No further labour immigration-based residence applications from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are to be granted amongst suspicions of fraud.
Norwegian officials say the move follows reports from their embassies in these three countries alleged suspicious activity.
A scheme introduced in 2010 allows people who come from outside the EU six-month temporary residence permits to look for a job in Norway if they have valid documentation and have the necessary qualifications.
Approximately involving 1,000 of total 1,200 applications have been received from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the first six months of 2012, but embassy personnel believe some people have been using false documentation to fulfil criteria for residency, however, Aftenposten reports.
Moreover, at least 100 jobseekers are thought to have given an address in the centre of Oslo. The innocent third party, the owner, asserts these people have never showed up to reside there.
Minister of Labour Hanne Bjurstrøm declared, “There is no basis of saying that many have been granted a residence permit in error”, but told the paper “it is reasonably clear that this is fraud.”
“There will be an assessment of how important it is to meet Norwegian employers’ desire to secure skilled labour in light of how much effort and resources have to be used separating the serious from the non-genuine job applicants.”
Whilst applications from other countries will still be processed, the two-year-old scheme may be modified.
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