Norway Self-Employed Visa

Self-employed people and freelancers can move to Norway with a Residence Visa for Self-Employed Person.


  • Bring family
  • Path to Permanent Residence in 3 years
  • Renewable after 1 year
  • High standard of living
  • One of world’s happiest countries
  • Dramatic nature


Self-employed people can move to Norway and experience the Northern Lights, beautiful fjords, camping in plentiful natural parks, dramatic artic tundra, and some of the world’s best salmon. Norway consistently rates among the world’s happiest countries and is considered one of the best places in the world to live.

This visa suits freelancers and self-employed people who operate a sole proprietorship. They should have a legitimate reason to operate a business in Norway, so Norwegian clients or projects help with approval.


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  • $27,025 per year income
  • University degree and other qualifications necessary to run your business
  • Business interests and work in Norway
  • Relevant local business permits

Only sole proprietors qualify for this visa, not employed remote workers




Gather your documents and fill out the application form in the online portal.

Then, apply in person with your documentation at your local Norwegian embassy or consulate.

In some cases, you can apply for this permit from within Norway.


Documents required may include:

  • Copy of all used pages in passport
  • Signed cover letter or application form (from online portal)
  • 2 recent passport photos with white background
  • Proof of accommodation in Norway (full address recommended)
  • Educational documentation (such as diploma, transcript, or other documents)
  • Documentation of your work experience, including detailed records from your employers of your tasks and skills
  • CV
  • Detailed business description, including market assessment, sales forecasts, and explanation of your role
  • Business name and location
  • Any necessary permits (or a commitment to obtain permits)
  • Budget (if business is new)
  • 12 months of accounts and bank statements (if business is established)
  • UDI’s document checklist, filled out and signed (from website)
  • Contracts or letters of intent from clients (if applicable)

Documents must be in English or Norwegian. Other documents may be required.