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Norway to Provide Temporary Collective Protection to Seasonal Workers & Ukrainian Students

The Norwegian government has announced that it will provide protection for all Ukrainians who were in Norway before the war started.

In a statement issued on April 20, the government also stated that the Norwegian residence permits of many Ukrainians living in this country are about to expire, including people studying or working in Norway, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“The government is now proposing to extend the temporary collective protection scheme to other groups. An extension of the scheme of temporary collective protection will also include people who are in Norway as seasonal workers,” the government has announced.

According to the government, this solution will also help this particular group to become asylum seekers.

On March 14, authorities in Norway announced that they had decided to further facilitate entry rules for Ukrainian citizens fleeing the war in their home country.

Based on this, the Norwegian government has made sure that citizens of Ukraine seeking international protection in Norway will have the right to register in several places in the country.

Seeing the growing number of asylum seekers from Ukraine has pushed the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) to constantly work to increase the number of reception places.

In this regard, the Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion, May Persen, said that persons who are offered temporary protection in Norway would be able to work without any special restrictions.

“A residence permit, according to the rules on protection, also gives more rights in Norway than a seasonal permit. For example, it gives the right to family immigration and to participate in the introductory program,” Minister Person pointed out.

She also asserted that the temporary exemption from the residence permit application will ensure that seasonal workers continue to work for the same employer to earn money while waiting for a new residence permit.

Previously, the Norwegian government implemented a temporary collective protection scheme on March 11 this year for displaced persons from Ukraine. The scheme mainly covered Ukrainian citizens who lived in Ukraine before the war started.

The Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Emilie Enger Mehl has also noted that the Norwegian government is in the process of considering expanding the circle of persons covered by the temporary protection scheme. According to her, the permit can also be renewed if the situation in Ukraine continues.

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