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Immigrate to Norway from New Zealand

Updated on Monday 20th May 2024

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Immigrate to Norway from New Zealand
 
There are several ways through which you can immigrate to Norway from New Zealand. Some of them are created by bilateral agreements between the two countries. The most important aspect to consider though is that any stay beyond 3 months requires a residence permit.
 
Below, our lawyers in Norway present the main options under which you can move to this country from New Zealand. You can rely on us for relocation support and advice.
 
 

The main options to relocate to Norway from New Zealand

 
If you plan to stay in Norway for more than 3 months as a New Zealand citizen, you must apply for a long-stay visa. This is in fact a temporary residency permit you need to apply for in the first stage of relocation. The type of visa you need depends on why you want to immigrate to Norway. For instance, long-term visas are issued for:
 
  • enrolling in education facilities;
  • employment;
  • family reunion.
 
Opening a company in Norway can also be a good option if you are an entrepreneur.
 
Our Norwegian lawyers can discuss all these aspects with you and advise on a case-to case matter.
 

Requirements to move to Norway from New Zealand

 
No matter the pathway you choose to immigrate to Norway from New Zealand, there is a set of requirements to meet. These are:
 
  • you need to be a New Zealand citizen or hold a valid resident permit in New Zealand in order to apply for a residence permit from the country;
  • you can also apply for a Schengen residence permit, provided that you have a current residence permit for a minimum of 6 months.
 
No matter if you decide to relocate based on a long-term or Schengen visa, you will be first issued temporary residency in Norway.
 

Employment – one of the most offering options to immigrate to Norway from New Zealand

 
By far, when moving to Norway as a New Zealand citizen, employment is one of the most offering ways, as it provides for tailored visas for various activities. The following options are available:
  • the working holiday visa for young adults;
  • being a working guest in the agricultural industry;
  • being an employee of a charity, non-profit, or religious organization;
  • being an artist, musician, or performer.
For each of these options, you need to meet specific criteria.
 
Our law firm in Norway can verify your eligibility for any of these types of work-related residence permits.
 

The working holiday visa for Norway

 
One of the most personalized experiences through which you can immigrate to Norway from New Zealand is the Working Holiday Program for Young Adults.
 
According to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealanders under the age of 31 may be eligible for a residency permit that allows them to work and take longer vacations in Norway. The visa comes with the following requirements:
 
  • you have to be a New Zealand citizen, as permanent residents of New Zealand are not accepted;
  • when you apply, you have to be older than 18 and not have turned 31;
  • while in Norway, you are not allowed to work for the same employer for longer than 6 months;
  • you need to have enough money to sustain yourself during your first 3 months of stay in Norway.
 
You need to have NOK 41,370 for the first 3 months, or NOK 13,790 per month, which is the equivalent of EUR 3,600, respectively EUR 1,200.
 

How to become a permanent resident of Norway as a New Zealand citizen

 
If your purpose of immigration to Norway is permanent residency, you should know that after 3 years of lawful stay with a temporary residence permit, you can apply to become a permanent resident.
 
If you want to immigrate to Norway from New Zealand and need support, contact us. Our lawyers will provide the needed support to move here based on a personalized assessment.