Are you going to Norway and need a residence permit? From 30th January 2019 applications will be sent to Beijing.


New hub system for immigration cases:

As from 30th January 2019, the Norwegian Embassy in Seoul will no longer receive applications for residence permit to Norway and Denmark from applicants residing in the Republic of Korea. Instead, the applications will be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing (the Hub). Please note that applications are to be submitted through VFS Global in Seoul also after this date.

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


Apply in Seoul – collect in Seoul!

Although your application will be sent to another embassy, you will still be able to submit the application and collect the decision documents from the VFS application center located in Seoul. Whereas the application procedures and requirements remain the same, please take note of the following changes when applying to go to Norway after 30th January 2019:


  • Introduction of a courier fee 

As before, there will be an application fee payable online when you register your application in the Application Portal, and a service fee charged by VFS Global. What is new, however, is that applications submitted in the Republic of Korea now will be subject to an additional courier charge to cover transportation of the application documents between the visa application center and Beijing. The fee is payable to VFS Global on your application day.

For more information aboutfees, including refund policies, please see:


VFS Norway application center

VFS table of fees for NO and DK permits

UDI's fee overview 


  • Ongoing applications

If you have applied for a residence permit prior to 30th January 2019, you will be notified about the decision either by the VFS application center or by the Hub Embassy in Beijing. 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.