Residence permit

Citizens of Romania do not need a residence permit, but must register with the police within three months.

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. 

Information to applicants residing in Romania, Bulgaria or Moldova:

Applications for residence permit for Norway are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. You may submit your application at one of the VFS Global application centers in Kosovo, Serbia or Turkey which collaborate with the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara. Currently the closest VFS Global application center is in Prishtina in Kosovo. However, on 2nd of September VFS will open an application center for Norway in Belgrade.

Your contactpoint is VFS.
Phonenumbers VFS Global:
For Kosovo: +383 38 412 712 or +383 38 412 812
E-mails VFS Global: [email protected]
Webpage VFS Global: www.vfsglobal.com/Norway/Kosovo/

If you apply for a residence permit, please note that the Embassy must have your passport together with the application in order to perform ID-control according to instructions from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. Therefore, when applying from Kosovo, Turkey or Serbia (from 2nd of September) you should make the necessary arrangements to stay in Kosovo, Turkey or Serbia while the Embassy examines the passport as this may take up to seven (7) days.