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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to apply for a Schengen Visa? How do I get an appointment? How much is the visa fee(s)?

    To apply for a visa or residence permit, you must follow these steps in order:

    • Log onto Application Portal Norway (APN) to submit your application and pay the application fee.
    • Book an appointment with one of the five VFS Global offices listed here. These five offices are the only locations in the U.S. at which you may apply for a visa or residence permit.
    • Go to the selected Visa Application Centre for your appointment to submit your documents and have biometric readings taken. Remember to bring all documents listed in the online document list, and one passport photo.

      According to Article 10, Chapter 2 of the EU Visa code, applicants must attend in person when lodging an application. The online application process is a mandatory procedure when applying for a visa, and for the Embassy/Visa Section to assess the application and conduct the interview the applicant must be present.

  • I already have an online application; can I call the Embassy to book an appointment?

    There is no need to call the Embassy to book for an appointment if you have an online application.

  • I do not have any credit card, how else can I pay the processing fee?

    If you have an online application, payment must be completed using credit card. The sponsor may pay the fee or the applicant may ask a friend or a relative to assist with the payment.

  • Do I need to provide a photograph?

    Yes, you must provide one photograph as per photo specifications here. Please be advised that we offer additional services at our applications centers to assist applicants with application submission.

  • What is the procedure to collect my passport ? Can I have my passport couriered to me?

    Once you have received notification that your passport is ready for collection, please see collection timings here. Please ensure you bring your receipt when collecting.

    In addition, your passport can be returned via UPS courier at a cost of USD 35 per passport. If you wish to have your passport returned by courier, please ensure to request this service when submitting your application. Please note we do not accept self-addressed envelopes for the return of passports.

  • What are the countries comprising the Schengen area?

    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Norway, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

  • I am going to Norway via KLM with a stopover in Amsterdam. Do I need to apply for multiple entries?

    No. A single entry visa will suffice as long as you do not go in and out of the Schengen area.

  • Do I need multiple entries if I’m going to other Schengen countries?

    No, a single entry visa will suffice if you will go to other Schengen countries.

  • I am scheduled to be in GERMANY for 3 days this coming month; I am also invited for an event in FRANCE for 6 days. My sister lives in NORWAY and I plan to spend my 20 day vacation with her after my business trip. Where do I apply for a visa?

    If a person is travelling to several Schengen countries, these rules apply:

    If there is an equal number of days stay for each of the respective Schengen countries, the applicant will apply for a visa in the 1st port of entry.


    Germany - 4 days (1st port of entry)
    France - 4 days (side trip)
    Norway - 4 days (side trip)
    Application should be lodged to the German Embassy

    If there is an unequal number of days stay for each of the respective Schengen countries, the applicant will apply for a visa wherein he/she will stay longer.


    Germany - 3 days
    Norway - 6 days
    France - 2 days
    Application should be lodged to the Norwegian Consulate, New York.

  • It is important to be sure you are applying for your Schengen visa through the correct Embassy or Consulate General. This is based on the main purpose of your journey or your first port of entry and time spent in your countries of destination. For further clarification please visit this site to confirm the policy regarding which country you should apply to for your Schengen visa.