Norway has added a fourth Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA). On 15 June 2015, a new SUA was opened in Bergen, Norway. The SUA offers guidance and assistance with applications for employment in Norway. The Service Centre for Foreign Workers allows the filing of applications for residence permits and the required documents by an employer or authorized third party in Norway. This makes case processing much more efficient and the processing time much shorter than it would be at a Norwegian Embassy abroad.
Norway has added a fourth Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA). On 15 June 2015, a new SUA was opened in Bergen, Norway.1 The SUA offers guidance and assistance with applications for employment in Norway.
When applying for a residence permit by non-European Union (EU) / European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, typically, the nearest Norwegian Embassy must be contacted to file an application. The Service Centre for Foreign Workers allows the filing of applications for residence permits and the required documents by an employer or authorized third party in Norway. This makes case processing much more efficient and the processing time much shorter than it would be at a Norwegian Embassy abroad. While the application processing time after submission of documents is generally 10-15 working days, a Norwegian Embassy abroad cannot guarantee a case processing time shorter than three months, where it depends on the workload at the embassy as well as the general workload at the immigration office in Norway, the UDI.
The Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA) is operated jointly by the Labour Inspection Authority, the Police, the Tax Administration, and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. The SUA offers guidance and fast-track processing of applications for foreign workers coming to Norway.
The offices are based in 4 cities in Norway: Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, and Kirkenes.2
The Service Centre can be used by:
The Service Centre is for:
The KPMG International member firm in Norway is authorized to initiate the application process in Norway by filing applications and submitting the appropriate documents at the Service Centre on behalf of an applicant.
1 For the 15 June 2015 press release (in Norwegian) on the Service Center in Bergen “Servicesenter for utanlandske arbeidstakarar (SUA) opna i Bergen“, see: http://www.arbeidstilsynet.no/nyhet.html?tid=252594.
2 For more on the Service Centre (information offered in several languages) at: http://www.sua.no/en/.
3 More information on the Norwegian ID number (in English), click here.
For additional information or assistance, please contact your usual KPMG GMS or People Services professional* or one of the following immigration professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Norway:
Unn Kristin Mardal
Tel. +47 4063 9201
Tel. +47 4063 9697
Per Tore Kraby Lock
Tel. +47 4063 9190
Stian Bjordal Furset
Tel. +47 4063 9427
* Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration services.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Norway.
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