Once you have registered as a job seeker, you can apply for unemployment benefits.

For help, call NAV at 55 55 33 33 if you live in Norway or +47 21 07 37 00 if you live abroad.

If you have become wholly unemployed and live in Norway, you should apply for unemployment benefits (dagpenger) in Norway.

You are defined as frontier worker if you have returned to your country of residence (another EEA country) at least once a week.

If you have become wholly unemployed from your work in Norway, you must apply for unemployment benefits (dagpenger) in the other EEA country where you resided during your last employment.

You are not defined as frontier worker if you have worked in Norway and returned to your country of residence (another EEA country) less often than once a week.

If you have become wholly unemployed from your work in Norway, you can choose to apply for unemployment benefits in Norway, or choose to return to your country of residence and apply for unemployment benefits in that country.

  • If you choose to remain in Norway, you can apply for unemployment benefits in Norway.
  • If you choose to return to your country of residence, you can apply for unemployment benefits in that country.

You can apply for:

  1. Wage guarantee funds

    The wage guarantee scheme ensures that you as an employee are paid wages, holiday pay, and other employee pay you are due, when your employer goes bankrupt. The application to the wage guarantee scheme must be submitted by way of the estate administrator. Here you can read more about our processing times for the wage guarantee scheme (in Norwegian).
  2. Advance on wage guarantee funds in the form of unemployment benefit

    While you are waiting for your application for the wage guarantee funds to be processed, you can apply for an advance on the wage guarantee funds. The advance is paid out in the form of unemployment benefits, and you apply for this advance by submitting an application for unemployment benefits.
  3. Unemployment benefits

    When you submit an application for unemployment benefits, you can choose to apply for an advance on the wage guarantee funds in the form of unemployment benefits, and at the same time apply for unemployment benefits for the period following the end of your wage guarantee funds.

If you have become temporarily laid off (permittert) or partially unemployed and live in Norway, you should apply for unemployment benefits (dagpenger) in Norway.

You are defined as a frontier worker if you have returned to your country of residence (another EEA country) at least once a week.

If you have become temporarily laid off (permittert) or partially unemployed from your work in Norway, you can receive unemployment benefits from Norway and stay in your country of residence.

You have worked in Norway and returned to your country of residence (another EEA country) less than once a week.

If you have become temporarily laid off (permittert) or partially unemployed from your work in Norway, you can receive unemployment benefits from Norway.

The main rule is that you must stay in Norway to qualify for unemployment benefits from Norway.

Exception from the requirement to stay in Norway applies if you are a non-frontier worker.

  1. Register as a job seeker (this also applies to persons who are laid-off)
  2. Apply for unemployment benefit
  3. You must submit the employment status card every 14 days.
  4. Register your CV with NAV
  5. Make sure that your correct account number is registered with NAV

Please note that you will receive unemployment benefits at the earliest from the day you registered as a job seeker and applied for unemployment benefit.

You must stay in close contact with your employer when you have been temporarily laid off (permittert) and notify NAV of any changes in your situation.

It is possible to apply for unemployment benefits even if you do not have electronic ID.

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NAV will make an assessment of what your country of residence is based on where you are employed, where you have housing, where you spend your free time and the like.

You may be entitled to retain unemployment benefits from Norway for up to 3 months when traveling to another EEA country to apply for a job. You must submit a separate application to NAV before traveling.

Read more about work in another EEA country (Norwegian information).

Maybe the norwegian information can be of some help.

Arbeidsledig (Unemployed)

Permittert (Laid-off)

For deg som har søkt dagpenger (You have applied for unemployment benefits)

Student (Student)