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.

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.



If you have been issued a visa for the territories of the Schengen States or an entry visa to Norway, Denmark, Iceland or Finland, please make sure that all the information it contains is correct. Please also observe the following:

  1. A Schengen visa does not automatically entitle you to cross the Schengen external border. The final control of the entry conditions is done when you cross the Schengen border
  2. An entry visa entitles you to enter Norway, Denmark or Iceland (please check country code in your visa), and is valid for transit in other Schengen states.


Important information to applicants from Syria who wish to submit applications in Beirut

Please note that passports and documents need to be submitted and collected via VFS in Beirut. Passports can not be delivered or collected from the embassy in Beirut. Please always check VFS’s opening hours before you travel.
After an application and passport is submitted, the passport can be collected from VFS the following day if the applicant requests it. If the applicant doesn't request the passport it will be returned to VFS for collection when a decision has been made. 

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Until further notice, no new applications for C-Schengen visa at VFS Beirut

Due to the current situation, VFS Beirut will not accept new applications for Schengen visa for Norway. This temporary closure for submission will be valid starting from Monday, 23rd October 2023 until further notice. Passports and decision can still be collected from VFS as usual, during their opening hours.

VFS will also be open to receive applications for residence permit, but only a limited number of applications per day.