleren (utleiemegleren.no)
Short-Term Housing in Oslo
Norwegian identification number and ID
Everyone living in Norway has a unique identification number (skatteetaten.no). You will use this number when interacting with government agencies, and you will need one to open a Norwegian bank account. You can apply for an identification number at the Service Centre for Foreign Workers (sua.no) located in central Oslo.
Identification while living in Norway
Norwegians commonly use their driver's license as proof of identification in situations where they need to show ID. You may also be able to use your Norwegian debit card as a form of ID, as long as it includes your Norwegian identification number, your signature and your photograph.
European citizens living and working in Norway can use their European driver's license as identification.
The most reliable form of identification for citizens of non-European countries is their passport. Your residence permit, issued as a card, does not constitute an official form of identification.
Taxes and pension
Salaries are quite high in Norway when compared to many other countries. As a result, the cost of living is also quite high. Euraxess Norway offers extensive information about taxation and salaries (euraxess.no).
Being a state-owned institution, OsloMet enrolls its employees in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (spk.no) (Statens pensjonskasse in Norwegian). Members of the Fund are entitled to a retirement pension of up to 66 percent of their contribution to the institution, dependent on the years they have worked in the public sector. Read more about welfare and benefits at Working at OsloMet.
Getting to Oslo
Travel to Oslo by train, bus, ferry, plane or car. Check out which companies offer direct routes to Oslo (visitoslo.com).
Transport to and from Oslo Airport Gardermoen
Getting around Oslo
Oslo offers convenient public transportation, and short distances make it easy to get around by walking or biking (visitoslo.com).
Our two campuses
OsloMet offers a free shuttle bus for employees that runs between our two campuses, Pilestredet and Kjeller. Information about shuttle schedules and pick up locations (ansatt.oslomet.no).
- Pilestredet Campus is OsloMet’s largest campus and located in the centre of Oslo.
- Kjeller Campus is OsloMet’s second-largest campus and lies 20 kilometres outside of Oslo in the fast-growing Romerike region.
Useful maps and directions
Most banks will require that your registration for verifying your Norwegian identification number (which you receive after your visit with the police) has been finalised before you can open an account. We recommend that you keep your bank account and credit cards from your home country until all practicalities have been settled.
OsloMet has made an agreement for international staff with Bien Sparebank (bien.no, in Norwegian only) to make the opening of a bank account more efficient. If the appointment is booked in advance, and you bring the necessary documents, you will be able to open a bank account on the day of your visit. In addition, they offer services such as English language online banking, insurance, credit cards and mortgages. To open an account, please schedule an appointment with the OsloMet contact representative: Lydia Ghebrehiwot, phone: (+47) 942 48 804.
OsloMet employees must bring:
- your passport
- your contract of employment
- documents verifying your Norwegian identification number
Bien Sparebank, Dronning Mauds gate 11, 0250 Oslo. Phone: (+47) 915 02 436.
Other recommended banks
You can find the following recommended banks in close proximity to OsloMet:
- DnB (dnb.no), Kirkeveien 59, 0366 Oslo. Phone: 04800 (if calling from abroad use +47 915 04 800).
- Nordea (nordea.no, in Norwegian only), Kirkeveien 64, 0364 Oslo. Phone: (+47) 23 20 60 01.
We recommend that you make an appointment. Please note that it can take up to two months to get the account activated with either Nordea or DnB.
To register as a new customer you will need the following documents:
- D number or Norwegian ID number
- valid passport
- tax card
- residence permit (must be valid for more than 3 months)
- employment contract
- recommendation letter from your current / former bank