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.

Notice: Due to the Easter holiday and staff seminar, there will be a temporary halt in accepting new applications from March 28th to April 7th. Application submissions will resume on April 8th, but processing will commence on April 14th.

Requirement to give biometrics when applying for residence permit and visa for Norway

Persons applying for a residence permit in Norway are requested to submit biometrics in the form of a live photograph.  This means that, applicants will have 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.

The matrix below gives a full overview of the biometric requirements for the different groups of applicants:


As a regional Hub for visa and immigration, the Embassy in Amman handles visa and residence applications from 10 countries: Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia (only residence cases), Chad, and the Palestinian territories.

Applicants shall submit their applications in their country of origin or residence, as before. However, the establishment of the Hub gives the applicants from any of the above-mentioned countries the choice to submit their applications in Amman, or any of the above-mentioned countries, where VFS has an application center that accepts applications on behalf of Norway. 

We strongly recommend that visa applications are submitted, at least 15 days ahead of planned departure date. Applications can be submitted as early as 6 months before the planned travel, or 9 months before the planned travel date for seafarers.
Applicants applying from Iraq and the Palestinian territories (from the application centers in Gaza and Ramallah) are kindly requested to apply, at least 25 days ahead of the planned departure date. This is due to the time the courier services need to send the documents back and forth to the Embassy in Amman.

General enquiries about applications

If you have general questions regarding Schengen visas, family immigration, work or study permits, you can find information about the application procedure, documentation requirements and case processing times on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) website.

If you have applied for a residence permit and your application has been forwarded to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), kindly contact UDI if you have questions about the status of your case.

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 e-mails on behalf of Norwegian Embassies. Therefore, if you have any visa or immigration related questions, you can contact VFS Global via email or telephone. 

VFS Global in Algiers

Phone: 00213 (0) 21 99 88 42


VFS Global in Amman

Phone (+962 79 792 22 21)
Helpline: +96264001004.


VFS Global in Baghdad

Phone: +9647813703233


VFS Global in Beirut

Phone: +9611743643


VFS Global in Cairo

Phone: +202 3332 3015 /+202 2160 0053 


VFS Global Gaza (Due to the situation, VFS is Gaza is closed until further notice)

Phone: (+97082840473) 


VFS Global in Ramallah


Phone: (+97 02 2945414 /+9702-2945400) 

If you have inquiries that VFS is unable to answer, you can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Amman by sending an email to Kindly note that the Embassy in Amman does not answer visa and immigration related enquiries by telephone.

If you have already applied, in your email please mention your reference number (DUF number), or application receipt number from UDI's Application Portal.

Emails will be replied to within 3 to 5 working days.

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