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  2. Global HR Compliance
  3. Global PEO and payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
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Immigration support for hiring expats in Norway via PEO

Global expansion is often linked with foreign hiring. This may require knowing the labor code of a foreign country, in-country incorporation peculiarities or immigration procedure in case of expats hiring.
If you are already hiring or planning to onboard expatriates for your international projects in Norway, there is a range of things that you need to consider:

  • HR compliance
  • How to get a work permit or visa so that foreigners are eligible to work in Norway
  • Timelines to get a permit or visa
  • How to payroll expats after the permits have been received
  • Whether it makes sense to open and keep your own business entity to employ expats directly

A global PEO or Employer of Record solution with immigration support might be a viable alternative to direct hiring of expats on your own company in Norway. This solution gives companies freedom from the need to keep the entity in the country while employing expats in full compliance with Norwegian labor legislation. Immigration support is part of a PEO service that precedes the employment. As a PEO service provider, Acumen International can sponsor a work permit and then employ an expat in Norway on the client’s behalf.

Note: having one provider that sponsors a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Norway, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to work overseas.

Our ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for employer companies that want to transfer selected expats to Norway or individuals whose employers are ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country. The service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel and willing to retain them by offering employee status and providing employee benefits.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit and employment of expats in Norway. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Focus on your primary business goals and let us take care of the work permit and immigration in Norway for you. Use our all-in-one solution:

  1. For long-term assignments in Norway, allowing to payroll and manage expats with full legal compliance without a legal entity
  2. As an interim solution before incorporating in the country

Solution for global mobility of expats in Norway

Acumen International will guide you through a grueling immigration procedure and will help you immediately onboard and payroll expats after they have received a work permit or visa. Use our global mobility and PEO solution to staff any international assignments in Norway without the pitfalls and financial risks associated with hiring expatriate personnel there.

With our expertise in expats immigration and employment, we offer a comprehensive solution to ensure that your international employees get their work permits within the standard duration of the immigration service in Norway. Learn more about the timelines requirements for getting a work permit in Norway below.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Norway takes from 2 days to 1 week until entry to Norway, and a further 1 to 2 months before the whole process is completed.

Major steps to get a work permit in Norway

  1. Residence Permit Application
  2. Entry Visa Collection
  3. Entry to Norway
  4. Residence Card Application

Documents for work permit in Norway, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Resume/CV (5 years) Showing relevant professional experience and education for at least the last five years. One clear copy
Copy of passport valid for 12 months With at least 2 blank visa pages One clear copy
2 Passport Photograph (3.5cm x 4.0cm) Requirements to be found in the link. One original
Application Form Can be completed online. One clear copy
Information on Residential Address Hotel reservation or lease agreement. One clear copy
Employer References (If Applicable) Required only in instances where the skills are based on long work experience (as opposed to a completed vocational training/degree). Letters outlining relevant professional experience specifically detailing duration of experience with previous employers, tasks and nature of activities may be provided. One original
Power of Attorney (Personal) Signed power of attorney if using a third party for application filing and collection. One original
Educational Certificate(s) Proof of education containing information about its duration, its content and the level of the educational institution; should correspond to upper secondary education level, i.e. at least three years; and be equivalent to the same training in Norway. One original
Passport valid for 12 months minimum With at least 2 blank visa pages One original
Copy of Passport Information Page valid for 12 months One clear copy

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Norway without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Norway.

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