Work Permit Rules in Norway

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  1. manutd02

    manutd02 Member

    Oct 23, 2002
    I was wondering if anyone knows the work-permit rules for football in Norway. I'm an American citizen looking to play in Europe and was wondering what rules I'd be up against in Norway. Thanks
  2. Jabinho

    Jabinho New Member

    May 29, 2004
    You might need to contact a consulate of Norway to get the real scoop but here's something..


    immigration regulations section 4 third paragraph letter d

    Section 4 third paragraph letter d of the Immigration Regulations deals with residence permits for sportspersons. The determining factor when deciding whether a sportsperson will need a work permit is whether the activity in Norway must be deemed to constitute work, cf. Immigration Act section 6 first paragraph.

    requirements for being granted a work permit as a sportsperson or coach
    Sportsperson or coach

    The provision includes both sportspersons and coaches. «Playing» coaches are also included. The provision covers all forms of sport. As a rule it is only applicable to sports affiliated to Norges Idrettsforbund [the Norwegian Sports Federation], since sports that are not affiliated to this organisation will rarely satisfy the requirement that the sport be at a high level, cf. B below.
    Sportspersons or coaches at a high level
    Basic assumption

    It is a requirement that the applicant shall coach or practise a sport at a high level in Norway. Requirements are made in respect of the level of activity and results. Sports that to a greater or lesser extent fall into the category of hobby activities are not covered by the provision.

    Team sports

    In the area of team sports, sports at a high national level will primarily include the respective sports’ highest level national leagues. This applies even if the level in this country is low in international terms.

    In particularly widely practised sports, the two top levels can be characterised as sport at a high level, provided that level 2 is also of a generally high, professional and ambitious character. This will, for example, apply to men’s football.

    In team sports that are less prevalent at the national level, the national level alone will not always be the determining factor. In some cases it may be decided that there is no high level in Norway in a specific sport. When assessing whether the requirement has been satisfied, factors such as the level of activity, commitment, previous rankings and results and participation in international competitions will be taken into account in addition to the team’s national ranking. Sports such as American football, land hockey and indoor bandy are currently not deemed to be sports engaged in at a high level in Norway. "

    Translation:::: If the team that wants you is at a "high level" in Norway then can get the permit easily apparently... It is not talking about the level of what you did in your own country. Sometimes players come to Norway from other countries and then try to go on to England and then they have trouble. In other words.. It's a lot easier, of course, to get a permit in Norway but you still have to be at a high level ... A pro..
  3. manutd02

    manutd02 Member

    Oct 23, 2002
    Thanks for that. Is there any mention of a minimum salary that foreigners must be payed, ie like Holland in your sources. What is that source by the way?
  4. Jabinho

    Jabinho New Member

    May 29, 2004
    I saw no mention of minimum pay but I'm sure they must have regulations in Norway on that being such a progressive country.
    The source is a PDF from a sports lawyer. Don't ask too many questions! ;) It's right out of Norway's books.
    Perhaps you can find it also on Google if it's on the net somewhere.
  5. Jabinho

    Jabinho New Member

    May 29, 2004
    There are many sites like this you may or may not be aware of.. A lot of them have message boards where players can exchange info.. etc.. Even ask questions of agents, clubs, etc.. But better than this is just finding a good pro agent or agency who will answer questions. If they won't talk to you at all without paying then that's a good sign they are not good.. Same thing with "Hollywood".. If they want money up front.. Run away!! ;)

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