Visa Application Process

Step 1:

When to apply?

It is advisable to lodge the application well in advance and no later than 15 days before the intended visit. Please note that applications can be lodged no more than six months before the start of the intended visit (nine months for seafarers).

Step 2 :

Online registration is mandatory for all applications. Please refer to the Embassy web-page or the UDI webpage for entry to the portal. Before registration, please make sure you choose the correct category of permit you are applying for. 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.

Application Portal:

The Embassy: and


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Step 3 :

It is mandatory to book an appointment to visit Visa Application Centre between 12:00 to 15:00 hours.

For groups of 15 or more applicants scheduled appointment is mandatory. You can book the appointment online Click here to book an appointment
No appointment booking charges

Step 4 :

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

All applications for residence permits will be forwarded by the Embassy in Nairobi to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in Norway for consideration. The applicant has to stay outside the Schengen area until the permit has been granted by UDI.

Step 5:

Online registration using the Application Portal requires payment of the application fee online using a credit/debit card (Mastercard or Visa). 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 Application fee may be paid online using the Application Portal.

The relevant checklists can be found under each category on the Embassy’s website

Processing Time:

The processing time for applications is normally up to 15 calendar days after the embassy or consulate has received the application. The decision period may be extended to 45 days when further consideration is needed.

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