As of the 20th of June 2019, all applications for visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway must be submitted to the visa application centre in Tel Aviv run by VFS Global. Furthermore, applications submitted in Israel will from this date be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, which will become a regional hub for immigration from the Middle East and North Africa.
The application requirements remain the same, but there are some changes you should be aware of:
- Where to apply?
Starting 20th of June 2019, all applicants must meet and apply in person at the VFS Global application centre:
Norway Visa Application Centre
47th Floor, Midtown Commerce, 144 Menachem Begin
Tel Aviv, Israel
(same location as the Germany and Canada Visa Application Centre)
- Introduction of a service fee and courier fee
As before, there will be an application fee payable online when you register your application in the Application Portal. What is new, is that applications submitted in Israel also will be subject to a service fee and a courier fee charged by VFS to cover transportation of the application documents between the visa application centre and the embassy in Amman. These fees are payable to VFS Global on your application day.
- Extended waiting time for Schengen visa to Norway
The processing time for Schengen visas to Norway is normally up to 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy in Amman. Please take note that you should account for an additional 2-4 days for sending the application documents between the VFS application centre in Tel Aviv and Amman. We highly recommend that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.
- Ongoing applications
Applications for Schengen visa submitted prior to 20th of June 2019 will be processed and finalized by the Embassy in Tel Aviv.
If you have applied for a residence permit prior to 20th of June 2019, you will be notified about the decision either by the VFS application centre or by the Hub Embassy in Amman. If you have given someone Power of attorney to represent you in your case, the notification will be sent to the person you have authorized.