Checklist for foreign workers from outside the EU/EEA
This is what you have to do when you’re going to start working in Norway.
You must have a residence permit
You must apply for a residence permit before you can start working.
You must have an identification number
Everyone who works in Norway must have a Norwegian identification number (D number or national identity number). During your appointment to apply for a residence permit, the police will let the Tax Administration know that you need a Norwegian identification number.
If you’re going to stay in Norway for less than 6 months, you’ll get a D number by post. If you’re going to stay in Norway for more than 6 months, the Tax Administration will decide whether you’re going to be registered as resident in Norway. This is dependent on the type of residence permit you have. If you’re registered as resident, you’ll receive your national identity number by post.
You should become an online user
When you’re an online user, you can submit applications and receive letters from the Tax Administration, the police, UDI and other public services online. You can also log in and see your income and how much tax your employer has deducted from your salary. Learn how you can become an online user.
You must have a tax deduction card
A tax deduction card is an electronic document that shows your employer how much tax they should deduct from your salary. If you’re an online user, you can apply for a tax deduction card online. Your employer can apply for a tax deduction card on your behalf, or you can submit an application by post.
When your application for a tax deduction card has been processed, you’ll receive a tax deduction notice from the Tax Administration. The tax deduction notice shows you how much tax your employer should deduct from your salary. Your employer will retrieve your tax deduction card online by using your Norwegian identification number.
You must choose how to pay tax
As a foreign employee in Norway, you can choose between two ways of paying tax. You must check which way is most profitable for you.
You must check that you receive what you’re entitled to as an employee
Everyone who works in Norway is entitled to secure and safe working conditions. This means that you’re entitled to a salary, a written employment contract and a safe working environment in accordance with Norwegian rules. In some sectors, there’s a minimum wage and a mandatory HSE card. Read more about your rights in Norway.
You must check that your address is correct
You must notify the Tax Administration about where you live in Norway. If you want your post sent to an address other than your registered address, you must register a postal address. You must also remember to write your name on your letter box, so the post reaches you.
If you have a national identity number, you must also remember to notify us when you move from Norway to another country.