Working Holiday Visa in Norway

About this visa

Experience the Northern Lights and stunning mountains in Norway while being able to work (it can be quite expensive to live here).

Participating countries

Norway has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 5 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of Norway and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.

With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live in Norway up to one year
  • Work for an employer for max. 6 months
  • Study for 3 months
  • Visit other countries within the Schengen Zone

Things to note

Remember to register your arrival in Norway to a local police station to submit your fingerprints and be photographed.


Requirements of the applicant

  • You must pay an application fee.
  • You must be a citizen of New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Japan or Argentina.
  • You must be over the age of 18 and not have turned 31 when you apply.
  • You must have enough money to live on for the three first months of your stay in Norway. This can be money in the bank and/or a concrete offer of paid work. You must have NOK 10 634 per month , i.e.  NOK 31 902 for the first three months .
  • You cannot work for the same employer for more than six months while you are in Norway.
  • You must sign a declaration that you will take out medical insurance and full hospital insurance before entering Norway.
  • You cannot be granted this type of permit if you plan to study for more than three months. In such case, you have to apply for a residence permit for study purposes.

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.

How to apply

  • Normal processing time: 1 week
  • Visa fee: 5,400 NOK
  1. Print out the checklist and gather the necessary documents
  2. Fill in your application form
  3. Hand in your application and documents in person at your nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate in your home country

The immigration authority in Norway for processing Working Holiday visa's is Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

Go to: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration

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If you are seeking advice about Working Holiday visa's drop a comment below and we will be happy to answer any Working Holiday & Youth Mobility visa question you have! We are travellers too! 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in Norway”

  1. Hi am an australian currently on a working holiday visa in norway and in regards to the statement, “The applicant has a general right to take casual work of up to six months’ dration for each employer.
    what would happen if you worked over the 6 months?
    what is the term “casual work” in norway actually mean?
    Is there a limit to the amount of hours i can work or any solid restricitions to that?
    If it could be possable for me get a reference to where you get the infomation for those questions that would be great.

    1. Hi Aaron, Scandinavia’s social system is almost fully digitalised (unlike the ATO and Centrelink here in Australia) meaning taxable work outside of your visa conditions may quickly be followed by enforcement. For this reason I’d confirm with immigration in Norway as to what these limits mean and how they affect you.

      I’ll dig up some more links but in the interim I would contact Norwegian immigration directly as you’re already in-country and they have the best knowledge; we contact the Embassy and Consulates of different participating Working Holiday/Youth Mobility countries but their working knowledge is not always up to date and even less is published online (especially when third-party visa processors are involved) which is a common frustration.

  2. Hi,

    I have applied to renew my Working Holiday Visa (WHV) for a second year. I am currently in Oslo on a WHV but it runs out very soon. Am I able to stay in Oslo (even if the visa expires), while waiting for the next visa outcome? Or do I need to leave until the new visa comes through?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Leanne, thanks for asking! That’s great that you’re up for a second year! You cannot stay in Norway without a valid visa, so don’t even try it, the great news is your circumstances are perfectly normal (you are transitioning from a Working Holiday Visa to another Working Holiday Visa) so call Norwegian immigration, explain the cirumstance and request a temporary residence visa be issued for the required dates where your current visa lapses. There is a condition that during this “transition” time you may not be allowed to travel outside Norway as this is a Norwegian residence visa which does not allow re-entry into Norway. If you “need” to travel outside of Norway during this time you can press them for an exception enabling you to re-enter Norway on this temporary visa.

      When I requested mine in Denmark I was not living in the big cities so could go to my local Police Station (Politi) and they sorted it out on the spot. Don’t wait. Speak with immigration, get them in the loop and they’ll help you get your temporary visa issued so that there are no issues with your stay in Norway. Skal! 😀

  3. Hi,

    If applying as an Australian for the Working Holiday Visa in Norway:

    What’s the processing time of handing in the application to the authorities within Norway (and having qualifications as a ‘skilled worker’ in order to do this)?

    Is there any way around the 6 months with 1 employer rule?



    1. Hi Blake, thanks for asking! Are you already in Europe or still in Australia, that will greatly decide your outcome as if you’re currently in Australia then VFS Global will be involved as the visa processor, you won’t have a choice there, they refer your visa application onto the Norwegian Consultate who pass it onto Norwegian immigration to process. The VFS Global visa process from accepted visa application submission to acceptance takes ~13 business days but can take up to a month if there are delays (

      In any case you should contact the Norwegian Consulate here in Australia and confirm what the conditions for that ‘skilled worker and have legal stay in Norway’ and whether that includes staying in Norway under the Schengen tourist visa of up to 90 days within a calendar year. I would strongly recommend against just showing up in Norway and expecting them to issue a Working Holiday residence visa on arrival.

      Regarding the 6 month with a single employer rule, you could transition from a Working Holiday visa to a traditional work visa upon arrival to Norway which will allow you to continue working for a single employer but otherwise no, 6 months is the limit and it will be enforced by Norwegian immigration as they have digitalized most public systems. Feel free to drop any follow up questions here 🙂

  4. Hi,
    I am from and currently living in NZ. Is it possible to be there for three months on holiday under the visa free scheme, then get a working holiday visa just before the 3 months visa free period is over?


    1. Hi Ollie, you sure can, but VFS will likely be a little put out when you request this so instead just say that’s the date you’ll enter Norway and to date it from then.

      Norway (and most of Scandinavia) is a little special in that you will need to submit your Working Holiday visa application to a third-party visa processor (VFS in this case) via their VFS Visa Application Centre in Auckland, they’ll collect your biometrics, review your application then forward it onto the Canberra Consulate and/or Norwegian immmigration to print your residence card. You cannot apply for a Working Holiday visa in-country, this must be done before arriving in Norway via VFS.

      Here’s a resource on the Schengen visa and how it applies in Norway:

    1. Hi Eugenia, thanks for asking. You will need to submit your application in person at your nearest Norwegian embassy or consulate, if there is no official Norwegian presence in your country it is typical for neighboring countries or a commercial visa processor to accept WHV applications.

      Where are you based?

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