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Unemployment benefit

To be entitled to unemployment benefit, your working hours must usually have been reduced by at least 50 per cent. You must meet the general requirements for unemployment benefit in Norway and be willing to do any kind of work. As a main rule, you must live or reside in Norway.

To receive unemployment benefit, you must be registered as a job seeker at www.nav.no or at your  NAV Local Services. You must then complete the Unemployment Benefit Claim Form. School pupils and students are, as a rule, not entitled to unemployment benefit.

You may be entitled to unemployment benefit if you are temporarily laid off. Your working hours must have been reduced by at least 50 per cent. For persons who are temporarily laid-off in the fish processing industry, their working hours must have been reduced by at least 40 per cent. If you are a frontier worker, you can stay in your country of residence while receiving unemployment benefit from Norway. Cross-border workers are persons who live in one country and work in another and who travel to their country of residence at least once a week.

Entitlements to unemployment benefit earned in another EEA country can be transferred to Norway using form PD U1/SED U002/U004 from the country where you used to work. You must be able to document that you have become unemployed in Norway. It will be sufficient for you to document that you have become unemployed through no fault of your own after having worked for at least one day.

It is a condition that the entitlements you have earned in the country you move from also entitle you to unemployment benefit in Norway. You must also meet the general conditions for entitlement to unemployment benefit in Norway.

On certain conditions, you may keep your Norwegian unemployment benefit for up to three months while you are applying for a job in another EEA country. You must then submit a claim in writing using the application form NAV 04-02.01 for a PD U2 certificate. This certificate entitles you to stay in another country as a job seeker while receiving unemployment benefit from Norway.

If you are job seeking in Norway while receiving unemployment benefit from another EEA country, you must bring form PD U2 with you from the country from which you receive employment benefit. Or NAV must be sent SED U008 by the authorities in the country from which you are entitled to receive unemployment benefit. You must register as a job seeker when you arrive in Norway and comply with the Norwegian rules that apply to registration as a job seeker with NAV, i.e. submit an employment status form every 14 days to your  NAV Local Services. 

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Unemployment benefits

Call NAV's service center 55 55 33 33