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Working Holiday

The Working Holiday Agreement between Norway and Canada provides an opportunity for young people to gain international travel and work experience. The permit allows you to travel and work in Norway for one full year, giving you a chance to explore the country and its culture.

Starting August 1st 2015, all applications for a Norwegian residence permit must be submitted in person through our service partner, VFS Global.

Until that time, please mail all your application directly to the Danish Embassy, using the checklists available.


To qualify for the Working Holiday permit you must be a Canadian citizen between 18 and 35 years of age inclusive. Your passport must be valid 3 months after your planned departure from Norway and you will also need to provide proof of sufficient funds and valid travel insurance.

If you qualify for the Working Holiday permit, you can be granted a residence permit for a maximum of 12 months. The primary purpose of your stay must be a holiday, but you can also work during your stay in Norway to earn extra funds to support yourself. You are allowed to work part time or full time, but please note that you can only work for the same employer for a maximum of 6 months. You are also allowed to study or take classes during your stay.

You can only apply for a Working Holiday permit to Norway twice in your life, totalling 2 years of residence.

For more information on the Working Holiday permit please visit the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.


Please note: The document checklist found on the UDI website will be slightly different from the Embassy checklist. It is important that you follow the Embassy checklist carefully.

Due to a representation agreement, Denmark represents Norway in Canada regarding student permits. For this reason, you cannot submit your application online when applying within Canada but must submit the application in paper form. Please click here for more information.


STEP 1: Start the Application
Please download the application form here.

Please note that you can only apply three months before your entry date.

STEP 2: Collect Documents
Please click here for the application document checklist.

Your original passport will be shipped to the Royal Danish Embassy in Ottawa for verification, but will be returned to you via courier (prepaid at VFS), usually within 1-2 weeks.

STEP 3: Submit Application
All applications must be submitted in person through our service partner, VFS Global.

It is not possible to submit your application in any other city.

To book an appointment please click here for the VFS Global booking module.

Addresses for the VFS Global Application Centres can be accessed here.

The Embassy will not contact UDI for status updates until the regular service goal for processing has been surpassed, however you are welcome to forward your status request directly to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. Contact information can be found here.