Norway makes it easier for non-EEA entrepreneurs and self-employed people to settle in the country



Norwegian authorities have announced that it will now be easier for entrepreneurs and other self-employed workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to live and run their own business in Norway.

Indeed, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs changed the country’s immigration rules on September 9 and decided to simplify the application process for this category of workers who wish to obtain a residence permit, reports

“We need more entrepreneurs who have great ideas and who have the courage to put the ideas into practice. Therefore, the government has changed immigration regulations to make it easier for foreign talent and entrepreneurs from all over the world to settle here ”, Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister Iselin Nybø said.

According to a press release issued yesterday (October 13) by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, the changes mean that municipalities across the country will no longer have to provide a statement regarding the financial basis for the operation of the business or business. the company.

In addition, the new rules further provide that if an applicant receives financial support from Norwegian public institutions, such as Innovation Norway, the authorities will take this into account when considering the application for a residence permit.

Even though the country has decided to simplify the application rules, it was stressed that all foreigners from non-EEA countries who come to Norway should still be able to support themselves.

Despite the fact that Norway now offers more simplified rules for those who wish to start a business in the country, the authorities have pointed out that the time taken for a newly established business to generate sufficient income varies from sector to sector. other and according to the type of business.

“Immigration authorities should therefore specifically consider in each individual case to what extent and for how long the grant funds should be included in the assessment of the financial basis for the operation of the business” said the Ministry of Labor.

Previously, Norwegian authorities announced that seasonal workers who cannot return to their home country due to COVID-19 restrictions will have their residence permits extended until the end of the year.

This means that anyone will be able to stay in Norway legally until they can return home safely. Such a move was seen as very beneficial for green industry and agriculture since the country needed more seasonal workers.

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