Handing in the documents
You must bring your passport and all the documents listed in the checklist with you. You will find the relevant checklist when you register your application online. You can also find it on www.udi.no/en (checklists).
We will contact you if we need more information.
Applications for a residence permit can be submitted in the country of which the applicant is a national or in the country in which the applicant has had a work permit or a residence permit the last six months.
Applicants who are citizens or residents of a country where there is no VFS application center receiving applications on behalf of Norway and therefore need to travel to a neighbouring country to submit the application, do not need to have an additional residence permit in the country where VFS is located.
You should be able to find an appointment within 3 working days. If you - and any other applicants applying together with you - cannot find an available appointment (together), please contact VFS. The Consulate cannot book the appointments.
You must submit your passport with the application.
Applications will not be processed before we have received the passport.
In the USA and Canada, VFS will send the passport to the Consulate General in New York together with the application.
Applicants with passports that do not require a visa to travel to Schengen, will get their passport returned immediately after the Consulate has registered the application.
If a visa is required, the Consulate will keep the passport until the application has been processed.
Applicants may request that the passport be returned during the processing, but in such cases, the applicant must pay a second courier fee to return the passport to the Consulate General in New York when a visa is to be issued.
In South America, VFS will send the passport together with application to the Consulate General in New York when a visa is required.
If no visa is required, VFS will give the passport to the local Norwegian foreign service mission and return it to the applicant after the passport has been checked.
Applicants in South America who require a visa to travel to Schengen, but need their passport to return to their country of residence, if different from the country where the VFS application center, should inform VFS about this when handing over their passport together with the application. The passport will then be returned after checking by the local Norwegian foreign service mission and not sent to the Consulate General in New York. The applicant must in such cases pay for a return courier to the Consulate General in New York after returning to their country of residence for the visa to be issued.