My business plan that I wrote to apply for a Norwegian self-employed person visa arrived in the mail today. I’m not the best at writing these things, so it took most of attention during July (the reason the blog was a bit quiet). Not to mention I had to re-learn InDesign for making the layout, I guess I didn’t remember much after not using the program for 6 years. As the business will be photography, I had it printed as a book, 28 pages total, from Blurb.com
My Plan is to start photography tours and workshops on the Lofoten islands, as well as live there. I’m also going to work on a book that covers a year on the islands.
I only have one problem. I can’t apply for the visa yet as I don’t have a residence in Norway. But to get a residence in Norway, you sort of need to be allowed to live in Norway. No one is likely to rent to me on a 3 month tourist visa. And I have to apply for the visa from here in California, which can take 2-3 months to process. And even if I managed to somehow find a place in Norway there’s no guarantee I’ll get the work visa anyhow, so it could end up just being a big waste of money, which I don’t have enough of to waste. It’s all a big frustrating circle. I called the Norwegian consulate to try and get some answers, but they weren’t especially helpful. I actually got the feeling that she thought I was rather stupid for even trying.
I’m not giving up until I get a definite ‘no’ for an answer though. And if I do, I’ll re-organize and apply again, and again, and again… I figure that after a few years they’ll get so tired of hearing from me they’ll just let me in so I go away!
I’m thinking of heading to Lofoten in Sept./Oct. to take a look around and see if I manage to come up with any solutions.