Norway has raised the minimum annual salary (“salary criteria”) that is necessary so that someone coming to work in Norway can apply for, and obtain, a new or renewal residence (work) permit in Norway. In order to obtain a residence permit for work purposes in Norway, the pay and working conditions must not be poorer than is normal in Norway. The salary to be received must comply with the salary criteria.
With effect from June 1, 2015, applicants for new and renewal residence (work) permits in Norway must earn a minimum annual salary of NOK 381,000 (up from NOK 380,300) if the position requires a bachelor's degree and NOK 410,500 (up from NOK 409,700) if the position requires a master's degree.1 The amounts are per year pre-tax. Lower salaries may be permitted if one can document that it is normal for the occupation in the company one intends to work.
The amounts will be adjusted in June 2016.
In order to obtain a residence permit for work purposes in Norway, the pay and working conditions must not be poorer than is normal in Norway. The salary to be received must comply with the salary criteria.
It is important for employees considering an assignment in Norway, their IHR/program managers, and their immigration advisers to be aware of the adjustments prior to signing contracts for assignments in Norway and applying for a residence permit. Non-compliance with the salary criteria carries risks (penalties, sanctions, etc.) for the employer and the employee.
It is a requirement that the pay and working conditions not be poorer than the applicable collective agreement or pay scale for the industry in question. Any new agreements/pay scales, or adjustments, must be reflected in the applicant’s pay and working conditions from the day they enter into force, so that the applicant is paid in accordance with the applicable collective agreement/pay scale at all times.
If no such collective agreement or pay scale exists, the pay and working conditions must not be poorer than it is normal for the occupation and place concerned.2
The minimum salary is adjusted each year in June.
1 See the Web site for the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and the relevant circular at: http://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/pay-and-working-conditions-in-norway/ and http://www.udiregelverk.no/en/documents/udi-circulars/rs-2010-129/#attachment.
2 Cf. Section 23 first paragraph letter (b) of the Immigration Act.
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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