The Government is changing the practice of the National Insurance Scheme’s connection requirements to Norway. This means that more people who have lived abroad will be entitled to social security benefits.Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Høyre/Conservative Party) said in a press release that the change is part of the ongoing clean-up after the Nav case.
“I have previously been clear that there is a good chance that there are several areas where the regulations are practiced incorrectly. As part of the cleanup, we are now changing the practice of the National Insurance Scheme’s connection requirements to Norway,” says Røe Isaksen.
The Minister informed the Storting’s Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs of the change in a letter on Thursday.
He points out that although this case is also EEA related, it is not part of what has become known as the Nav case.
“The change will affect relatively few people. But Nav has to go through about 1,900 cases to find them. It is also important to emphasize that this applies only to people who have been rejected for applications due to short residence time in Norway, or after several years abroad. There is no talk of people who have received unlawful reimbursement demands, or of unlawful prosecution,” Isaksen said.
The change only applies to disability benefits, work assessment allowance and bereavement benefits. This does not apply to other social security benefits, such as old-age pensions, unemployment benefits and sickness benefits.
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