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.

Citizens of Iran must a apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of Iran need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days.

All applicants are advised to apply for a visa or residence permit at the VFS application center in Doha. Submission of work/residence permits and family reunification - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar.

Biometrics requirements on application.

Persons applying for a residence permit in Norway are required to meet at a VFS application Center to submit their application. Applicants will, in addition to fingerprints and photographs, have to submit a signature when applying for a residence permit with VFS.

Biometric requirements for the different groups of applicants:

Schengen biometric

Where and how to hand in my application?

The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is responsible for handling visa and residence permit applications for Norway for the following countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Qatar.

Tthe Embassy also receives applications for residence from Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for other nationals, please select your country from the list on

VFS Global: VFS' Visa Application Centers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and Qatar are opened. Please visit for more information and to book an appointment.

Interviews: Interviews are being conducted through the VFS Application Centers.

DNA-tests: DNA-tests are being conducted. The missions in Islamabad, Teheran, the UAE and Saudi Arabia will contact the applicant to schedule a date for the DNA- sample to be collected.

General enquiries about visas and residence permit

Please note that The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has a global agreement with VFS Global regarding receiving applications for visa and residence permits, answering phone calls and answering e-mails on behalf of Norwegian Embassies. Therefore, if you have any questions regarding your visa or residence permit to Norway, you must contact VFS Global. The main webpage of VFS Global is From here you can find contact details to the VFS applications centers in the country you want to hand in your application, or you want to contact for questions.

If you have further queries that VFS cannot answer, you may contact the Visa Team at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. You can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, visa section-