OK – yes – I had to get to this point at some stage, and now I am here!
Norway has extensive social goods – and we are proud of it (at least I am). This means each family gets 970 crownes per child per month from they are born until they are 18 years old. Per month, that is approximately USD485 – which is money needed for each family. Now – I started hearing rumors suddenly that this payment would stopp if I moved to the US for a year as a visiting scholar – so I did some research to find out.
Well – this rumor appears on the face to be wrong!
Norway and the US has a deal, which means that as a visiting scholar who gets paid from her Norwegian employer during her year abroad, I still am a member of the Norwegian National Insurance (I have to pay for it – but that is part of my income tax anyways) – here is proof: http://www.nav.no/Internasjonalt/Medlemskap+i+folketrygden/Medlemskap+i+folketrygden/Trygdeavtale+med+USA.805386738.cms
BECAUSE I am still a member, due to the aforementioned, I will not lose the USD485 monthly payments even though we are moving out of the country – here is proof of this: http://www.nav.no/Familie/Barnetrygd/Barnetrygd/Barnetrygd+under+opphold+utenfor+E%C3%98S+der+det+foreligger+trygdeavtale.1073747831.cms
UPDATE: see bottom of this post http://researchermomonthemove.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/no-not-included/
Documents are in Norwegian – by the way.
I have sent the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organization – the officials in question here – a mail asking for confirmation of this beforehand! I am also printing out hard copies of these two documents – since I have experience with web-pages suddenly changing in light of my questions LOL
NEXT UP: Tax authorities – because apparantly – I am supposed to have to pay ONLY the Norwegian National Insurance fee while in the US and NO ADDITIONAL TAXES because of this cool deal we have with the US.