Norway is ranked the best country for study, visitation and vacation.
Living in Norway has several advantages like the favourable business climate, reputation for innovation and a high standard of education.
In terms of economic strength, Norway is a big player in information advancement, innovation, and technology, as well as the presence of a viable economy.
The country’s intrinsic natural beauty intrigues tourists from all over the globe.
Norway’s temperature is a little cooler than other nations owing to its latitude.
It is why Nigerians are anxious to get a Schengen visa so that they can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the country, attend their educational institutions, and engage in profitable business ventures there.
Therefore, different types of Schengen visas are available, and selecting the most appropriate one is important to avoid wasting time and money on visas with insufficient or excessive validity periods and entry restrictions.
Therefore, Nigerian citizens must familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of obtaining a Visa to Norway (Schengen). This is exactly what this post is going to discuss, so keep reading to find out what some of these essential requirements are.
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Types of Norway Visa
Norway visas come in several types depending on the reason for your visit and what you want to do once you are there.
Depending on whether you want to visit Norway temporarily, study there, or work and live there permanently, you will be required to apply for one of many distinct types of Norwegian Schengen visas.
A visitor’s visa is a short-term visa (type “C”) with a maximum stay of 90 days.
It is necessary to apply for a Schengen visa from an embassy in the country where the main purpose of the trip is located.
As a result, please review your trip arrangements before applying for a Norway visa at the Nigerian Embassy.
If you want to visit more than one Schengen country, including Norway, you must apply for a multiple-entry visa at the embassy of the country where you plan to spend the most time.
Apply to the Embassy of the country that will be your initial entrance point if there are many countries you want to visit.
Applying at the Norway Visa Application Centre for a Schengen visa requires that your primary destination and intended length of stay in the Schengen region be Norway. Please back up your claims with evidence.
This permit allows you to remain in Norway for more than 90 days to work, study, or bring your family to live with you in Norway. The embassy’s website has further information about obtaining a residency permit.
To be granted a visa, you must be certain that your application for family immigration will be approved. Additionally, you must complete all the conditions for a family immigration permit and submit all the papers on the checklist to be eligible for a permit.
Norway Visa Requirements
To apply for a visa, you must submit a list of documents to the embassy.
To avoid disappointment later in the application process, familiarize yourself with the application’s requirements before submission.
In addition to submitting the original papers, you need also to make photocopies of them.
- A fee receipt and a cover letter from the application portal, together with one recent passport picture
- A valid passport or official travel document
- The passport has to be valid for at least three months after the date of your departure and contain at least two blank pages.”
- If you live outside your country of origin: Your current, valid residency permit
- Proof of accommodation for the duration of your stay (Hotel reservation/private arrangement)
- A copy of your identity documents (ID, birth certificate)
- Proof of your civil statuses, such as marriage certificates or divorce papers.
- Evidence of your financial condition and your ability to sustain yourself during your visit. Original bank statements for the previous three months’ turnover for (company or individual.)
- If you have a job:
- Three of your most recent payslips
- A recent employer statement or your employment contract.
- Approval of vacations
- If you are retired:
- Pension statements
- Other means:
- Remittances, bank savings account
- Credit card(s)
- Regular income earned through owned properties (contract of renting land/house, certificate of land use right etc.)
- If you are under the age of 18:
- If just one parent is accompanying you, you must get written permission from the other one as well as a copy of their identification. Easy solution: evidence that just one parent has exclusive custody.
- If you travel alone, you must have the written permission of both parents or legal guardians who are responsible for raising you, together with copies of each of their identification cards.
- If you have a job:
- Confirmed round-trip plane ticket purchase with predetermined travel dates that are no longer than 90 days (Do not buy the ticket until visa has been granted).
- Note: The dates shown on the reservation will determine when the visa is issued.
- A travel medical insurance policy which covers the duration of the intended visit.
- Power of Attorney, which is accessible online at the embassy. (Optional for candidates who wish for the reference or other individual to speak on their behalf.)
Visit Family or Friend Business Trip
- Invitation from a family member or friend with a signed note describing the visit’s objectives
- copies of the relevant passport pages of the family member (Norwegian work or residence permit, showing personal information)
- Documentation proving familial ties with reference in Norway (i.e. birth certificates, marriage, divorce certificates, photos etc.)
- Sponsor’s pay stubs over the last three months
- Original assurance document for visits, with Norwegian authorities’ mark of approval.
- Invitation to attend meetings, training, conferences, or events from a company or a Norwegian authority, mentioning the applicant. the sponsor’s VAT number must be shown
- Introduction letter from the candidate’s employer in their country of origin
- Evidence of an existing business relationship
- Tickets for the fair, congress, or conference, if available
Official & Government Delegation
- Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Consular Division (compulsory only for Official or Diplomatic passport holders)
- The reason for your visit should be stated in a supporting letter if it is not evident from other documentation.
Sports Trials/Football Tourism
- Introductory letter from your country’s national sports association
- Introductory letter from your club
- Invitation letter from the organizer or club of a tournament or event in Norway
Trip schedule/detailed itinerary (compile the duration, places, and modes of transportation if visiting several Schengen countries)
Norway Visa Application
How to apply for a Norway visa application
- Register Online
To begin, go to the registration page, enter your information, and then proceed to fill out the application form.
- Gather Your Documents
Ensure you gather the necessary documents for the type of Visa application you’re applying for, as shown in the list above.
- Book an Appointment
Schedule your appointment with the embassy office here
- Submit your Application
Submit your visa application in person, together with any supporting documentation, at the visa application centre. Your application and any supporting papers, fees and biometric data must be submitted at the centre.
- Track your Application
Your application is now in the hands of the Embassy, and you should sit back and wait for their response. While you wait for your application to be processed, you can track it online at the VFS application site.
Keep in mind that you should apply early enough so that you have enough time to process and prepare for your travels.
All applicants for a Norway visa must submit their application in person, according to the applicable general rule.
The application form and all accompanying documentation must be submitted in person at the application centre.
Where to Apply
VFS Global in Lagos or Abuja is the right location to submit applications from Nigeria, Togo, Niger, and Benin. Those files will be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana’s capital city of Accra for processing.
A Schengen visa application might take up to 15 days from when it is submitted to an embassy. This may be extended to 30 days if more time is needed for clarity.
Please be aware that visa applications received in Nigeria will need an extra seven days of processing time owing to the shipment to Accra from the VFS Global centre in Nigeria.
It is thus advisable to apply at least three weeks ahead of the planned travel date.
After a decision has been reached about your visa application, you will have the option to either pick up your papers at VFS Global or pay an extra cost to have them returned to you by courier.
If you’re picking up your paperwork, don’t forget to bring your VFS Global receipt and photo ID.
When you pick up your passport, please double verify that the envelope you were given has all of the necessary papers, including the originals.
A visa will be attached to your passport if you have been approved for entry. You should double-check the visa details. Please notify VFS Global or the embassy as soon as you discover anything incorrect.
The visa fee is €80.
Those under the age of six do not have to pay a fee. The visa cost for children under the age of 12 is EUR 40 and must be paid at the time of application.
In addition, VFS Global requires applicants to pay a service fee of 12,600 Naira and a courier cost of 7,050 Naira at the application centre in Lagos or Abuja.
The charge listed is for each application. The mandatory delivery cost and the VFS Global Service Charge are not excluded.
Visa fees, service fees, and necessary courier fees must be paid in person at the Lagos and Abuja application centres.
To avoid delays, please have a photocopy of the applicant’s first page of their passport with you when you visit the bank to pay the service charge.
The aforementioned charges are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Address: Norway Visa Application Centre Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor, Plot 1083 Mohammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja-Nigeria.
Address: Norway Visa Application Centre Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I – Lagos
An application can take up to 15 days to be processed once it is received by the embassy or consulate.
The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) may take up to 45 calendar days to process applications in certain instances.
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