Applying for work in Norway while drawing unemployment benefit from another EEA member state
If you intend to look for work in Norway while drawing unemployment benefit from another EEA member state, you must bring form PD U2/(or SED U008 must be sent by the authorities) from the country in which you are entitled to such benefit. You must register as a job-seeker at your nearest NAV office in the area in which you are looking for work. NAV will apply for a Norwegian National Insurance (social security) number on your behalf and advise you on how to look for work and advise you on Norwegian notification rules.
At your local NAV office you will also have the use of a PC and a public telephone, free of charge, to assist you in looking for jobs and in contacting prospective employers.
You will find a list of NAV offices and all job openings in Norway online at www.nav.no.
Moving from another EEA member state to Norway
If you intend to move from another EEA member state to Norway, you may take with you the unemployment benefit rights that you have earned the past three completed calendar years. Period of employment and benefit that entitle the applicant to unemployment benefit must be confirmed on form PD U1/ SED U002.
If you have worked in several countries, you must get confirmation on a separate form for each country for each and every employment and benefit period.
Conditions for Norwegian unemployment benefit:
- You must have been unemployed from work in Norway
- Your work in Norway must be supported by a contract with start and end dates.
- You must fill in the Norwegian conditions for unemployment benefit claim..
The rights you have earned in the country you are moving from have to entitle you to unemployment benefit in Norway.
How to become a member of a social security and national insurance scheme in Norway?
Everyone who resides in Norway and has given due notification of her/his move is covered by the Norwegian social security and national insurance scheme (Folketrygden).
Everyone who has the status of employee and who pays taxes to Norway (including pension dues) is covered by the Norwegian unemployment benefit scheme. It is the employer who is responsible for enrolling you in the social security and national insurance scheme and for seeing to it that the right amount of taxes is withheld and that taxes are paid to the tax office.
You can check with your local national insurance office whether your employer has enrolled you in the Norwegian social security and national insurance scheme or not – that is to say, whether you are registered in the Employer/Employee Register or not.
Self-employed persons are not covered by the Norwegian unemployment benefit scheme.
Those employed on board Norwegian fishing vessels are subject to a separate unemployment benefit scheme in the Guarantee Fund for Fishermen, and must make special payments to this scheme.