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Residence and/or work permit

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.


For a complete overview of available types of work and residence permits please visit the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and select the residence category of interest to you. 


Please note: The document checklist found on the UDI website will be slightly different from the Embassy checklist. It is important that you follow the Embassy checklist carefully.

Please note: The document checklist found on the UDI website will be slightly different from the Embassy checklist. It is important that you follow the Embassy checklist carefully.

Due to a representation agreement, Denmark represents Norway in Canada regarding student permits. For this reason, you cannot submit your application online when applying within Canada but must submit the application in paper form. Please click here for more information.

You can only apply three months before your entry date.


STEP 1: Start Application
Start by completing 2 copies of the application form.

STEP 2: Collect Documents
Please click here for our document checklist.

Your original passport will be shipped to the Royal Danish Embassy in Ottawa for verification, but will be returned to you via courier (prepaid at VFS), usually within a week.

Step 3: Submit the Application

All applications must be submitted in person through our service partner, VFS Global.

It is not possible to submit your application in any other city.

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

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

The Embassy will not contact UDI for status updates until the regular service goal for processing has been surpassed, however you are welcome to forward your status request directly to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. Contact information can be found here.