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Visa and study permit

Most students need a visa to enter Norway and a study permit if they are attending a Norwegian university.

If you are in doubt regarding the application for visa and study permit, contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate or check the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) webpage.

Exchange students must read here for specific information regarding their visa and study permit

Citizens from non EU/EEA countries

Citizens from non EU/EEA countries need a study permit in order to enter Norway. After receiving the Letter of Admission students are advised to immediately contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate for information on procedures. The processing may take up to two to three months and there is an application fee. 

After arrival
You are required to register in person at the local immigration office at the Stavanger Police Station, LagĂ„rdsveien 6, Stavanger, within 7 days after your arrival in Norway.

You need to make an appointment beforehand. There are several possibilities:

  • You can book an appointment on UDI Application Portal
  • You can call to make an appointment: (+47) 51 89 94 70
    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 - 11:00
  • Go to the information desk during their office hours:
    Monday and Thursday 8:00 - 10:45

After the police registration, you will receive a residence card in the mail. The residence permit is usually valid for one year.

When you are granted a study permit in Norway, you are automatically also granted permission to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during ordinary holidays.

Exemption from applying for a visa to enter Norway
Citizens of countries with which Norway has signed a visa waiver agreement may apply for a Norwegian study permit within 7 days after arrival. However, applying from your country of origin is recommended.

Read here how to report a move to Norway

Citizens from EU/EEA countries

Citizens from EU/EEA countries do not need a visa to enter Norway, but they are required to register their stay at Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA), LagĂ„rdsveien 46, 4010 Stavanger within 3 months after their arrival in Norway. 

You need to make an appointment beforehand.

Exemption from applying for a study permit
The following categories of students are exempted from applying for a study permit: 

  • Citizens from Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) 
  • Citizens from EU/EEA countries who plan to stay in Norway for a period shorter than 90 days

Immigration office – Stavanger Police Station

Contact information:

  • Office opening hours: Monday and Thursday 8:00 - 10:45
Visa and study permit