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.

Citizens of Qatar must apply for both a visitor's visa and a residence permit.

Nationals from other countries:

Requirements when applying for residence permit and visa for Norway

Persons applying for a residence permit in Norway are requested to submit biometrics in person. This means that, all applicants will have to meet at a VFS application Center to submit their application.

Applicants will, in addition to fingerprints and photographs, have to submit a signature when applying for a residence permit with VFS. The matrix below gives a full overview of the biometric requirements for the different groups of applicants:

overview of the biometric requirements

Where and how to hand in my application?

The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is responsible for handling visa and residence permit applications for Norway for the following countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Qatar. In addition to the above-mentioned countries, the Embassy receives applications for residence permit from Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for other locations, please select your country from the list on

Representation agreements

Norway has a representation agreements with Netherlands in Oman, Germany in Kuwait and Bahrain. Applicants who wish to apply for a visa, can now submit their applications in the respective countries where they represent Norway.

General enquiries about visas and residence permit

Norway has a global agreement with VFS Global regarding handeling of visa and residence permits applications. Including answering phone calls and e-mails on behalf of Norwegian Embassies.

All questions regarding your application must be with VFS Global. From here you can find contact details to the VFS applications centers in the country you want to hand in your application, or you want to contact for questions.