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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

Ukrainian refugees living in private homes (outside reception centres) can receive financial support for subsistence and other municipal services โ€ฏuntil they are settled by the Directorate for Integration and Diversity (IMDi).

Norwegian Government is offering financial aid to Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian citizens registered as a student or PHD candidate at a Norwegian university, university college or vocational school. You can read more about the scheme here mceclip0.png.

Ukrainians who are unable to provide for themselves receive the right to financial assistance to cover basic needs: food, accommodation, access to medical services, primary, secondary and higher education. However, it is worth considering the fact that in terms of the cost of living, Norway belongs to the "most expensive" countries in the world, so all other needs will have to be provided by our citizens at their own expense, and that it will cost significantly more than in other European countries. Monthly payments at the rate of Norwegian kroner are approximately EUR 1,800 per adult, but the program may be adjusted over time.

Financial support is also provided to Ukrainians participating in the familiarization program and to children.

How do I set up a bank account?

A Ukrainian citizen should be able to open an account in a Norwegian bank without any problem. DNB (the biggest bank in Norway) provides bank accounts even to refugees who donโ€™t have valid ID. Other banks might request the following documents:

  • passport or other valid proof of identity (ID);
  • card for asylum seekerโ€™ or residence permit;
  • a D number (temporary identification number) and a postal address.
How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?

You can withdra cash at ATMs or at the bank. However, as Norway goes mostly cashless, you can almost always use a card. If you want to exchange your currency, you can do this at the bank or the local exchange office. Often you will get the best excahnge rate by using credit cards at the cash machine. It is even normal here to withdraw cash in stores as you purchase groceries, gasoline etc. It is advisable to have cash when using public transportation, such as bus, tram, metro, etc.

How do I pay taxes in a country?

If you stay in Norway for more than 183 days during a twelve-month period cumulatively, you will become a tax resident in Norway. The same applies if you stay in Norway for more than 270 days during a thirty six-month period cumulatively.

To pay tax you need a tax deduction card. The tax deduction card shows how much tax your employer should deduct before you are paid. You must give your tax deduction card to your employer. Foreign workers who come to Norway must go in person to a tax office to obtain a tax deduction card.

Generally, any income defined as income from work (including most income that replaces income from work, such as social benefits, pensions, etc.) which is subject to Norwegian taxation requires a tax deduction card.

Passive income (rental income, bank deposit, etc.) which is subject to Norwegian taxation should not require a tax deduction card.

If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?

In this case, individual consultation with a professional lawyer is necessary.

How can I send money back to Ukraine?

You can transfer money from Norway to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.

For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, Moneygram, Wise, Revolut, Paypal) are often a cheaper and faster alternative.