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 March 16 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.
For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:
- Press release from The Norwegian Government: Stricter border controls (15.03.20)
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: Corona information page, Q&A
- Norway airports and air traffic information from Avinor
Temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway:
Due to the extensive restrictions on entry into Norway, it will no longer be possible to submit applications for Schengen visas to Norway at VFS’ visa application centers. The application centers will still be open for submissions of applications for residence permits to Norway.
For any enquiries, please contact VFS Call center.
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:
- VFS Global in United States with offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco
- VFS Global in Canada with offices in Ottawa and Toronto
- VFS Globa in Brazil with offices in Rio de Janeiro
- VFS Global in Colombia with offices in Bogotá
- VFS Global in Chile with offices in Santiago de Chile
- VFS Global in Argentina with offices in Buenos Aires
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 www.norway.no.