Vacant position as a Visa Officer (short term)

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is recruiting a short term temporary visa officer from April 2023. The vacancy is a fulltime position on a temporary contract for six months.  

The Embassy is a regional hub and handles applications for visa and residence permits from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen. In addition, we receive applications for residence permit from Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

We are seeking talented and high performing staff, who support and develop each other and are committed to high quality standards of service. We are looking for candidates with at least two years of relevant work experience.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The visa officer will be expected to carry out the following tasks, amongst others:
  • Register applications for Schengen visas, residence cases and other permits
  • Perform control of persons and documents (ID control)
  • Verification of information and documents
  • Print visa stickers and distribute decisions
  • Organize and file cases
  • Communication with our customers (E-mails)
  • Conduct interviews (in Dari)
  • Perform DNA tests of applicants
  • Receive applications dropped off by external service provider and expedite return of documents that are to be picked up by external service provider


  • The following qualifications are absolute requirements:
    • Fluency (written and oral) in English and Dari (Hazaragi)
    • Proficiency in computer software programs such as Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
    • Relevant higher education (e.g. university degree). Long and relevant experience may compensate for higher education.
  • The following qualifications will be an advantage:
    • Knowledge of Schengen regulations and experience from work with visa applications
    • Proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto or other regional languages and dialects. Language tests will be performed.

Skills and competences

  • Ability to work structured, independently and efficiently
  • Strong communication skills, both written and orally
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work in stressful situations and under pressure
  • Integrity, loyalty and a professional approach
  • Practical and operational skills

Personal attributes

  • Honest, reliable and trustworthy
  • Respectful, cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Service minded and committed

Terms and conditions

  • Working contract according to local law
  • Salary in accordance with education/experience and skills
  • Working days: Monday-Thursday 08:30-16:30, Fridays 8:30-14:00
  • The candidate should be a holder of a valid UAE residency visa as per UAE Labour law and Immigration requirements

How to apply

Your application should be submitted to containing:

  • Curriculum vitae, motivation letter, reference letter from former employer(s), education/course certificate(s)
  • Detailed information regarding level of knowledge (ranked between 1-5) in both Dari and English, oral and written, and of any other mastered languages
  • Nationality and residency status in UAE (if relevant)
  • Information on notice period of present employer, if relevant

Deadline:  19 February 2023

Please mark the subject field with: “APPLICATION FOR POSITION AS VISA OFFICER (SHORT TERM)- your name”.