How to submit a paper employment status form

When are employment status forms to be submitted?

An employment status form is valid for 2 weeks and must be submitted every 14 days. The submission date is written on the paper employment status forms. It is important that you fill out the employment status form correctly and in time. If you submit your employment status form too early, the form may be returned and payment of your unemployment benefit delayed.

Deduction from your unemployment benefit

A deduction will be made from the next payment of your unemployment benefit if you submit your employment status form too late. An employment status form registered on Tuesday a week after the date you should have submitted the form, will be considered to have been submitted too late. A deduction will then be made from your next payment of unemployment benefit for each day that has passed since the date you should have submitted your employment status form.

If you believe you have reasonable grounds for submitting your employment status form after the deadline, you can send a letter to NAV. You must explain here the reason for the delay and request to receive your unemployment benefit without a deduction.

If NAV finds that you have reasonable grounds, you can have the amount deducted paid in arrears. Examples of reasonable grounds are sudden illness or other unforeseen circumstances.

NAV rarely grants exemptions from the deadline. If you request an exemption from the deadline and this is turned down, you can appeal this decision within 6 weeks.

No deductions will be made from employment scheme benefits or supplementary benefits even though you submit your employment status card too late. However, you will not receive payment until NAV has received your employment status card.

When will you receive your unemployment benefit?

When you submit your employment status form by post, your unemployment benefit will usually be paid to your account 2-3 days after NAV has registered your employment status form. How many days it takes from when you sent your employment status form by post can vary due to the postal service.

How to fill out the employment status form

You will find a guide on the reverse of the employment status form. It is important that you fill out the employment status form correctly and in full. You will then avoid your employment status form being returned and payment of your unemployment benefit being delayed.

  • Remember to sign your employment status form before your send it
  • Write using a pen with black or blue ink.
  • Use the envelopes sent by NAV.

The employment status forms are read by a machine, so any other things you write on the employment status forms will not be seen or registered. If you have other messages to us, you must send a letter or call us on +47 55 55 33 33.

Change type of employment status form

At “Ditt NAV” you can change the type of employment status form from a paper employment status form to an online employment status form. If you choose an online employment status form, you can submit your employment status form from nav.no. Online employment status forms are easy and flexible and you will receive your unemployment benefit faster.

Contact NAV

If you have questions regarding the employment status form, please call +47 55 55 33 33.

You may request a written reply to your questions, so that there is subsequently no doubt about the answers you have received from NAV.


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