Spouses and own children who, pursuant to the Norwegian National Insurance Act, do not have independent rights to benefits for health care services abroad, can apply for voluntary membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. The application must be sent to NAV Social Insurance and Contributions (Nav Medlemskap og avgift). A spouse is considered to be
- a person who has entered into marriage pursuant to the Norwegian Marriage Act or has entered into marriage abroad that is recognised in Norway
- a cohabitant where the cohabiting couple have or have had joint children, or were previously married to one another
Children refers to people under the age of 18.
If the stay is intended to be for less than one year and the accompanying spouse is not working, the spouse shall retain membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and will be considered a tourist. This means that the accompanying spouse is not entitled to coverage of expenses for health care services in the country of study and has to take out private insurance. The spouse is still entitled to health care services in Norway.
Benefits from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund are intended to support one person. As a student with a loan from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, you are therefore considered to be the provider for your own children, but not your spouse.