Visas for Norway
Expats who do not require a formal visa to enter Norway could, however, still be questioned at the border about the purpose of their visit and where they're staying – this is routine and isn’t meant to antagonise travellers. The easiest thing to do is to answer the questions simply and honestly.
Various residence and work permits are available, depending on the applicant’s skill set and circumstances. Fortunately, it is possible to apply for residence status from within Norway, so a foreigner could arrive on a tourist visa, look for a job in the country, and then apply for a residence permit, which would legally allow them to work.
All European Economic Area (EEA) citizens who move to Norway to work and live for longer than three months will need to register with the Norwegian police. Registration is free, and only needs to be done once. If an EEA expat continues to stay in the country, they will be granted resident status after five years. For EEA expats arriving in Norway without a job, they will also need to register, and must leave the country after six months if they do not find a job.
Short-term visas for Norway
Schengen visas for Norway
Expats applying for a Schengen visa will need to have all required documents, complete application forms, and make an appointment to submit their application to the Norwegian consulate or embassy in their home country. Processing times can vary, so applicants should be sure to submit their applications in good time before they plan on arriving.
Travellers applying for a Schengen visa to travel to Norway for business purposes are required to include a letter of invitation from the Norwegian business party and one from their employer stating their duties in Norway. Conference delegates are required to produce proof of registration and accommodation.
In some cases, applicants may be asked to provide additional documents, at the discretion of the Norwegian embassy or consulate.
It is still best to bring supporting documents such as proof of accommodation after being granted a Schengen visa, just in case immigration officials want to see them.
Residence permits for Norway
Non-EU or non-EFTA expats who are interested in moving to Norway to work will need a residence permit. They cannot move to Norway without being issued a residence permit, which can only happen with a concrete offer of a job. An employer can apply on behalf of an employee for a residence permit.