Residence permit

Citizens of Mozambique need a residence permit in order to work or take up residence in Norway for longer than 90 days.

For nationals of other countries:

  • Nationals of EU/EEA countries do not need a residence permit to stay or work in Norway. However, all nationals of EU/EEA countries who want to stay for longer than three months must register with the police.
  • Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries who want to work in Norway or to stay for longer than 90 days need a residence permit.

The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) normally processes applications for a residence permit. 

As of the 1st of August 2019, the Norwegian Embassy in Maputo will no longer receive applications for  residence permit to Norway from applicants residing in Mozambique. Instead, applications for residence permit will be handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, which will become a regional hub for immigration cases from Central and Southern Africa.


Nationals of Mozambique who require a Schengen visa to visit Norway can apply through the services of the Embassy of Portugal in Maputo, and will not be affected by the hub system.


This is what you should know when applying for a residence permit to Norway after the 1st of August 2019:


1) Where to apply?

All applicants must meet and apply in person at one of the VFS Global application centers in South Africa:

Norway Visa Application Center

The VFS Global application centres are located in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.


2) Introduction of a service 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 through VFS Global in South Africa also will be subject to a service fee. The fee is payable to VFS Global on your application day.

For information about fees, including refund policies, please see:

VFS Norway application center

UDI's fee overview


3) Ongoing applications

If you have a pending application submitted prior to 31st of July 2019, you will be notified about the decision by the Hub Embassy in Pretoria. 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.

Before the 31st of July 2019, the following information still applies: