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.

Are you planning to travel to Norway and need a visa or residence permit?

Applicants applying in Australia, Fiji or New Zealand need a visitors and residential visa to enter or live in Norway. All applications are handled by our local VFS office, but the cases will be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, which is the regional hub for immigration cases.

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

  • Where to apply?
    • All applicants applying in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand must meet and apply in person at one of VFS Global application centres . VFS Global will ensure that the applications are sent to Bangkok for further processing. You will also still be able to collect the decision documents at VFS Global.
  • Courier fee
    • 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. All applications will be subject to a courier fee to cover transportation of the application documents between the visa application centre and Bangkok, Thailand. These fees are payable to VFS Global on your application day. The courier fee will be specified on the website of VFS Global.
  • 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 Bangkok. Please take note that you should account for additional days for sending the application documents between the VFS application centre and the embassy in Bangkok. We highly recommend that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.