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Submission of Application for visas and resident permits: 08:00 – 15:00 Monday –Friday
If you plan to visit more than one Schengen country in the course of one trip, or if you plan several separate trips within a period of two months, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the Member State that is your main destination based on the length of your stay, or the purpose of stay.
If no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross first in order to enter the territory of the Member States.
For Prospective Applicants:
General requirements for obtaining a visa:
- Application for Schengen Visa - Application form (completed and signed)(*)
- Original passport (*) valid for travel to the Members States to visit. The passport validity must exceed the planned stay in the Schengen Area with at least three months. The passport must have been issued within the last ten years.
- Complete photocopies of original passport, except blank pages.
- If the applicant is not a resident of Kenya, a justification for lodging the application here must be provided.
- Previous passport in original if a new passport has been issued within the last three years.
- Photocopy of the national ID card (both sides).
- One color photos (*) not more than six months old, passport size (45 mm x 35 mm), full face and taken against a white background. Click here for specifications.
- If you are self-employed, you need to provide a Business Registration Certificate.
- If you are employed, please provide the employer’s letter with details like position in the Company; leave duration, etc.
- Individual medical travel insurance which covers all costs that could arise as a result of emergency medical assistance, emergency hospitalization, medical repatriation or repatriation in case of death. The insurance should cover costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid for the duration of the stay in all the Schengen countries.
- Preliminary ticket booking or travel itinerary (it is not necessary to buy a flight ticket at this stage).
- Payment or proof of payment of the visa fee(*)
In addition to the above mentioned requirements, the application will be assessed on the criteria for which the relevant documents have been submitted:
the purpose of the journey;
accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover accommodation;
assessment of sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to the country of origin or residence;
(*) If your application lacks any of the above documents marked (*) it is considered inadmissible and your documents, including application fee will be returned to you without further notice. (Visa Codex art. 19:3).
The mere submission of the listed documents does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. Individual assessments are made in every case.
Additional requirements for minors (under 18 years)
- Original and copy of birth certificate
- Copy of both parents ID-cards and passports if applicable (all pages containing any type of information)
- Legalized written consent letter from both parents if the child is travelling alone, or from the parent that is not accompanying the child when travelling.
- If either one of the parent is absent or deceased this must be supported by the information on the birth certificate or a death certificate when applicable
- If the legal guardian is someone else apart from the biological parent as stated in the birth certificate a custody order must be submitted proving the legal guardianship
- A letter from school containing the child’s name, name of parents, grade, number of years at school, school holidays, contact details, date and name of school representative.
- If the child is travelling with a group please submit a complete list of names of all group members travelling and name of person in charge of the group
Please visit the relevant visa category link on this website to view the specific requirements for the relevant category If you wish to apply for a Schengen visa to Norway, or a permit to work and/or reside in Norway, kindly see the Embassy web-page If you follow the guidelines listed on that 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 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 Nairobi prior to the final processing of the application. If an interview is required the staff at the Embassy will contact you. For this purpose please make sure to give correct email and phone number when submitting the application.
Case processing times:
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, the processing time is 15 working days 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 category you apply for. You can find an average expected processing time for the various types of permits on UDI’s Website: www.udi.no