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.

Where and how to hand in my application?

The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is the responsible hub for visas and residence permit matters for Norway from the following countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Qatar.

In addition to the above-mentioned countries, the Embassy receives residence permit applications from applicants residing in Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

Please note that as of March 4th 2024, all applications from Iran will be handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara. If you have applied through the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, your application will normally be finalized by Abu Dhabi. 

For information about the application procedures and requirements for applicants outside UAE, please select your country from the list on

Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications must be handed in at one of the VFS Global Visa Application Centers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran or Qatar. Please visit for more information and to book an appointment.

Interviews: Interviews are being conducted through videolink at the VFS Application Centers. If you are waiting for an interview, please note that the Embassy will contact you to schedule the appointment once it is your turn.

DNA-tests: DNA-tests are being performed in some cases. The missions in Islamabad, Teheran, the UAE and Saudi Arabia will contact the applicant to schedule a date for the DNA-sampling.

Norwegian citizenship applications: The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is responsible for receiving the following citizenship applications: Retention of Norwegian citizenship, Reclaiming Norwegian citizenship and Notification of citizenship for children with a Norwegian father. Applications to be released from Norwegian citizenship are also handled by the embassy.