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Study permit & visa

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THESE RULES APPLIES FOR NORMAL CONDITIONS. Due to Covid-19, Norway has introduced regulations for non-Norwegian citizens to enter Norway. View the UDI web-page for further information. 


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


Study permit and registration with the police

These rules apply to exchange students and full-degree students.

Nordic citizens

Nordic citizens (Swedish, Danish, Icelandic or Finnish) just have to report a move to the National Registry in order to live in Norway for up to 6 months. 

If you plan on staying longer than 6 months, you have to report a move to Norway and visit the Tax Office for an ID check, no later than 8 days after arrival in Norway.

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.

EU/EEA-citizens & citizens of Switzerland

No registration is needed if you plan on staying less than 90 days. If you plan to stay up to 6 months (1 semester), complete step 1 only. 

Step 1: After arrival

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 within 90 days after arrival. There is no fee for registering at the police, but if you stay in Norway for longer than 3 months without registering, you may be fined.  

Part 1: Online registration & booking appointment at  the police station

Complete the online registration form.

Please note 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 and submit the following documents: 

  • Letter of Admission from INN University.
  • Document to prove you have enough funds, provided by INN University.
  • Housing contract (tenancy agreement).
  • 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.


Step 2: Reporting a move to Norway (after arrival)

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

  • Passport or national ID card.
  • Registration certificate issued by the police.
  • Housing contract (tenancy agreement).
  • Letter of Admission from INN University.

Step 3: Forwarding the confirmation to INN University

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

Non-EU/EEA-citizens

If you plan to stay less than 90 days in Norway, you do not need to apply for a study permit. However, you may need to apply for a visitor's visa.

Be aware that a residence permit is only valid for 1 year. If you plan to stay longer, you need to apply for a renewal no later than 3 months prior to your residence permit ends.

Step 1: Prior to arrival
Part 1: Online application

Complete the application form for "first time study permit" according to your nationality, and upload the necessary documents. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay.

UDI charges an application fee of approximately NOK 4.900 (2020/2021) upon submission of the application. This fee is not refunded if your application is rejected. 

INN University's organisational number is 918108467. 

NB: Non-EU/EEA citizens studying in a EU/EEA country have to apply for a residence permit in Norway, despite having a residence permit in their country of study.


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 to. Please notice that you might have to submit the documents in an embassy located in a different country. 

Bring the following documents to the appointment:

  1. The signed cover letter from the application portal - the attachment received by e-mail when your online application was registered. 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 - 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. However, the students must submit a bank statement to their International Coordinator at INN University prior to 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. A confirmation will be issued by INN University after the transfer is completed.
  6. Documentation that you have somewhere to live in Norway (tenancy agreement).
  7. UDI's checklist, filled out and signed.

Step 2: Visiting the Police Station (after arrival)

Within 7-days of your arrival to Norway, or depending on when you have your appointment scheduled, visit the police station to order the residence card. The appointment must be pre-booked. Bring your passport and housing contract. Further description of necessary documents which you need to bring can be found in your UDI profile. Please 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 must make the appointment directly with the police themselves.

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. This number is awarded by letter, which will be sent to your address in Norway. Make sure to mark the post box with your name. 


Step 3: Forwarding the confirmation to INN University

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

Expected waiting time for applications

Please notice that the processing for first time study permits may take 2-3 months. Make sure that you complete your application with the correct information. In case you have missing documents, or errors in your documents/application, the waiting time might be extended. 

Check out UDI's guide to view the expected waiting time for the different applications. For questions regarding the process of your application, please contact UDI directly. 


Frequently asked questions 

What is INN University’s organization number and address?

Organizational number: 918108467

Address:
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
P.O. Box 400
2618 Elverum
Norway

Be aware that the visiting address for each campus differs. View the Campus pages to find these addresses.

To which Embassy/Consulate do I need to submit my study permit application?

When you have submitted your online application, you will be informed where you need to submit the physical documents. Please be aware that you might have to submit the documents in an embassy located in a different city/country.

The International Offices at INN University cannot inform you where you need to submit your documents. Please contact the embassy(ies)/consulate(s) as shown in the online application. 

I am a non-EU/EEA-citizen and an exchange student. Can I enter Norway before my residence permit has been granted?

This does not apply to full-degree students! 

This option may not be possible due to the immigration restrictions due to the global pandemic. Check your options in the UDI web page

It is possible to enter Norway before your application for study permit has been decided, or to submit your study permit application at the police station in Norway within 7 days after arrival. However, only 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. 

If this applies to you, and you plan on submitting your application in Norway, please remember that the online application to UDI need to be completed prior to arrival.

NB: We highly recommend all students to have completed their residence permit application prior to entering Norway. 

I will attend Campus Elverum/Lillehammer and cannot book an appointment with the police station closest to my campus.

Try to book an appointment with a police station in the other municipalities - Gjøvik, Hamar, Lillehammer etc. 

What is the difference between a D-number and a Norwegian National Identification number?

A D-number is a temporary 11-digit identification number, assigned to foreign students who will reside in Norway less than 6 months.

A Norwegian National Identification Number is a 11-digit identification number that is assigned to each individual person for life. It is unique, and the first six digits indicate your date of birth. Students staying more than 6 months in Norway will be assigned this identification number. If you visit Norway at a later point for more than 6 months, you do not need to apply for a new number. 


Study permit renewal 

Non-EU/EEA students who have applied for a residence (study) permit, and plan to continue/prolong their studies in Norway, have to apply for a study permit renewal. A granted study permit lasts for 1 year only.

Conditions for renewal

You can only apply for a renewal if you:

  • Are prolonging your exchange. 
  • Are continuing your full-degree.
  • Have a delay in your full-degree studies. Prior to applying for renewal of your study permit, you need to apply and be granted an extension of your study right at INN University. Contact your Student Advisor for more information.
  • Have admission to a new full-degree programme at a higher level at INN University/other institutions in Norway. 

How to renew

  1. Apply for a renewal in the UDI's Application Portal, and book an appointment with the police station.
  2. Visit the police with your documents no later than one month prior to your existing permit expires. 

The renewal costs NOK 4.900 (2020/2021) and takes approximately 3 months. Make sure to complete the application for renewal minimum 3 months prior to the end of your study permit. There are restrictions and consequences if you do not apply at least one month before your residence permit expires, or if you apply after it has expired.

Necessary documents:
  • Exchange students - The International Office will provide a confirmation that you can prolong your exchange.
  • Full-degree students - Your Student Adviser/International Office will provide documentation of your study progress.
  • If you have been admitted to a new programme at a higher level at INN University/other institution in Norway, you need an admission letter for the new programme/exchange, and a confirmation of completed programme/exchange (such as a Transcript/Confirmation of completed exchange). 

NB: Be aware that your work permit is not automatically renewed with your residence permit. You need to document satisfactory progress in your studies in order to continue working up to 20 hours per week.