Information for refugees about working in Norway
Important before you search for jobs
You must have been granted collective protection before you can start searching for and applying for jobs.
When working in Norway it is important that you understand your rights and obligations as an employee. On this page you will find information about why you need a written work contract, tax deduction card and more.
Applying for a job
How to apply for a job
When you apply for a job, it is normal to include a CV, also sometimes called a resumé. A CV is a short document that describes your skills, job experience, language skills, education and certifications. You can search online for “how to write a CV”.
If the employer is interested in your application, they will invite you to an interview. This can be on the telephone, or a video meeting, or in person.
The interview is a chance for you and the employer to meet and decide whether the job is right for you. You can also ask questions about the job.
Can I use my education and certifications in Norway?
For most kinds of work in Norway, you do not need special permission to start working.
Some professions are however regulated and need approval/recognition from the Norwegian authorities.
Know your rights and obligations as an employee
Norway has many rules to make sure that you are not exploited, deceived or forced to work under illegal wage terms and working conditions. Everyone who works in Norway must have a written contract.
The wage level in Norway is higher than in many other countries and there is a minimum wage in several professions. There are rules to make sure that you do not work too much and receive compensation for overtime work.
Where to find jobs in Norway
Arbeidsplassen.no/stillinger is the largest database for job advertisements.
The following link will show jobs that are available for people who speak English:
You can use the left side of the job search page to limit the search results. For example, to only show jobs in your geographical area or only show part time jobs.
Industry specific searches:
Example: designer, developer, data scientist, data architect
Food and beverage, cleaning, hospitality and sales
Example: cook, waiter, cleaner, receptionist, shop assistant
Example: construction worker, carpenter, painter, electrician, plumber
Example: fisher, farmer
Receiving salary and the introduction program
Can I work while participating in the introduction program?
Yes, you can have paid employment as a part of your introduction program. Please visit IMDis webpages for more information.
Tax deduction card
Everyone who works in Norway must have a tax deduction card. A tax deduction card is an electronic document that shows how much tax your employer must deduct before they pay your salary.
You can ask your employer to apply for you, or you can apply for it yourself.
In order to receive your salary, pay bills or receive benefits, you need a bank account. It is your choice which bank you use.
Most banks in Norway will require your identification number (D-number), proof of identity and residency. You can contact your bank of choice for more information.
Support from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)
If you have been granted collective protection, you may be entitled to help from NAV.
If you are employed to work in Norway, you automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme from your first day of work.
As a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, NAV is responsible for your entitlements regarding sickness, family related benefits, pension and many more.