All US passport holders on semester or academic year programs in Norway must apply for a residence permit. It is now required for all students to travel to Chicago to submit their materials, and to have biometric readings taken. You cannot start this process until you are officially accepted by the university in Norway, and have your acceptance letter. Below are the instructions, tips, and things to keep in mind for the application process.
If you are not a US passport holder, contact the Honorary Consulate General Minneapolis and ask about your specific requirements. The staff at the honorary consulate can be reached at 612.332.3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All questions about the residence permit application process should be directed to Travisa/VFS at email@example.com or by calling 516.234.7789
Step by Step Instructions
To apply for the residence permit, you must follow these steps in order:
- Log onto www.udi.no to submit your application and pay the application fee. Select to submit the online application with New York.
- When step 1 is completed log onto the Travisa/VFS web site to book an appointment to submit your documents and biometry in Chicago (or one of the other drop-off sites in Houston, New York, San Francisco, or Washington DC).
- Go to your appointment to submit your documents and to have biometric readings taken. Remember to bring all documents listed in the online document list. Note: your acceptance letter from the university in Norway will serve as your full-time admission letter, proof of housing, and proof of suffiicient funds.
Tips for your application
Several of the items on the application can be confusing. Below are some tips that we have found helpful:
- For your address in Norway, list one of the following:
Kristian Ottosens hus
Studentsamskipnaden i Ås, SiÅs Housing
Fredrik A. Dahls vei 9
- Main Education Level: List first stage of tertiary (14th-17th)
- Year (completed education): List the date you completed high school
- Criminal offenses: List anything that required an appearance in court
- Where do you want to receive the response? List Norway
- Which type of permit should you apply for? "Utdanning, ordinær student" (= Education, regular student)
- School fees each semester: leave blank
- Organization that arranged your studies in Norway: leave blank
- Part of the application will reference the Schengen Area. See the list of Schengen countries.
Keep in Mind
- Applications require approximately 2 months to be processed, so start the process as soon as you receive official notification of acceptance from the university in Norway.
- You will start the application process before departing for Norway but will most likely not receive your residence permit until you actually arrive in Norway. At your orientation in Norway, they will cover the process for going to the local government office to complete your residence permit process.
- Keep a copy of your residence permit application materials for your records and bring it with you to Norway.