What is the change? Norway has increased its minimum salaries for foreign nationals seeking residence permits for work purposes.

What does the change mean? The new thresholds are 397,100 Norwegian kroner (about US$44,852 or €40,504) per year (pretax) for positions requiring a bachelor’s degree and 428,200 kroner per year (pretax) for positions requiring a master’s degree.

  • Implementation time frame: July 2019 through June 2020. Salary thresholds are adjusted on an annual basis.
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits for work purposes.
  • Who is affected: Employers sponsoring foreign employees for residence permits for work.
  • Business impact: The increases are about 1.5 percent above last year’s thresholds.

Background: Foreign employees working in Norway must not only be paid the salary minimums listed above, but must also be provided the same working conditions as Norwegian nationals. Foreign nationals also must be paid the salary required by collective bargaining agreements (if applicable) for the work they will be doing.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should make sure they are in compliance with the new salary minimums.

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