Visitor’s visa and residence permit

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.

Schengen visitor visa to Norway – Important information

Limited Schengen visa capacity

The visa section has a limited capacity during the high season, and therefore limited number of cases can be accepted daily. Please note that all visa appointments can be solely booked through VFS.

VFS releases available appointment slots every Friday evening for the coming week, with bookings available on a first come first serve basis.

We advise all prospective applicants to check for appointment slots and book as available.

Business travelers and applicants who need to travel on an emergency basis can contact the Embassy visa-section directly if they are not able to get appointments. Contact can only be done through this e-mail address: 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.  


Common Information Sheet for Schengen Visa Applicants in India

Citizens of india (holding a Indian passport) need to apply for a visitor's visa to enter Norway. If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you need to apply for a residence permit to enter Norway. 

  • The Embassy also handles applications from
    • Both visa and residence: Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives going to Norway.
    • Visitors visa for applicants from Nepal going to Iceland.
    • Visitors visa for applicants from Sri Lanka going to Sweden or Iceland.
    • Both visa and residence: for applicants from Sri Lanka going to Denmark

All applications must be handed in, in person, at one of the local VFS application centers. Please note that it is mandatory to book appointment. All applications will be sent to the Embassy in New Delhi, before forwarded to UDI for processing.

Applicants residing in the Maldives or Bhutan need to submit their application at a Norwegian visa center in Sri Lanka or India.

Please note that it is mandatory to give biometrics when applying for residence permit to Norway. 

All questions should be addressed to VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

The handling time for appeals is more than 3 months. For further information on handling time for appeals please check UDI's website here.

As long as your passport isn't returned to VFS, the decision has not been made. The Embassy cannot give further details about the status of an application. 

Important reminders:

  • Do not pay for any bookings before a visa has been issued.
  • Do not apply for multiple entries unless you can document a need for it.
    • A multiple entry visa is only necessary if you need to leave the Schengen area (Schengen / the Schengen area - UDI) and return during the same trip or have multiple trips within a short period of time.
    • You do not need a multiple entry visa to travel to several countries in the Schengen area on the same trip.
    • Please note that Svalbard, Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not part of the Schengen area.
    • We will not issue multiple entry visas unless the need for one is documented according to the Visa Coda article 24 (2)  or (2c)  are fulfilled.
  • EU/EEA family members can apply directly at the Embassy and pay no visa fee. Please check UDI website here Information about the EU/EEA regulations - UDI to check if you fall under these specific rules.
  • Please note, we do not respond to visa enquiries on social media. All telephone enquiries regarding visas should be routed to VFS. For email enquiries check the instructions below. For email enquiries see the e-mail contact information at the bottom of the page.


The Embassy has registered that some of our applicants have technical difficulties when paying the visa fee on the UDI Application Portal while submitting their visa applications. We advice our applicants to check with their bank if cards issued are updated in line with EU regulations regarding payment security.
Unfortunately the Embassy is unable to assist in this regard. Otherwise, we encourage trying cards from a different bank or asking your reference in Norway to pay on your behalf.