Performance Of Work Without A Residence Permit Is A Legal Offence

BREXIT alert: UK nationals – working or are to work in Norway

Performance of work without a residence permit is a legal offence and may lead to a criminal liability for both the employee and employer. The employee may be expelled from Norway and the Schengen-area on the grounds of illegal work. Brexit has caused an extensive change of the entry permit and ability to work in Norway for United Kingdom nationals and it is not easy to keep up with the changes.

Make sure that your employee or the rented/seconded employee hold a residence permit with license to work.


UK citizen – employed by a company resident outside of EU/EEA

From 1st January 2021 seconded/rented employee(s) are not allowed to work in Norway without a residence permit. They can stay in Norway for up to 90 days in a 6 month’s period, but they are not allowed to work.  The consequences may lead to expulsion and lose the right to return to Norway for either a limited period or permanently period.

The border control will check the passport at arrival and departure, and if the stay exceeds 90 days and no valid permit is registered the employee may face an expulsion of a minimum of 6 months.


UK citizen - employed by a Norwegian company

We will also draw your attention to the fact that all UK nationals legally resident in Norway prior to 1st  January 2021, including those who have previously registered, must apply for a new residence permit under Norwegian Brexit regulations.

Persons employed locally by a Norwegian company or a global company with permanent establishment in Norway need to apply for a resident permit within 31st December 2021.

If you need any assistance or any guidelines related to the legal aspect, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will do our best to make sure that you do not loose out of important knowledge as a consequence of Brexit.

Make sure that you are prepared and do not miss out of manpower due to Brexit.

More Brexit information

Contact: May-Liz Rasmussen