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.

Restrictions on entry into Norway due to COVID-19 (Updated 3 July 2020) 

The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases.

For the time being and until further notice, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.

VFS Application centers:

The application centers across the USA have been closed as per the directives from the federal authorities. VFS are now working to open for residence application cases (student/family reunification/skilled workers) on the below locations on the following dates:

Washington DC: 8 July 2020

New York City: 8 July 2020

San Francisco: 8 July 2020

Chicago: 10 July 2020

We currently do not have opening dates for VFS in Houston, nor the VFS centers in Canada or South America.

Residence permits for family/study/work immigration:

Applicants who wish to apply for a residence permit may do so when VFS Global resumes their operations from 08 July 2020. You will receive a decision from UDI stating if your application has been approved and whether or not you may enter Norway now.

As per a national legislative update on 01 July, most foreign nationals with a granted residence permit are now allowed to enter Norway.

Exceptions and emergency or humanitarian cases:

Certain categories of persons without residence permits may also be allowed to enter Norway under the current circumstances. To find out if your situation allows you to enter Norway, please refer to the guidelines on UDI’s Corona page or contact the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). We also recommend that you communicate with the Norwegian Consulate in New York before booking an appointment with VFS.


Those who have registered and submitted an application, but not yet received a decision, may request for the application fee to be refunded and the application withdrawn. Please communicate with the Norwegian Consulate in New York for matters regarding refunds of application fees.


Standard information below. 

The Norwegian Consulate General in New York is a hub mission for North and South America, and responsible for processing applications for visas and residence permits from the following countries: United States (all States), Canada, Brazil, Guyana, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

In addition, the Consulate General receives applications for residence permit from residents in the following countries: Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica , Nicaragua, Panama and Suriname.

Applicants for visa or residence permits submit their application at one of the following visa application centers run by the external service provider VFS Global, which collaborate with The Norwegian Consulate General in New York:

On these pages you will find information regarding application procedures and requirements if you are applying as a resident in the United States. For information about the application procedures and requirements for applicants outside the United States, kindly select your country from the list found on