Visa and residence permit

As of the 1st of August 2019, the Norwegian Embassy in Prishtina will no longer be the responsible mission for applications for Schengen visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway from applicants residing in Kosovo. Instead, applications submitted in Kosovo will be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which is the regional hub for immigration cases.

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This does not affect where and how you apply, but there are some changes you should be aware of:


Where to apply

 As before, all applicants in Kosovo must meet and apply in person at the ( VFS Global will ensure that the applications are sent to Ankara for further processing. You will also still be able to collect the decision documents at VFS Global.


Introduction of a courier fee

As before, there will be an application fee payable online when you register your application in the Application Portal Norway, and a service fee charged by VFS Global. What is new, is that applications submitted in the Kosovo also will be subject to a courier fee to cover transportation of the application documents between the visa application centre and Ankara, Turkey. These fees are payable to VFS Global on your application day.


For information about fees, including refund policies, see the website of VFS Global ( and (


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 Ankara. Please take note that you should account for an additional 4 days for sending the application documents between the VFS application centre in Prishtina and Ankara. 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 1st of August 2019 will be processed and finalized by the Embassy in Pristina.

If you have applied for a residence permit prior to 1st of August 2019, you will be notified about the decision either by the VFS application centre or by the Hub Embassy in Ankara. If you have given someone Power of attorney to represent you in your case, the notification will be sent to the person you have authorised.


Travelling to a different Schengen country?

Please note that Norway is discontinuing to represent Lithuania in the processing of visa applications from Kosovo.

Norway will however continue to represent Iceland and Denmark, which means that visa applications for Iceland and Denmark also will be sent to and processed by the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey starting 1st of August 2019.