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Going to Norway

Norway offers a wide variety of work and residence permits to foreign nationals who have an interest in exploring life in the country. Visa-exempt nationals, including Canadian citizens, can visit Norway for up to 90 days without a visa. If you plan to work, study, volunteer or stay for more than 90 days in Norway a residence or work permit is usually required. Please read more in the submenus on the left. 

Starting August 1st 2015, all applications for a Norwegian residence permit must be submitted in person through our service partner, VFS Global.

Until that time, please mail all your application directly to the Danish Embassy, using the checklists available.


To book an appointment please click here for the VFS Global booking module.

Addresses for the VFS Global Application Centres can be accessed here.

You cannot apply online as indicated on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s website.

Please note that neither the Embassy nor our consulates can be held responsible for technical difficulties, human errors or shipping delays in the processing of passports, permits and visa applications.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply in time for the intended departure.


For passports: 5 weeks prior

For permits: 3 months prior

For visas: 1-3 months prior recommended.


Please note that the processing times may be longer than this during peak travel season (May, June, July, August and December) due to case volume or if cases require further scrutiny.