The information provided below applies for CAS fellows specifically and does not necessarily apply for accompanying family members. If you have questions regarding immigration, please contact The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) directly: link to online contact form.

Visa for Norway

Visitors from outside the EU/EEA may be required to apply for a visa to Norway. Please visit the Norwegian Immigrations Authorities (UDI) webpage to learn the requirements from your country of origin.

Residence permit (only required for visits exceeding three months) 

If your stay in Norway exceeds three months, you must apply for a residence permit with the Norwegian Immigration Authority (UDI) in addition to, or instead of, a visitor’s visa. The application process takes up to three months and should preferably be finished before you travel to Norway.

To apply for a permit, please visit the UDI homepage.
Choose the category Work immigration.
Choose the sub-category Vocational Training and Research.
Then select Researcher with own funds.

There is an application fee of approx. 3,200 NOK; please see your group leaders about reimbursements. If you are bringing family members, we recommend that you all apply for a residence permit at the same time.

Your application must include the following:

  • passport and a copy of all used passport pages
  • signed cover letter from the application portal (or application form)
  • two recent passport-size photos with a white background
  • the formal written invitation letter from CAS (which specifies the purpose and period of your stay, which also serves as documentation that you will have accommodation during your stay)
  • documentation proving that you have your own funds (e.g., work contract/ salary or pension statements/ bank statements)

Reporting a move to Norway (only required for visits exceeding six months)

If your stay in Norway exceeds six months, you will need to report your move to Norway as soon as you receive your residence permit. You will then receive a ‘personnummer’—a Norwegian ID number. In order to report your relocation to Norway, please visit the Service Centre for Foreign Workers, located at Schweigaards gate 17, as soon as possible after arrival in Norway. 

At the Service Centre you should take a numbered ticket for the queue, and while you wait you can fill out the form ‘Report move to Norway’. Ask staff to send your Norwegian ID number to the CAS address (Drammensveien 78, Oslo); please ensure your mailbox at your new residence is clearly marked with your full name. Please note that if you are bringing family members to Norway, all of them must be present at the Service Centre for Foreign Workers for an ID check. Remember to take your passport, residence permit, the formal written invitation letter from CAS (which specifies the purpose and period of your stay; it also serves as documentation that you will have accommodation during your stay). For more information, please visit the Tax Administration webpage