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Strand posted Moving to Kragero on the Norway forum on September 02, 2014:
Looking for expats living in the Kragero area for a coffee and chat, looking to relocate there within a year, partner already lives there.
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Jilks posted permission to remove from Norway on the Norway forum:
I need to ask for permission to remove from Norway to go back to the UK. I have a young baby daughter from a Norwegian man and am living here in Norway. He kidnapped our daughter for 2 months not letting me see her and soon I am to have custody again after the courts descision. This man has been violent towards me and I can not take contact with his family . I am going to try to get permission from the court to leave to UK. The father works 9 months of the year with little time to see his daughter apart from the summer. Anyone been through this?
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Jilks posted permission to remove from Norway on the Norway forum:
Has anybody applied for permission to remove from Norway through the courts? I have to do this as I have a baby from a Norwegian man, and am at the moment living in Norway. I wish to return with my daughter to the UK as she has been kidnapped by the father . The court is bringing her back to me next week, then I need to file domestic violence from the father. It would be very difficult to have contact with the fathers family after this and the father is busy working 9 months of the year rarely having time to see his daughter apart from the summer. Just wondered if anyone had tried to go through the courts before.
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Ky replied to the thread Permit Times/UDI on the Norway forum:
StephA initially posted:
Hi Everyone, I have just recently come across this forum and found some useful information. I am wondering if I can please ask some of your experiences with processing times for permits. I have applied for family immigration with my husband who is a Norwegian citizen, I am American. We applied and provided all documents about two months ago, but have yet to hear anything. I am just wondering if anyone has recently applied for family immigration and what your experience with the processing times (especially anyone coming from the US) has been. I am so anxious to be reunited with my husband, as he is already there. Thank you for your time. Best Regards, Steph
Ky replied most recently with:
HI Steph. I see you have already gotten some great advice. As others said, if all your paperwork was in order, there should be no issues. I am from Canada, and as I'm sure you know, not being from an EU country has some different rules. 2 years ago my Family Immigration Permit took 9 months to be approved. But luckily I applied from within Norway, and was able to stay with my Norwegian husband during the wait. The only advice I can give is to follow up every month or so. It doesnt hurt to confirm and RE-confirm that everything is in order. It has been known that paperwork does get misplaced. Good luck!! K-
Vita replied most recently with:
Thanks for your support Tazzbaby, it's a pretty valuable for me now. Unfortunately we are not under category of people who are allowed to wait for an answer in Norway, so it seems that we don't have that much choice as to be just patient. Some other people say that usually 9 months is a maximum deadline for case consideration but sometimes UDI approves earlier than that. I don't know, I do pray for miracle to happen :-) By the way, so far we are planning to move to Norway only while he is student but life is so unpredictable that nobody knows how plans will be changed later. Tazzbaby thank you very much again for your time and attention to my concerns.
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rocky63it replied to the thread Can a family of 3 live off this salary? on the Norway forum:
klerka initially posted:
I'm considering a job offer in Oslo, I'd be earning about 700,000 per year before tax. Is this enough for 1 adult + 2 young children to live comfortable in Oslo, considering I would be spending 1,200 euros per months on school fees? Thanks! The prices in Norway are kind of scary.
rocky63it replied most recently with:
I would guess that with a single income it will be pretty low. I have a higher income, we are four but most of the cost is for housing. Downtown Oslo, and surrounding area cannot be cheaper than 18000 - 25000 NOK/month. Depends very much on your level of living, Honestly, and I regret to disappoint you, I would say that with the 1200 €/month fees it will be difficult to make ends meet. Good luck, anyway! Roberto
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pianoteacher posted Piano Lessons in Kristiansand on the Norway forum:
Hello, We are back in Norway and offering piano lessons, voice lessons, and academic tutoring in the Kristiansand area for the fall semester. Check for more information. Best Regards, Dwight
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School Bergen in Bergen, Norway
Review-of-International School Bergen
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
I would think twice before enrolling my child the buildings are old and unkempt and the curriculm is not up to international standards (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I have been a parent at ISB and can say I have had enough of the poor facility weak management and limited options for my kids. And considering the comment above, parents are voting with their feet, in 2012 they had 205 plus kids now they have 155-60. They closed the IB Diploma and seem about to close the entire High School. To make matters worse the local Norwegian school that offers the IB Diploma now will not except ISB students as they say they are not prepared! So if you leave ISB MYP you must now do a prep year to get ready for IB Diploma! So you miss a year! As for teachers some are great , some OK and , some downright awful, but that is any school. As for the troublesome teacher listed above she was at least one of the better staff. Last year I met the former Chairmen of the board in Scotland and she told me the reason she left Bergen was that the school was not good. I have placed my children in local schools and have found them much better, much cheaper and the students friendlier. But we speak Norwegian so it an easy transition . If you are in Bergen only for a few years it is the only English option and ok in the short term. But Stevanger has much better International schools.
A reader replied recently with:
I have children at ISB, and figured I should write something to counter the negativity of the posts here. Many parents at the school would tell you of a very small minority of parents affiliated with one particular staff member (now former, thank God!), who liked nothing more than to spread lies about the school and cause dissent. limited extra-curricular activities -- agreed, but this is the norm for schools in Norway. Children enrol in activities outside of school, or the school helps parents set up activities if they want. A friend of mine had their child in Indian Dance class last year, which was held at the school. Facilities -- yes, facilities need to be updated. I have heard that the school is hoping to move, but that it depends on the city council organizing this. I agree that facilities are important, but of course not as important as my children receiving a good education. Curriculum -- I know two families whose children have gone back to the UK. Both times the children had to write tests to get into schools, and both times they succeeded. One family with 3 children all got into the school they wanted. ISB is an IB school, so they get visits from the IB team every few years. Part of those visits is making sure the curriculum is up to standard. Besides the families in the UK, I have friends who have returned to India and Canada, and the transitions have been fine. It's true that the PYP classes at ISB don't use textbooks, but that is true of most if not all PYP IB schools. If you want textbook learning, which means one way of learning for everyone, then don't go to an IB school! I asked another parent about the number of textbooks in the MYP classes, and she said every student has a the comment that there aren't enough textbooks in the MYP is deceptive, to put it kindly. English school for Norwegian students -- ISB does have a lot of Norwegian students. From talking to parents, they come to the school because they are not happy with Norwegian schools. Norwegian schools do not emphasize academics as much as ISB does, and are notorious for being too laissez-faire when it comes to children's behaviour. Parents come to ISB for an international education and more structure for their children. They do not use a structured literacy program, such as Jolly Phonics, Letterland, etc -- That is true from what I know. But my children learned to read and write at ISB and I had no problems with the strategies used by the teachers. I'm not sure slavishly following only one programme would work for every student. They also do not have a structured numeracy curriculum in the PYP -- This is a lie. I have been sent the math curriculum and it is very structured, sane you would find at any school. I'm not sure how the writer of this comment would think otherwise. Perhaps they can offer proof? Most of the teachers have very little international experience -- This is not true. My children have teachers who have worked in overseas schools, including Middle East, Europe, United States, Asia. Teachers are qualified and many have been at the school for many years. The school leadership is very poor -- See above when I wrote of a particular disgruntled former staff member and a minority group of parents. Many parents including myself find the management team to be approachable and eager to work with parents. Many families who would like their children to have a good education are extremely frustrated with the school's attitude and look for other options -- again , proof of this? are they marching in the back alleys, because I don't see them or hear of them.:)
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GILLY58 posted Coffee and chat on the Norway forum:
Hubby started working in stavanger in March at the moment I'm on to my third visit !! Would like to stay longer but looking to see if there's any English ladies about !! We lived all over the Middle East for many yrs, Milan, holland and now Norway !! I'm English hubby scottish and we live normally in Scotland. Would love to hear from any one who fancies a coffee naturally ladies only !
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Expat Report Culture Shock in Stavanger, Norway by 2jh6lh was published
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
There's not much advice to give, really. All I can say is that it happens to everyone. The best you can do is know it's coming and prepare to be homesick. If you can, learn the language beforehand. Read up on some rules or read about the culture if you can, and that is really the most well-prepared you can be. (Continue)
m2012no replied to the thread Working with a TR in Norway now asked to work in Denmark on the Norway forum:
m2012no initially posted:
Hi, I have a non EU passport and working in Norway over temporary residence with a company in IT and that company wants me to take up the assignment in Denmark since its a short term move for 6 months: 1. Do i need to give up my TR? 2. What happens to my status when I'm required to register with Danish authority? 3. My bank account, salary my family and all compensations will be in Norway? Need to understand the implicaitons and my rights. Thanks
m2012no replied most recently with:
Thanks, got the same answer from a tax helping company.
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Hi, I am not 100% sure how you would go about this, but I do know another user here that worked out the country on a regular basis and she had major tax issues as well as no place to call home (she lived in Norway for 20+ years and owned a home here as well). I can tell you that the requirements to keep any residency visa in Norway, you MUST and I mean MUST physically LIVE in Norway 6 full months of the 365 day in a year, you must reside here for 183 days of the year. And there is no way around this law I can tell you that. If I were you I would tell them only if it lasts for 180 days to be on the safe side of things.... I wish you luck though.
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