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Study permit & visa

Make sure to have all the documents necessary prior to applying for a residence permit or registering with the police. A residence permit application can take up to 2 months to be processed.


EU/EEA-citizens & Switzerland

Step 1: Register at the local Immigration Office

If you plan to stay less than 6 months, only complete step 1, not step 2 and 3.

Nationals of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland do not have to apply for a study permit or visa, but are required to register at a local Police Station (if staying in Norway for more than 3 months) within 90 days after arrival. No fee for registering at the police. 

Part 1: Online registration & booking appointment

An online registration can be done on   UDI.no.

Do notice that:

A) For international students studying at Campus Evenstad, Hamar or Rena, an appointment will be booked by the international office during one of the first days of the semester. If your arrival is delayed, you need to notify us as soon as possible, and book the appointment at the Police Station by yourself.

B) International students studying at Campus Elverum or Lillehammer must book the appointment themselves through the UDI web-page. It will not be booked by the International Office.


Part 2: Visiting the police station

Meet up at the local police station in person during your appointment. Submit the following documents: 

  • Letter of Admission from INN University.
  • Document to prove you have enough funds, provided by INN University.
  • Housing contract or proof of accommodation (such as the SINN housing contract).
  • Passport or National ID-Card.
  • European Health Insurance Card or proof of other private health insurance coverage.

For a more detailed explanation, please view the UDI web-page.

Exception: Danish, Finnish, Icelandic and Swedish citizens who will stay in Norway for less than 6 months do not need report a move to Norway. If you are staying longer than 6 months, you need to follow Step 2: Reporting a move to Norway.  

Step 2: Reporting a move to Norway

Students staying longer than 6 months need to report a move to Norway, and apply for a Norwegian national identity number. To read more, please view the Norwegian Tax Administration's web-page. When reporting to the police, students need to bring the following documents:

  • Passport or national ID card.
  • Registration certificate issued by the police.
  • A housing purchase contract or tenancy agreement (SINN housing contract).
  • Letter of Admission from INN University.
  • Document to prove you have enough funds, provided by INN University.

Step 3: Forwarding the confirmation

When you receive the confirmation of immigration to Norway, please forward a copy of the confirmation to the International Office by e-mail. Your Norwegian national identity number must be saved in our database.


Non-EU/EEA-citizens residing in the EU

Students who plan to stay in Norway longer than 90 days, must apply for a Norwegian study permit, even if they hold a study/residence permit from another Schengen member country. View our 3-step guide on how to apply for a study permit further down.

It is possible to enter Norway before your application for study permit has been decided, or to submit your study permit application at the Embassy in Norway within 7 days after arrival. However, the online application to UDI must be completed prior to the arrival. These conditions only apply if you:

  1. do not need a visa to enter Norway, or hold a visa or study permit in Norway or another Schengen country, and
  2. will participate in an exchange programme between a Norwegian and a foreign higher education institution.

Important: We highly recommend all students to have completed step 1 of the study permit application prior to entering Norway.


Non-EU/EEA-citizens

All Non-EU/EEA students have to apply for a study permit or visa from home ( view the complete list of visa-free countries). For more information on how to apply for a study permit/visa, please view our 3-step guide further down, check out the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) or contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate.

Students must apply for a study permit for studies as soon as they receive their Letter of Admission from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Do notice that:

A) Students whom need a visa to enter Norway cannot enter the country without the necessary permit. They will not be allowed to remain in Norway.

B) Students whom does not need to apply for a visa, can enter Norway before their application for study permit has been decided, or to submit their study permit application at the Embassy in Norway within 7 days after arrival. However, the online application to UDI must be completed prior to the arrival. These conditions only apply if you:

  1. do not need a visa to enter Norway, or hold a visa or study permit in Norway or another Schengen country, and
  2. will participate in an exchange programme between a Norwegian and a foreign higher education institution.

Important: We highly recommend all students to have completed step 1 of the study permit application prior to arrival Norway.


How to apply for a study permit

Step 1: Applying for the Study Permit

Part 1: Online application

The UDI web-page is very helpful and gives nationality specific guidelines regarding your application. Fill in the application form for "first time study permit" and follow the instructions. Upload the necessary documents. Notice that the Confirmation of Eligibility (CoE) document issued by INN University is the financial confirmation which you need to submit to UDI. There is no need for a bank statement.

UDI charges an application fee of approximately 4.900 NOK (2019/2020) upon submission of the application. This fee is not refunded if your application is rejected. 

Do notice that your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay.

INN University's organisational number is 918108467. 


Part 2: Appointment with the Embassy/Consulate

During the online application, you will receive information regarding which Embassies/Consulates you can submit your application documents in. Do notice that you might have to submit the documents in an Embassy located in a different country if necessary. 

For the appointment at the Embassy/Consulate, remember to bring the following documents:

  1. The signed cover letter from the application portal - the attachment received by e-mail when your online application was registered. Please print it and bring it with you.
  2. Your passport and a copy of all the used pages.
  3. Two new/recent passport size photos with white background.
  4. Letter of Admission from INN University.
  5. Documentation of financing (Certificate of Eligibility - CoE) - students coming from outside the EU/EEA countries need to document that they have sufficient funds along with the application of student residence permit.
    • Bilateral exchange students from outside of the EU/EEA countries and non EU/EEA-citizen from an EU/EEA institution, are not required to deposit money to INN University. The students however, must submit a bank statement to the International Coordinator before the application deadline. Please see the Documentation of financing webpage for more information.
    • Full-degree students are asked to deposit the required amount by UDI in the deposit account of INN University and a confirmation will be issued by INN University.
  6. Documentation which shows that you have somewhere to live in Norway (SINN Housing contract).
  7. UDI's checklist, filled out and signed.

Step 2: Visiting the Police Station

Within 7-days after arrival in Norway, or depending on when you have your appointment scheduled, you have to visit the police station to order a residence card. Remember to bring your passport and housing contract to the police station. Further description of necessary documents which you need to bring can be found in your UDI profile. Do notice that:

A) For international students studying at Evenstad, Hamar or Rena, an appointment for all students will be booked by the international office at your campus one of the first days of the semester. If your arrival is delayed, you need to notify us as soon as possible, and book the appointment at the police station by yourself.

B) International students studying at Elverum and Lillehammer, you must make the appointment yourself, directly with the police.

The police will notify the Norwegian tax administration that you have reported a move to Norway, and that you are in need of a Norwegian national identification number or a D-number. Students will usually be assigned a D-number. This number is awarded by letter. The letter will be sent to your address in Norway, make sure to mark the post box with your name. 

Exception: If you plan to work part-time in Norway while studying, you need to order a tax deduction card. Please check out the Norwegian Tax Administration's web-page for information on how to obtain the card and work in Norway

Step 3: Forwarding the confirmation

When you receive the confirmation of immigration to Norway, please forward a copy of the confirmation to the International Office by e-mail. Your D-number or the Norwegian national identity number must be saved in our database.

Do notice that the waiting time for study permits differ. Check out UDI's guide to view the expected waiting time. For questions regarding the process of your application, please contact UDI directly.