Normally, you must be willing and able to accept any employment anywhere in Norway.
This means that you:
- Must be able to work. If you are not able to work you are not eligible for unemployment benefit, but you may be entitled to work assessment allowance or sickness benefits.
- Cannot make wage demands. If you are not willing to accept employment compensated in accordance with collective wage agreements or custom, you are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
- Must be willing to accept employment anywhere in Norway.
- Must be willing to work both full time and part time. If you are working part-time, or if you are partially laid-off, you must be willing to terminate your existing employment to accept another, bigger position.
- May only refuse employment anywhere in Norway or to work full-time/evenings/nights/weekends if you are older than 60 years or if weighty social circumstances so indicate. Such circumstances may include health problems, if you are caring for young children under the age of 1, if you are the sole carer for young children or school-age children up to year 7, or if a close family member needs your care.
Furthermore, you must:
- Be an active job seeker. This means you are expected to look for jobs, submit applications and attend interviews. NAV may require that you document your job-seeking activity, and we may order to to keep a activity plan.
- Be available to NAV, and you must be willing to accept employment or enrol in programmes on short notice.
- Keep your CV updated at nav.no.
- Have a fixed address where NAV can contact you.
- Be able to find child care on short notice if you have children.
People who apply on or after 1 July 2019 and participate in the labour market scheme “permanent wage subsidy” and are laid off from their position may be exempt from the requirement of being fit for work and may therefore be entitled to unemployment benefit.