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.

The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is responsible for processing applications for visas and residence permits from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In addition, the Embassy receives applications for residence permits from Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

Regarding residence permit applications from UAE, starting from 12 of August, VFS will be responsible for receiving those cases. 

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

You can also visit the country specific VFS Global webpage: