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Welcome to the web-site for Norwegian Visa Application Center in Thailand

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All applicants need a prior appointment before submitting an application for Schengen Visa or Residence Permit to Norway. Appointments can only be made online, as part of the registration on Application Portal Norway. This also includes group tours. (…read more)

The Embassy of Norway in Bangkok is pleased to announce the opening of their Visa Application Centre operated by VFS (Thailand) Ltd. in Bangkok. This site provides information on procedures applicable to all Thai residents who wish to apply for Schengen visas to travel to Norway, and also for Thai residents who wish to apply for permits to reside and work in Norway

The applications are to be submitted at the Norwegian Visa Application Centre in Bangkok according to the jurisdiction specified. Applications for Schengen visas and 7-day entry visas for spouses will be assessed by the Embassy of Norway in Bangkok, while applications for work and residence permits will be forwarded by the Embassy to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in Norway for consideration.

Please note: All applicants should submit their applications in person at the Visa Application Centre.

For Prospective Applicants

If you wish to apply for a Schengen visa to Norway, or a permit to work and/or reside in Norway, kindly read the information on this site carefully. If you follow the guidelines listed on this site, you will be able to submit your documents accurately. This will reduce the chances of your application being rejected due to inadequate or faulty submission of documents.

Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how much time it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy of Norway to decide on.

Please note that you may be required to appear before a Visa Officer for a personal interview at the Embassy of Norway in Bangkok prior to the final processing of the application. If an interview is required the staff at the Visa Application Centre will assist you in making an appointment at the Embassy.

Case processing times:

Schengen visa
The processing time for Schengen visas depends on each individual case. However, applicants should always apply several weeks before the intended journey.

If the case is considered uncomplicated, it can be handled by the Embassy in Bangkok, in which case the average processing time is within15 working days counting from the day the Embassy receives all the required documents (excluding the day of submission and return to VFS).

If the case is considered somewhat complicated, the case will be handled by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). For current processing times at the Directorate of Immigration, please click here

7-day entry visa for spouse
The processing time for 7-day entry visas is eight (8) weeks counting from the day the Embassy receives all the required documents (excluding the day of submission and return to VFS).

Applications for work and residence permit
It is the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration in Norway (UDI) who handles applications for permits for work and residence in Norway. Once an application has been sent to UDI in Norway, the Embassy has no further bearing on the case. The processing time depends on the work load at UDI at any time, but you can find an average expected processing time for the various types of permits on UDI’s Web site: please click here

For applicants who prefer to apply for a visa at the Embassy of Norway :
Please be advised that the Embassy has a limited number of time slots per week, and that the case processing time for visa applications submitted directly at the Embassy will be two (2) weeks counting from when the Embassy receives all the required documents.

All applicants who wish to apply for a visa at the Embassy must book a prior appointment through VFS. Please contact VFS for more information on how to book an appointment.

Biometrics :

VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM - NEW

As of 14 November, the Schengen countries are introducing a new visa information system, including biometric data like fingerprints and digital photography.

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

The Schengen States’ Visa Information System has been operational since 11 October 2011. A phased rollout is underway, connecting more of these states’ visa sections to the VIS at each stage.

The VIS works by linking Schengen States’ consulates and external border crossing points to the central VIS database. The introduction of the VIS has necessitated various changes to the visa application process:

People applying for a visa for the first time must apply in person, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints and a digital photo – can be collected.
Finger scans stored in the VIS can be re used for further visa applications within the following five years.
When travelers enter the Schengen area, the border authorities are thus able to verify their identity by accessing the VIS.

For more information please contact the European Commission click here


VISA APPLYING PROCESS
Step 1 : If you intend to stay in Norway for more than 90 days, or if you are going to work or study while in Norway, you need a Residence Permit. An application for Residence Permit can be submitted at the Norwegian Visa Application Centre.

Applications for residence permits must as a general rule be submitted by the applicant in person. If you reside in Thailand but are a citizen of another country, you must in general have had a work or residence permit in Thailand for the past six months before you submit the application.

All applications for residence permits will be forwarded by the Embassy in Bangkok to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in Norway for consideration. The applicant has to stay in Thailand until the permit has been granted by UDI.
Step 2 : Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your what type of category of residence permit you are applying for – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a residence and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration in Norway.
Step 3 : Applicants who wish to apply for a residence permit  are requested to fill in the application form online using the secure Application Portal before submitting their supporting documents at the Norway Visa Application Centre. For more information on how to register your application online, please click here

Those who register their applications online using the Application Portal prior to showing up at the Norway Visa Application Centre must pay the handling fee online using a credit/debit card (MasterCard or Visa), and then book an appointment for when they would like to show up at the Norway Application Centre to submit their supporting documents. Applicants with a prior appointment will be given priority and may go straight to an available counter without having to wait in line. We highly recommend that all applications for residence permits are registered online prior to showing up at the Application Centre as this contributes to a more efficient and smooth process, and less waiting time for the applicant.

It is also possible for the sponsor in Norway to complete all, or part of the online process for the applicant (e.g. log on and pay the application fee).

Applicants, who have not registered their applications online prior to showing up at the Norway Visa Application Centre, may register their applications online at the Application Centre using designated kiosks. Please make sure that you bring a credit/debit card with you to ensure that the handling fee may be paid online using the Application Portal.

The relevant checklists can be found under each category on this website under ‘ALL ABOUT YOUR VISAS – Long Term.’
Step 4 : Please ensure you read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa Application Centres / Consulate/ Embassy.

TRACK YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE
If you have already submitted an application for a Visa at VFS Norwegian Visa Application Centre in Bangkok you can track your application here.

You can track your application by entering your Receipt Number and your Date of Birth. Please click here.
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