From Monday, the Norwegian government will allow foreigners with a health professional background who live in Norway to work in the health and care sector.
“We are making a change so that people who are in Norway, but who have a limited work permit, can now work if they have a health professional background. We must simply use all the resources,” Minister of Justice Monica Mæland (H) told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
The change applies from Monday and includes, among other things, students in health sciences who are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week and health workers who are only allowed to work in specific positions.
The Ministry of Justice does not have an overview of how many extra people will be able to contribute to the fight against the corona pandemic as a result of the changes.
Still, it estimates that the total number will probably be under 100 people.
Mæland says many foreigners with a health professional background have contacted authorities because they want to work.
“These are people who live and work in Norway and who are currently studying or working. They have a residence permit,” Mæland explained.
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