Directorate of Immigration (UDI) officials propose improved rules for non-EU labour migrants.
They say this will make it easier for more foreigners to obtain work permits for Norway, and aid businesses fill their shortage of qualified personnel.
UDI director Frode Forfang says this shortage particularly applies to the technical and healthcare sectors.
Business daily Dagens Næringsliv also reports the proposals cover a broad spectrum of sectors, from au pairs to self-employed persons.
One example of the proposed regulations change also applies to researchers, according to Mr Forfang.
“We want to make it simpler to allow them to obtain a residence permit,” he told the paper.
The UDI’s proposal, sent in a letter to the Ministry of Labour, comes just under three months since the Liberal Party (V) suggested making it easier for business to employ foreign staff.
Party leader Trine Skei Grande told NRK at the time, “We need all kinds of labour and with all possible expertise. The companies are best to assess what they need, therefore, more of the power to obtain those they need should lie directly with them.”
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