Child benefit and cash-for-care benefit to foreign employees in Norway

  • When the whole family lives in Norway and will be staying here for at least 12 months, you may be entitled to child benefit and cash-for-care benefit. This applies to all foreign nationals who are resident in Norway, registered on the Norwegian population register and who have a residence permit or have legal residence on other grounds.
  • If you are a national of an EEA country or a third country citizen considered to be in a family relationship with an EEA citizen* and are working in Norway, you may be entitled to child benefit and cash-for-care benefit even if you will be residing in Norway for less than 12 months.
  • To qualify for cash-for-care benefits, there is an added condition: you need to have been member of the national Insurance scheme in Norway or by a social security scheme in another EEA member state for at least 5 years. To meet the requirements of 5 years membership in a social security scheme, you can add periods of membership both from Norway and from other EEA countries.
  • If the parent who is living in a EEA country is working or receiving unemployment benefit, and is entitled to child benefit and cash-for-care benefit in another EEA country, NAV will pay the difference between the Norwegian benefit and the benefit paid by the other EEA country.
  • If the parent who is living in the EEA country is not working and is also not receiving unemployment benefit, the parent who is working in Norway is entitled to unreduced child benefit and cash-for-care benefit from Norway.
  • EEA nationals who are working on board a Norwegian ship or on the Norwegian continental shelf are treated equally to foreign employees on the Norwegian mainland. However, this does not apply to sailors from Latvia, Poland and Romania who are working on ships registered in the “Norwegian International Ship Register”. The social insurance legislation of their home country applies to these people.
  • If your employer in the EEA country has sent you on an assignment to Norway, you are not entitled to child benefit or cash-for-care benefit in Norway. The reason for this is that you still have an employer in the other country, and you are still a member of the social insurance scheme there.
  • If your spouse / cohabiting partner is with you in Norway and he/she is to be considered a resident in Norway according to EEA regulations, he/she may be entitled to child benefit and cash-for-care benefit even if the residence in Norway is less than 12 months. To determine whether or not he or she is to be regarded as a resident in Norway according to EEA regulations, we have to consider each case individually. We look at the duration of presence, family ties and housing situation.
  • If your spouse / cohabiting partner and child are with you in Norway and your spouse / cohabiting partner takes up employment here, he/she will become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. He or she will then be entitled to child benefit and cash-for-care benefit, even if their residence in Norway is less than 12 months.
  • If your employer has sent you on an assignment to Norway, you are not entitled to child benefit or cash-for-care benefit in Norway. The reason for this is that you still have an employer in the other country, and you are still a member of the social insurance scheme there.
  • If your spouse / cohabiting partner and child are with you in Norway and your spouse / cohabiting partner takes up employment here, he/she will become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. He or she will then be entitled to child benefit. If the both of you already have five years of membership in a social insurance scheme in either Norway, EEA countries or a combination of the two, you may also be entitled to cash-for-care-benefit.
  • You can apply for application for child benefit and cash-for-care benefit on the appropriate forms, which you will find under “Form and Application”.
  • A certificate from your home country confirming that you are the parent of the child for whom you are claiming benefits (birth certificate), if the child is not registered in the Norwegian Population Register. The population register or other competent authority in your home country must issue this certificate.
  • Identification numbers from your home country for you, your child and the other parent.
  • Proof of employment in Norway (copy of your employment contract).
  • To qualify for cash-for-care benefit, you must also include documentation from one or more EEA countries that you have coverage in a social insurance scheme for at least 5 years. Have you been covered If you have been covered by national insurance in Norway for at least 5 years, this documentation is not necessary. Note that only EEA citizens and third countries citizens considered to be in a family relationship with an EEA citizen can add insurance coverage from other EEA countries to the coverage in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. If the insurance coverage is from another Nordic country, the nationality is not deemed important.
  • A copy of assignment orders and invoices for the period before you became liable for VAT registration, and a customer ledger summary for the period after you became liable for VAT registration.
  • A Certificate of Registration for your enterprises from the Brønnøysund Register Centre.