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.

Welcome to Ankara-hub for visa and residence permit cases.

The Norwegian Embassy in Ankara is handling the following type of applications from the following countries: 

Applications for visa and residence permit from:

  • Türkiye, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Serbia 

Applications for residence permit from: 

  • Syria, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Croatia, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, North-Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro, Kazakhstan

Representation agreements:

  • Norway is representing Denmark in visa and residence cases in Azerbaijan and Kosovo
  • Norway is representing Finland in visa cases in Azerbaijan
  • Norway is representing Iceland in visa cases in Azerbaijan, Kosovo and Ukraine.

If you apply for a visa in representation, the rules and routines are the same as if you apply for a visa to Norway.

If you apply for residence permit to Denmark, you can find the routines here.


Regarding residence applications submitted in Kazakhstan

There has been a change in which Embassy is responsible for the residence applications submitted in Kazakhstan.

Applications submitted in Kazakhstan will no longer be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow, the responsible mission will now be the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara.

From Monday 23 January applications submitted in Kazakhstan will be transferred to the Embassy in Ankara.

Applicants in Kazakhstan will continue to submit their applications to the VFS In Kazakhstan.

Applications for residence permits in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Armenia can from Monday 23 January can be submitted at one of the VFS centers in the Ankara region, in addition to the Moscow region.


Important notice to our applicants in Kosovo

Lately, the Embassy has received feedback from some applicants regarding difficulties of failed payment of visa fee on the application portal. We are in the process of troubleshooting, and we hope that the problem is resolved shortly. The Embassy apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Where and how to hand in my application? 

All applications for both visas and residence permits must be handed in at one of our VFS Global application centers in either VFS Global Türkiye, VFS Global Ukraine, VFS Global Azerbaijan, VFS Global Kosovo, VFS Kazakhstan or VFS Global Serbia. Please note that currently it is obligatory to book appointment

Please find here contact details to all VFS offices in our region:

Webpage VFS Global:
For Türkiye:
For Azerbaijan:
For Ukraine: (NB VFS in Ukraine is closed)
For Kosovo:                                                 

For Serbia: 

For Kazakhstan Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal

VFS is firstline for answering questions. However, if VFS is not able to assist you, you may contact the Visa Team at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ankara by e-mail: The visa team do not answer phonecalls, but will reply to your e-mail within a short time.

At the pages below you can find detailed information on the process of applying for Schengen-visa and residence permit, how to appeal a negative decision, what to do if you have no valid residence card and special information for Syrian applicants. 

Current situation in Ukraine

Following the development in the security situation in Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to temporarily suspend the reception of applications for visa and residence permits in Ukraine. VFS will therefore with immediate effect not receive applications for visa and residence permit to Norway from Ukraine. Information regarding the situation in Ukraine - UDI

Som følge av utviklingen i sikkerhetssituasjonen i Ukraina, har Utenriksdepartementet besluttet å midlertidig stenge for mottak av søknader om visum og oppholdtillatelser i Ukraina. VFS vil derfor med umiddelbar virkning ikke kunne ta imot søknader om visum og oppholdstillatelser til Norge fra Ukraina. Informasjon om situasjonen i Ukraina - UDI