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SateliteDish posted Illness/Benefits in Norway on the Norway forum on October 31, 2014:
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
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Jonty replied to the thread mechanical technician jobs IN NORWAY on the Norway forum on October 29, 2014:
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 on October 29, 2014 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 and this ) 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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Tazzbaby replied to the thread Still having problems in Norway after 25 years paying tax there on the Norway forum on October 24, 2014:
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 on October 24, 2014 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)
a10chin replied to the thread 10% Stanard tax Deduction - Skatt on the Norway forum:
Ky initially posted:
Hi all, I apologize in advance if this topic has already been seriously exhausted, however I am under a bit of a time crunch.. First off, I am Canadian. I have been granted my family immigration permit since 17.11.2011. However I did not begin working until Feb.2012. I was wondering about the 10% tax deduction for the first 2 years in Norway. I did receive it for my 2012 tax return, but am now being told I cannot claim this deduction for 2013 tax period, as I lived in Norway in 2011. Therefore this deduction only applied to tax year 2011 and 2012. BUT, I wonder how this is possible, as I did not work in 2011 (aka:did not earn or pay taxes). I was certain the 10% deduction was for the first 2 years of employment in Norway.. OR atleast the first 24 months lliving here (from the date of receiving my reseidence permit). Does anyone have a similar story or advice? Thanks in advance. K-
a10chin replied most recently with:
Hi Ky, I found some info that I thought might be helpful: Tax resident If you stay in Norway for more than 183 days during a 12-month period or for more than 270 days during a 36-month period, you will be liable to tax in Norway on all your capital and income pursuant to Norwegian tax rules. You are then ‘tax resident’ in Norway. You first become tax resident in Norway from the income year in which your stay exceeds 183 or 270 days. If you come to Norway in October one year and stay until June the year after, you have ‘limited tax liability’ in the first year and are ‘tax resident’ the following year.,%20skattekort%20og%20selvangivelse%20en.pdf I hope this helps!
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lFreddy posted Moving from Macedonia to Norway on the Norway forum:
Hi, I wanted to ask if there is any possibility for me to move and work in Norway. I am together with my girlfriend (she's from Norway) for almost two years. If there is any possibility, I am open for any answers. Macedonia is still in negotiation about entering EU if that is any valuable information.
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adm 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
adm replied most recently with:
Just want to provide some further info here for others who may read this: While tazzbaby's response is probably correct for mamaprase, it doesn't apply to everyone. It depends on which country you are from. If you don't need a visa to enter Norway in the first place (under the Schengen agreement for example) then you can apply for family reunification from outside Norway and then enter Norway afterwards. I'm Australian, and I've just done this last week. I just made sure I got it in writing from UDI before applying.
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Hi mamaprase, to answer your question. The rules in Norway are that once you begin the process depends on where you applied. If you applied inside of Norway, you cannot set foot outside of Norway until you receive your residency permit. If you leave you will automatically forfeit the process. Now if you apply outside of Norway then you will not be able to enter Norway during the process at all, and again if you do you forfeit the process. As for returning to your home country, I am not sure if that is possible even if you applied outside Norway, you would have to search the rules thoroughly. If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't make any moves until you have those papers in hand, good luck
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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 most recently with:
Hi Terry, Thank you so much for the information and web sites. Connie
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Well to be honest, with your skills you should have no problem finding work here, try finding a job and let them sponsor you on a work visa, and you can apply for residency once you are solid in a position, and you still wish to stay. I will hook you up to several sites to search employment. (temp to perm) (temp) When finding what you wish to apply to, send a resume and cover letter, as well as a descriptive intro letter explaining that you wish to move here from Alaska, so are hoping to obtain a permanent position and work visa. I hope this helps and I wish you lots of luck. Terry
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