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Constance201 replied to the thread Moving and working in Norway on the Norway forum:
Constance201 initially posted:
I work in the Oil Industry in Alaska and would like to get a job in Norway. Do you have any suggestions?
Constance201 replied on November 10, 2014 with:
Is it possible to move to Norway without a job, then get a job and work visa?
Constance201 replied on November 03, 2014 with:
Thank you so much for your help.
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I am looking for people who are studiung or living next to Norwegian University Campus who can tell me about spaces, squares etc, outdoor in University campus (for example NMBu), where students spend time, why they spend time in this place? Please reply as soon as possible .
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Tazzbaby replied to the thread US student continuing education on the Norway forum:
mkmcches initially posted:
Hi, I'm a US student with an associates degree in Liberal Arts but I have training as an EMT (with a national certification) I want to move to Norway to live with my boyfriend and finish my degree there. I'm slowly learning Norwegian but as of now i know the bare basics of the language. What schools are there for nursing/paramedics? And how do you apply for them? Many thanks
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Hi MK, number one, you must be engaged to be married in order to move here with him, unless you come on a student visa. But to live here permanently, you must marry him within 6 months of being approved. I would advise you to go to the UDI site for all rules and regulations, as there are only a few ways to come here and they are; engagement visa, student visa, family visa (a child under 18 of a Norwegian resident), work visa or seeking assylum. I wish you luck and if you need any help regarding an engagement visa, please feel free to pm me, as I am an american married to a Norwegian, so have been through it.
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Jonty replied to the thread Illness/Benefits in Norway on the Norway forum:
SateliteDish initially posted:
Hello guys, I started working for an oil company in Norway 2 years ago. After a year I became ill, so for 12 months I have been paid sick pay by my employer (which they get reimbursed by the govt). I am due soon to start getting by by NAV.Has anybody been through this experience because I'm very uncertain about what will happen and what will become of me. cheers
Jonty replied most recently with:
My advice would be to do everything in writing and, if NAV don't play ball, post updates here. It'll all become clear soon enough how you'll be treated. Also, please tell us if you're an EU citizen and if you were allowed onto the Folkregister. If not, why. The tax authorities have completely different criteria for deciding if you must pay taxes in Norway to those used to decide if you live in Norway for the purposes of receiving anything in return for your contributions to the Norwegian national insurance scheme. The usual routine is you are refused benefits, have to fight for years to get nothing then, just before you die, Norway feigns concern and gets someone to talk to you who sounds caring and does absolutely nothing except say, in a pained way "hmm, this shouldn't happen but it's very complicated. Have you tried contacting a doctor?" ... you get the idea ... it might be a good idea to cover yourself by sending a letter to where you are likely to be treated asking if you will be invoiced if you are treated there. Yes. Foreigners in Norway 100% paid up with their national insurance contributions get invoices for thousands of pounds which are then passed on to debt collectors who pass everything onto the police ... whilst the patient is seeing doctors in their native country ... and yes, I can prove ALL of this.
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
In Norway you will only receive 66% of your income after the full year of sick pay. My husband has a chronic illness so I know this to be fact. Your pay should be much higher than his so you should be ok to live month to month frugally.
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pianoteacher replied to the thread Norwegian Translate on the Norway forum:
SateliteDish initially posted:
Does anybody know a good cheap Norwegian/English translation subject, I've got two letters from NAV about 3 pages each totalling around 2550 words ? Cheers
pianoteacher replied most recently with:
You could try going to the NAV office locally and see if they will explain the letters to you in English. For most forms/applications NAV has en English version, so they might even re-issue the letters in English if you ask.
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Google translate will do the best job translating to English, but don't try it the other way around lol. There might be a few words that don't translate and tha't because there is none directly, as Norwegians have some words that mean something in a round about way :) goodluck
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Jonty replied to the thread mechanical technician jobs IN NORWAY on the Norway forum:
buabengsolomon initially posted:
can anyone help with how to get job in norway in the oil and gas industry or refinery as an immigrant with working permit.
Jonty replied most recently with:
It seems a sensible idea until you try it. I really wouldn't bother. Even if you get your qualifications recognised and get a job (read this http://www.google.co.uk/url?url=http://www.newsinenglish.no/2012/11/09/norwegian-firms-called-racist/&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ei=5e9QVLbEOoHpywPLgIGABw&ved=0CBQQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNGIJsG3h7cE8ZIKsNcE91bW6pq9Lg and this http://www.google.co.uk/url?url=http://www.aftenbladet.no/energi/aenergy/Norway-businesses-would-rather-hire-Norwegians-3201482.html&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ei=5e9QVLbEOoHpywPLgIGABw&ved=0CBsQFjAB&usg=AFQjCNG7zbVNBSknXha4TGXe5cctI1_u1w ) you still end up tax liable to a country where you are unlikely to be allowed to settle. I'd worked and paid tax in Norway for 10 years when, 6 months after my son was born in Norway, to a Norwegian Mum, my residence permit application was refused on the grounds I wasn't in Norway for more than 3 months at a time. That carried more weight than all the work I'd done in Norway, all the taxes I'd paid, the fact I'd bought a house and lived there with my Norwegian girlfriend and our son. FAR too much has to go right before you have a chance to actually settle in Norway. Norway's tendency to find pretexts for giving foreign workers nothing in return for their national insurance contributions is well known. Norway is almost constantly being taken to court over it.
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Jonty initially posted:
1. Still trying to get "pension points" awarded for 433,000,00,- worth of taxes deducted at source from my gross salary between 1989 and 1996. That was a "special tax scheme" for non-resident foreigners. 2. I bought a house in Norway, registered a business, got a residence permit, signed onto the Folkregister. 18 months later, after becoming a Dad to a Norwegian son, born to a norwegian Mum, in Norway, the residence permit (which needed renewing) was refused so I had to come off the Folkregister. That denies you access to any benefits in Norway in return for your National Insurance contributions. 3. Being off the Folkregister, I go back to the "special tax for foreigners" and a few years later, when I don't get paid, I find out the company who have been deducting the taxes haven't been passing them on to the tax collector. I'm fined for non-payment of taxes with interest added as, after the initial "special foreigners' tax" deductions at source, the house I own in Norway (a country I am abliged to leave every 3 months as I have no residence permit) has made me tax liable to Norway, a country UDI have refused me permission to live in. being a parent of a Norwegian child, even one of whom you have shared custody doesn't entitle you to a residence permit. Owning a house in Norway goes a long way to making you tax liable to Norway and national Insurance contributions are automatically added to your tax assessment. However, you get nothing in return because you're not entitled to benefits if you're not on the Folkregister which needs you to have a residence permit which I was refused because I "didn't need one" because my work took me out of Norway and I wasn't there more than 3 months at a time. I managed this situation for a while until inevitably, I became ill. With no entitlement to any benefits, a GP (doctor) to co-ordinate the follow up to an operation where my gallbladder was mistaken for a pseudocyst on my pancreas, I had to return to the UK and stop working to receive the "follow up". I got a bill for 60,000,00,- for a week in a Norwegian hospital despite being a fully paid up member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and then failed the Habitual Residency Test in the UK. As late as 2014, I was told I am not entitled to an EU Healthcard or a GP in Norway. The beaurocracy here is horrendous. If you are a middle class, qualified professional comfortably in the system in your native land, you're almost certainly better off where you are than coming to Norway. Coming here you risk your qualifications being useless if your Norwegian isn't deemed up to scratch and, without work, you'll soon find yourself in trouble or doing menial jobs (like the cliche Afghan brain surgeon washing dishes in restaurants) Buy a house here and you risk becoming tax a liable to a country that refuses you permission to live there plus, of course, there's the risk your tax deductions will go missing if you "don't exist". You'll return "home" and discover your previously good credit rating is non-existent, you're being chased by the Norwegian tax authorities for taxes that were taken from your wages but kept by your Norwegian employers. If you're fleeing war, famine, disease and poverty ... Norway will perhaps be a step up for you. You may not be happy here but you MAY be better off if you can keep yourself warm. It's a beautiful country with some fine people but, perhaps this is because Norway never had an "empire", it's not geared up for administering waves of migration and I wouldn't say "case-handling" is a Norwegian strong point. You can expect to wait the best part of a year to get any reply to letters to state bodies. often, you won't get a reply at all especially if the person handling it isn't sure how to proceed. The easy cases involving Norwegians may well be dealt with first. Do take a cruise round the fjords sometime and go as far North as possible. I enjoyed Honningsvag! To keep up to date, google "EFTA""Surveillance""Norway" and you'll see the kind of cases being brought against The Kingdom of Norway, the kind of cases that ended up being taken to the EFTA equivalent of the EU court rather than, for example, Norway deciding it should pay benefits to foreigners who'd worked and paid National Insurance in Norway. It's also worth pointing out that learning Norwegian may not be the best investment you could make with your time and energy. You can't use it anywhere else unlike Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian etc.. in places like Brazil, South America ... places where there's potential for growth.
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Jonty, I am so sorry to hear you are still dealing with such outrageous bullcrap, it truly is a damn shame you have been screwed over so badly. I am married to a norsk man but I haven't been able to find employment as they say unless I learn the language, chances are slim to none to be hired anywhere. I get no help from Norway what-so-ever and nor does my hubby for fully supporting me. I have been forced back into kurs to try learning the language once again, even though I have repeatedly told NAV that GIV sucks at teaching here in Kongsvinger. But I do what I must to be able to return to the work force. My problem is that My husband works but at the moment is out on doctor ordered sick leave, so we don't have extra funds to get out to do things and be amongst the language on a daily basis, and he isn't really able to do so anyways. I go to my S-I-L's a few times a week just to get out the house, but the kids are trying to learn english in school so they would rather I speak english when there, and hubby always speaks english at home. So not hearing the language spoken daily doesn't really healp with what little I manage to gain from norskkurs sadly. After all you have been through though, I am seriously scared to death to work here, between the taxes to Norway and I have heard nightmares of the US double taxing expats. I know there is a tax consultant company who does tax forms for expats, but the charge for this is ridiculously highend and to me would only be lowered tax only to go to them in turn. (as the saying goes, rob Peter to pay Paul?). So I am at a total loss as to what my employment future will hold for me. I do love it here in Norway and wish to continue living here, but if they were to screw me over the coals as they have you, at my age I would be in dire straits for sure.
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pianoteacher replied to the thread Currency Exchange on the Norway forum:
mharris111 initially posted:
Hi Expat Exchange Where are some good places to exchange money in Norway? Do most locals exchange at banks, at currency exchanges or online? Thanks in Advance Matthew Harris
pianoteacher replied most recently with:
We don´t do currency exchange here in Norway directly. We have found it to be cheapest to simply draw out money on our ATM card from our US credit union. You get a better exchange rate that way, and only the 1% cross-border charge that Visa adds on. Our credit union does not charge any ATM fees and the ATMs here don´t either. You would have to check with your bank to see if they charge a fee. If you are going to exchange a large amount (like $10,000.00, then you can have t the money wired to your Norwegian bank account.
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Hubby and I have always found it best to do exchanges at the airport in Oslo (Gardermoen). Not sure if you get any better at a bank if you are a customer, but I do know the banks will rob you blind if you are not a customer ;)
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Tazzbaby replied to the thread Family unification on the Norway forum:
ckontoh initially posted:
I am disabled living in Norway. I got permission based on humantarian ground which qualify me for family unfication, At my health status now I can work , But the requirement is to get some funds before you can unite with your family. Is there no exception to this law for people with disability.
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Hi, sad to say, no there is no exception, you have to prove able to fully support any and all family you intend on bringing here, and only children under the age of 18 are eligible, as well as spouse/fiance'. My sister-in-law is on inability and her fiance is not allowed to stay here until she is fully able to support him. And they even have a 1 year old baby together.
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Expat Report Review of British International School of Stavange (BISS) in Stavanger, Norway was published
Review-of-British International School of Stavange (BISS)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Facilities are good. Lots of extracurricular activities. Great pre-school play areas and they make the most of the local area around them (forest, beach, playcentres etc.) the curriculm is busy and demanding for pre-schoolers and the discipline is more strict than the Norwegian system in general. In pre-school they do seem to watch a fair bit of TV. (Continue)

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