Relocating to Norway: practical guide for EU/EEA nationals

This post is for you if you are relocating to Norway for work and:

  • you are an EU/EEA national
  • you will stay in Norway for longer than 6 months
  • you are not sure what paperwork needs to be in place and how to proceed to get your ID, tax card and bank account sorted.

​Let's go through this bureaucratic jungle together and take it one step at a time.

 

STEP 1. REGISTRATION  CERTIFICATE FOR EU/EEA NATIONALS

 

If you are an EU/EEA national and planning to be staying in Norway, you would need to get your Registration Certificate sorted.

 

WHERE : police immigration office

COST: free of charge

DEADLINE: no later than three months after your arrival to Norway.  If you stay in Norway for longer than three months without registering, you may be fined.

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED:

 

​HOW TO PROCEED:

  • fill out your application online 
  • schedule an appointment with the police, the options will become available in the end of the above application
  • ​submit the documents personally

 

 

STEP 2. REPORTING THE MOVE TO NORWAY AND GETTING NORWEGIAN ID NUMBER

 

As soon as you have received the Registration Certificate, you can start applying for ID-number.

 

You will need your ID number for various situations: from getting a doctor appointment to getting a mobile phone number in Norway. It is also a challenge to open a Norwegian bank account without the ID number.

 

 

WHERE : Tax authorities - Skatteetaten/Service Centre for Foreign Workers (they are located in the same building).

WHEN: after you have received your registration certificate from the police

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED:

  • registration certificate
  • passport
  • RF-1401 form 
  • tenancy agreement which is valid for at least 6 months
  • employment contract 

​HOW TO PROCEED:

  • schedule appointment with the tax authorities 
  • ​submit the documents personally
  • ​you will receive the letter with your Norwegian ID-number to your home address. 

 

USEFUL LINKS:

 

​Steps before you start working in Norway 

 

STEP 3. GETTING YOUR TAX CARD

 

​The tax deduction card is an electronic document that states how much tax your employer must deduct from your salary.

 

WHEN TO APPLY: once you have received your ID-number


​HOW TO APPLY: Your employer can apply on your behalf or you can do it yourself.

 


​DOCUMENTS TO BE PRESENTED UPON APPOINTMENT:

  • RF-1209 form
  • ​Norwegian ID-number
  • passport
  • ​employment contract

​The tax card is normally ready within a week. You do not need to deliver the tax deduction card to your employer. Your employer will retrieve your tax deduction card electronically once it is ready.

 

Please, note that getting your tax deduction card sorted is important. Without it in place you will be automatically deducted 50% of your salary in tax.


​USEFUL LINKS: 
Application for tax deduction card for foreign employees 

 

STEP 4. OPENING BANK ACCOUNT

 

I would recommend to do step 3 and step 4 at the same time. The moment you have your ID-number ready, you can open your norwegian bank account. Your employer would need to have both your norwegian ID number and bank account number in order to include you into the payroll.

 

If you have any questions, I will be happy to help. Please, ask me here.