New regional system for immigration cases
As from 03.08.2018, applications for visa and residence permit will be processed by the Norwegian embassy in Abu Dhabi. However, applications will still be received through VFS Global in Pakistan after this date. Applications from Afghan citizen will also be handled in Abu Dhabi, and will continue to apply through VFS Global as well.
Apply and collect as before!
You will still be able to submit the application and collect the decision letter from the same visa application center as before. Whereas the application procedures remain the same, please take note of the following changes when applying to go to Norway from 03.08.2018.
Extended processing time
The processing time for Schengen visas to Norway is up 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy. Please take note that you should allow for an additional 3-5 days for the transportation of your documents between the visa application center and Abu Dhabi. We highly recommend that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.
For more information on processing times, see information on our website on processing times.
- Introduction of a courier fee
As before, there will be a visa application fee, and a service fee charged by VFS Global. In addition, there will be a courier fee to cover transportation of your documents between the visa application center and the Abu Dhabi
For more information about fees, please consult the website of VFS Global.
- Already submitted applications
Applications for Schengen visa submitted prior to 03.08 2018 will be processed and finalized by the embassy in Abu Dhabi. If you have applied for a residence permit, you will be notified about the decision either by the application center or by the responsible hub embassy. If you have given someone a power of attorney to represent you in your case, the notification will be sent to the this person directly.