Residence Permit and Visa for Non-EU/EEA Citizens | International students - Student

Residence Permit and Visa for Non-EU/EEA Citizens

Residence Permit and Visa for Non-EU/EEA Citizens

International students from non-EU/EEA countries, staying in Norway for more than 3 months must apply for a student residence permit.

All non-EU/ EEA citizens staying in Norway for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit. This applies even if you already have a visa or residence permit in another EU/EEA country. In addition, you may also need to apply for a visa depending on your nationality.

  • How to apply

    • Before coming to Norway: Check if you need a visa ( If your country is not on the list, you have to apply for a visa. The UDI website has the information you need to apply.
    • Apply for a residence permit, and visa, if applicable. You apply before you come to Norway, after you have the required documentation and no later than 30 June.
    • Register your application online: Application Portal Norway (
  • The application

    • When asked "where are you applying from" choose "Outside Norway".
    • Fill in your personal information.
    • When asked for a Norwegian address, use OsloMet's address if you do not already have one in Norway:
      Pilestredet 52 
      Post code 0167
    • OsloMet's organisation number: 997 058 925
    • You must register with the police after arrival. Book your appointment in the application portal.
    • Contact UDI if you have questions.
    • If asked whether the application should be sent to the reference you listed, chose 'no' as this has no relevance for your application.
    • You will be required to hand in your documents in person at your assigned embassy/consulate/visa centre.

    If you cannot find your country in the Application Portal, please check Not all countries are listed. 

  • Required documents

    • Copy of a valid passport, all printed and used pages.
    • Signed cover letter from UDI's application portal.
    • Two passport-sized photos on white background
    • Copy of Letter of Admission
    • Documentation of financing
    • Housing contract or a letter from OsloMet to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) called "Confirmation to the UDI". This is also your proof of housing.
    • UDI checklist signed and printed

    Some additional documents may be required for some nationalities, please see UDI's checklist when you apply.

  • Documentation of finances for visa purposes

    One of the documents necessary for your visa/residence permit application is a document proving you have sufficient money to cover your stay in Norway. Therefore, all students must transfer a set amount of money to a Norwegian bank account.

    • Bilateral exchange students from visa exempted countries ( do not need to transfer money. Use the letter "Confirmation to the UDI".
    • EU/EEA students do not need to document their finances.

    You can either transfer the required amount to a Norwegian bank account in your own name if this is applicable, or deposit the amount in the SiO Residence Permit Deposit Account for international students.

  • Required amount

    The total amount to deposit is

    • NOK 151 690 for the full academic year 2023/2024. Please note that this amount is just an indication. You will find updated information about the deposit on UDI's website..
  • The SiO Residence permit deposit account for International Students

  • Renewal of residence permit

  • Questions or problems?