Guidelines for International Employees

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Guidelines for International Employees


Guidelines for international employees

NOTE: This is general information and there may be changes or diversions from this at any point.

Published 18 March 16:40

Updated 24 March 10:55

Updated 26 March 10:30

International employees with a residence permit in Norway (non EU/EEA)

We recommend that you to stay in Norway for as long as you are employed by NTNU and have a residence permit. Travelling abroad is not recommended now.

If your residence permit is about to expire, you will not be able to renew it at present, check on the UDI portal to see if you can submit it. You are allowed to keep working until it becomes possible again to meet up at the immigration office.

These instructions might soon change, so please check regularly for updates from UDI.

If your residence permit is about to expire and your employment at NTNU is about to end, then you will have to try to leave Norway as planned. There are no consequences if you are not able to leave Norway as the situation is now.


Researchers with own funding at NTNU (non EU/EEA)

We recommend that you to stay in Norway for as long as you have a commitment with NTNU and a residence permit. Travelling abroad is not recommended now.

If you absolutely need to travel abroad check your travel insurance coverage. Many insurance companies do not offer any coverage for losses, damages or other costs related to for instance Corona infection.

If your residence permit is about to expire and you still have commitments at NTNU, you might not be able to apply to renew your permit at present but, you are allowed to work until it becomes possible again to meet up at the immigration office.

These instructions might soon change, so please check regularly for updates from UDI.


International guest researchers employed by other institutions than NTNU

We recommend that you contact your university abroad and follow their advice.

Regarding immigration issues we recommend that you check the recommendation from UDI.


New employees from outside EU/EEA who are not in Norway at the moment

The regulations are changing constantly, please check UDI for latest updates.

If you have questions regarding immigration, please contact NTNU International Researcher Support (NIRS) at staff.international@adm.ntnu.no.

Taxes

New employees will normally apply for a tax card once they are in Norway. Notify your department as soon as possible if you do not have a tax card, in order to avoid being deducted 50 percent taxes.

Membership in the national insurance scheme

The membership in the national insurance scheme is based on residency. If you live in Norway, you are as a general rule member of the National Insurance Scheme. In order to be considered resident in Norway, your stay in Norway must last, or be intended to last, for at least 12 months.

If you are still abroad and not able to travel and start work in Norway as planed check the status with the authorities in your country as you might still be insured there. Contact your department if you and your family do not have any health insurance where you are.


New employees from EU/EEA countries that are not in Norway at the moment

With the new travel restrictions within the EU/EEA and Schengen areas you can’t enter Norway now, only those already settled in Norway can enter. This also appplies if you have a work contract starting soon (or already started) and accommodation. 

Families planning to move to Norway together with an EU/EØS member as above cannot enter Norway now. Please stay in contact with your department.

Regulations are changing fast, please check UDI for latest updates.

If you have questions regarding immigration please contact NTNU International Researcher Support (NIRS) at staff.international@adm.ntnu.no.

Taxes

New employees will normally apply for a tax card once they are in Norway. Notify your department as soon as possible if you do not have a tax card, in order to avoid being deducted 50% taxes.

Membership in the national insurance scheme

The membership in the national insurance scheme is based on residency. If you live in Norway, you are as a general rule a member of the National Insurance Scheme. In order to be considered resident in Norway, your stay in Norway must last, or be intended to last, for at least 12 months.

If you are still abroad and not able to travel and start work in Norway as planed check the status with the authorities in your country as you might still be insured there. Contact your department if you and your family do not have any health insurance where you are.


Useful links for international employees

Norwegian Government

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Information from the International Air Transport Association