Supplemental benefits

You may be entitled to specific benefits to cover certain costs related to occupational evaluations or occupational activities (e.g. for specific measures or to participate in an approved educational or training programme).

The rules regarding supplemental benefits have changed as of 1 January 2016. This information applies to those of you who will be applying for supplemental benefits after 1 January 2016.

An occupational activity is a scheme or measure to help an unemployed person find work, or to commence a training programme or specific education organized and/or approved by NAV.

An occupational evaluation is a means of assessing a job seeker's capabilities and identify suitable measures to help the job seeker find gainful employment.

Seeking gainful employment is also considered an occupational activity. This only applies to certain categories of persons who are eligible for a supplemental benefit/allowance of some kind.

Supplemental benefits come in addition to any subsistence benefits you may be receiving. These may include work assessment allowance, employment scheme benefits, unemployment benefits, if you participate in the Qualification Programme,if you receive transitional benefits for single mothers or fathers, or you receive benefits for surviving spouses or previous family caretakers.

Who is eligible for supplemental benefits?

You may be eligible for supplemental benefits if you are involved in an occupational activity intended to bring you back into the labour market or to keep you in your present job, or if you are currently participating in an occupational evaluation. This also applies to persons who are registered with the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) as genuine job seekers. To be eligible for benefits, you must also satisfy at least one of these conditions:

  • have impaired work capability due to illness and participate actively in a NAV employment scheme.
  • you are a single mother or father attending an approved training programme or course of education, or you are registered with NAV as a genuine job seeker and satisfy the conditions for transitional benefits.
  • You are a previous family caretaker attending a training programme or course of education that was approved by NAV.
  • You are a surviving spouse attending an approved training programme or course of education, or have registered with NAV as a genuine job seeker and you are actively seeking employment as your occupational activity.
  • You are participating in some form of labour market scheme.
  • You are a job seeker who through no fault of your own is unable to find work close to home. You may also be eligible for a travel allowance and/or relocation allowance.

What can you receive?

Supplemental benefits shall cover documented expenses for:

  • travel expenses
  • childcare, and care/supervision of family members
  • textbooks, learning materials etc.
  • dwelling and overnight accommodations
  • relocation

Travel expenses 

Travel expenses for a specific occupational activity

If you are participating in an occupational activity or an occupational evaluation you may be eligible for an allowance to cover:

  • daily travel/commuting
  • travel to obligatory gatherings/meetings
  • travel at the beginning and end of an activity, and the return home

The travel allowance is paid if the commuting distance exceeds 6 kilometers each way between your home and the activity/educational institution. NAV may permit other distances if the participant has verifiable health issues.

You are required to travel 30 kilometers or more each way between your home and the location of the activity to participate in obligatory gatherings or meetings to be eligible for this allowance.

The least expensive means of transport to the destination shall form the basis for this disbursement. NAV may approve the use of a private automobile if no public transportation is available, or if the use of public transportation is very impractical. You may also be granted a reimbursement to cover the cost of using your own automobile if absolutely necessary, such as toll booth fees, parking etc. You may be entitled to reimbursement for taking a taxi, in special situations.

The use of own automobile must documented. You need to use NAV's digital driving log (click "velg" under "Jeg vil sende inn kjøreliste") which is available online at nav.no. That means that you can send information to NAV by logging in to your user page (Ditt NAV). The digital driving log makes processing reimbursements more efficient and ensures effective reimbursement for using a private automobile.

Travel expenses for commuting

If you become unemployed through no fault of your own and are unable to find employment at a reasonable distance from your home, you may be eligible for allowances for:

  • activities to find a new place of employment,
  • job interviews at some distance to your home, or
  • getting started at your new place of work.

This allowance is only granted if the distance to be travelled exceeds 50 kilometers, one way. NAV's evaluation as to whether you lost your job through no fault of your own or not shall not scrutinize events more than 8 weeks back in time.

The least expensive means of transport to the destination shall form the basis for this disbursement. NAV may approve the use of a private automobile if no public transportation is available, or if the use of public transportation is very impractical. You may also be granted a reimbursement to cover the cost of using your own automobile if absolutely necessary, such as toll booth fees, parking etc. You may be entitled to reimbursement for taking a taxi, in special situations.

You may be granted a reimbursement to cover travel costs, if you take work at a new place in Norway, a Nordic country or another  EU/EEA country. If you have questions, please Call NAV +47 55 55 33 33.

Childcare and care/supervision of other family members

If you participate in an occupational activity or occupational evaluation, you may be eligible for a childcare allowance and a reimbursement for childcare expenses or similar expenses for caring for other family members. Single mothers/fathers or surviving spouses may be entitled to care costs while attending a training programme or course of education that was approved by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), as long as they are registered as genuine job seekers.

If both parents are participating in occupational activities, only one of the parents will receive the childcare allowance.

If you or another/other affected family members is participating in an occupational activity, only one of the affected family members will receive the care allowance.

The care allowance (childcare or care/supervision of another/other members of one's family) is paid according to specific rates established for these benefits. If you receive a childcare allowance for more than one child, you shall receive a higher rate for one of the children than for the others. Please refer to our list of rates for supplemental benefits.

Textbooks and learning material

If you are participating in an educational scheme and you are not entitled to free textbooks and learning aids according to other rules or legislation, NAV may reimburse you for these if the materials are absolutely necessary for your education.

The amount available for such materials depends on your level of education and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

If you are a pupil with the statutory right to an upper secondary education, you will probably receive textbooks and learning aid for free - along with the so-called equipment grant - from the county municipality in which you live. You are therefore not eligible for this allowance/reimbursement from NAV.

If you are a pupil attending upper secondary school with the statutory right as an adult, or if you are an apprentice or training candidate, you will not receive textbooks or learning materials from the county municipality. In that case, NAV may cover such expenses for you through a supplemental benefit if you are eligible.

You are responsible for using the allowance correctly to cover the cost of textbooks, notebooks, photocopying, internet, computer software and other learning supplies. The allowance shall also cover practical learning materials, trade examinations, or items needed for classes like flowers, metals, tools, protective clothing/gear, workwear and similar items.

If your expenses for books and learning materials are particularly high compared to other pupils due to a functional disability, you may be entitled to an extra allowance to cover expenses for other learning materials, as long as you can document these expenses correctly.

School fees, semester fees and exam fees are not covered by the supplemental allowance for learning materials.

Housing and overnight accommodations

If you are participating in an occupational activity or an occupational evaluation, you may be eligible for an allowance to cover the cost of housing or overnight accommodations in the area where the activity takes place. You may get cover for additional expenses for housing or overnight accommodations that are necessary to participate in an approved occupational activity that come in addition to your home expenses at your legal residence, or if the living expenses you incur at the site of your activity are higher than the expenses you had at your legal residence.

Participants who are entitled to a housing benefit according to the Norwegian Housing Benefits Act will not receive a living expenses allowance from NAV.

If you have extra expenses at home due to a functional disability, compared to expences other people in the same situation have, NAV may cover those expenses.

Relocation

You may be eligible for a relocation allowance to cover the cost of relocation to participate in an occupational activity. You may also be eligible for an allowance to pay for relocation if you are offered employment which requires you to move.

You can use professional movers to relocate, or you can move your belongings yourself.

If you intend to use Professional movers you will be required to collect prices from two different companies. NAV will pay the lower of the two prices offered.

If you submit two bids to NAV but decide to move your belongings yourself, NAV will pay an amount to cover moving expenses up to the amount of the lower price of the two companies you asked a price from.

You may be granted a reimbursement to cover travel costs, if you take work at a new place in Norway, a Nordic country or another  EU/EEA country. If you have questions, please Call NAV +47 55 55 33 33.

How do you apply for supplemental benefits?

The application for supplemental benefits is available online, using our digital application form (nav.no). The paper version that was previously submitted by mail has now been replaced by the digital solution.

Apply for supplemental benefits

Discontinued benefits

You must participate actively in an occupational activity to be eligible for supplemental benefits. Your benefits/allowances will be discontinued if you fail to complete your occupational activity.

Notify NAV about changes

Issues such as changes to family situation or if you plan to spend time abroad may be of significance to the amount you receive from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). You are obligated to notify NAV as soon as you are aware of any of these changes or situations.

Payments

Supplemental benefits are not disbursed on a monthly basis. Supplemental benefits are paid in three different ways:

You will be paid monthly if your supplemental benefits are intended to cover ongoing expenses. These benefits are paid monthly on the date stated on NAV's confirmation letter.

If the supplemental benefits are meant to cover non-recurring expenses, you will receive payment as soon as the decision is granted and the date of the expense has passed. In either case, the money will enter your bank account approximately 2-3 business days after the allowance or benefit is disbursed by NAV.

If the benefit is intended to cover daily travel using your own automobile you will receive payment 2-3 business days after you submitted the driving log. Read more about Payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding

You can check disbursements at this link: Dine utbetalinger.


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