Visitor's visa

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days.

If you plan to visit more than one Schengen country in the course of one trip, or if you plan several separate trips within a period of two months, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the country that is your main destination based on the length of your stay, or the purpose of stay.

If you plan to visit several Schengen countries and the main destination cannot be determined, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the country that is your first point of entry to the Schengen area.

Important reminders

  • The processing time is up to 45 days from the time your application reached the Consulate in New York - not from when you registered online or submitted your documents to VFS
  • Do not pay for any bookings before a visa has been issued.
  • By applying early, you will have more time to book the trip after you have received the visa
  • As long as your passport isn't returned to VFS, the decision has not been made. The Consulate does not give further details about the status of an application. 

Before you start the application process, check these lists whether you need a visa to travel to Schengen

Main destination

As stated above, you should apply for a Schengen visa to the country that is your main destination. 

If you are travelling only to Norway, Norway is responsible for your application.

If you are travelling to several Member States, the country that is the main destination either because of the purpose or because of the length is the responsible for your application. Purpose is more important than length.

Business travel and visits to family/friends are more important purposes than a tourist visit, so the Member State where either business or family/friend visit takes place is responsible.

If you are travelling to several Member States for the same purpose, then the length of each visit decides which country is responsible.

If you are travelling for the same purpose and the same number of days in each Member State, the country where you go through passport control to enter Schengen is responsible for the application – and this can be a completely different country that the ones you are visiting, for example if you fly with Lufthansa, you always enter Schengen through Germany etc.

Norway is only responsible for processing visa applications from applicants going mainly to Norway or a country that Norway is representing in the country where you reside. 

Multiple entries

Many applicants ask for a visa with multiple entries. 

Multiple entries are only needed when leaving and re-entering Schengen while travelling. 

When travelling only inside Schengen, there are no passport controls and one entry is enough to visit all Schengen countries. 

After legally using 3 visas with a validity shorter than 6 months during the last 2 years, applicants qualify for a 1 year multiple visa.

Applicants who had a one year multiple visa during the previous 2 years, qualify for a 2 year multiple visa etc, up to a maximum validitiy of 5 years, but visas are not issued for longer validity than the passport.

If you qualify for a multiple visa, you will be issued a multiple visa even without asking for it. 

If you do not document to fulfil these conditions in order to be granted multiple entries, but otherwise fulfil the criteria to be granted a visa, it will be issued according to the documentation provided.

Remember to document clearly your itinerary so that we can see whether you are leaving Schengen and reentering during your trip and therefore need several entries. 

Applicants should not request multiple visas without documenting these criteria. 

Letter to applicants who apply for a multiple entry visa without fulfilling the criteria

SCHENGEN AREA