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The Embassy will normally give you a decision within 15 days. In order for this to be possible, the application must be complete and all the necessary documentation handed in. The period taken to process a case is calculated from the day we receive the original documents at the Embassy in Accra and not from the day the application was registered in the Application Portal.

However, if there is any doubt as to whether the application is to be rejected or approved the application will be sent to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Applications sent to UDI will normally be processed within 30 days. The period taken to process a case in UDI is calculated from the day UDI receives the application from the Embassy.

Residence permits

Applications for residence permits will be processed by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Please refer to UDI's website for information about their case-processing times:


After submission of documents at the Visa Application Center, you can also check the status of your application online by simply providing the unique VAC Reference Number and your last name. VAC reference number can be found on the Invoice-Cum-Receipt provided by the Submission Officer at the Visa Application Center at the time of submission.

To track your application online. Please click here.