No, not the UFO kind, the immigration kind.
It’s been a while since I talked about the immigration process and it’s time for an update! I have FINALLY gotten my Norwegian personal number (the equivalent of a Social Security number). This means that I can FINALLY open a Norwegian bank account. Here is the rough timeline of the steps that I had to go through to get to this point:
August 19: registered for a residence card at the police station
August 22: received my residence card in the mail
September 2: Registered at the Tax Office (note when getting a ticket stub to wait in line hit Public Registration, NOT the option that says something about taxes)
September 19: Received my personal number in the mail and registered for a bank account
As you can see, it’s taken about a month to get to this point. This also means that when I was emailing the wiring instructions to the Fulbright Office it was hard not to end every sentence with ten exclamation points (don’t worry in the end there were no exclamation points to be found). But this is really exciting! I can finally get my stipend from the last few months, as well as the travel money that I’m owed for my flight to Norway.
Furthermore, because I had so much time to kill before I could open a bank account, I had plenty of time to consider my bank options. In the end, I decided to go with DNB since it has a great reputation and, perhaps even more importantly, pretty much every page of their website has an English version. Using Google Translate for my online banking was something I wanted to avoid at all costs.
Opening the bank account itself was pretty easy and I was walked through everything I needed to know at the bank. DNB also has some really easy ways to start investing, so hopefully I’ll be able to do that in my year here. The last thing to know about the banking process is that the bank told me it could take up to a week for me to actually receive my debit card and online banking information in the mail. While it’s still a bit of a bummer to wait another week for everything to arrive, it’s great to finally be done cutting through most of the red tape.