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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 webpage for further information. 


Make sure to have all necessary documents before applying for a residence permit or registering with the police. A residence permit application may 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) have to report a move to the National Registry to live in Norway for up to 6 months. 

Students planning to stay in Norway for more than 6 months must report a move to Norway and visit the Tax Office for an ID check, no later than 8 days after arrival in Norway. A copy of the confirmation of immigration from Skatteetaten must be delivered to the International Office at one’s Campus of study. Drop by the Office or forward a copy by e-mail. 

EU/EEA-citizens & citizens of Switzerland

Which steps apply to me?

No registration is needed for visits lasting less than 90 days. For exchange lasting up to 6 months (1 semester), complete only step 1. Students planning to reside for over 6 months in Norway must complete all 3 steps. 

Students who have resided in Norway for more than 6 months previously, and have received a Norwegian National Identification Number, only need to complete step 2 (reporting a move and booking an ID check with the Tax Office) within 8 days after arrival


Step 1: After arrival

Citizens of EU/EEA & Switzerland do not need to apply for a residence permit, but is required to register (free) at a local police station within 90 days after arrival.

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

Complete the online registration form.

Please note that:

  • A) For international students studying at Evenstad, Hamar or Rena, an appointment for all students will be booked by the International Office at one's campus one of the first days of the semester. If one's arrival is delayed, the student needs to notify the International Coordinator as soon as possible and book the appointment at the police station themselves.
  • B) International students studying at Campus Elverum or Lillehammer must book the appointment themselves through the UDI webpage. The International Office will not book it.

Part 2: Visiting the police station

Meet up at the local police station in person during the appointment and submit the following documents: 

  • Letter of Admission from INN University.
  • Document confirming one has the funds to study in Norway, 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.

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 detailed information, please view the Norwegian Tax Administration's web-page.

Book an appointment before visiting the Tax Office. Bring the following documents for the appointment:

  • Passport or national ID card.
  • Registration certificate issued by the police.
  • Housing contract (tenancy agreement).
  • Letter of Admission from INN University.
  • The completed immigration form (RF1401E).

Step 3: Forwarding the confirmation to INN University

A copy of the confirmation of immigration from Skatteetaten must be delivered to the International Office at one’s Campus of study. Drop by the Office or forward a copy by e-mail. 

Non-EU/EEA & UK-citizens

Students staying less than 90 days in Norway may need to apply for a visitor's visa. A residence permit/visa is required to reside in Norway for more than 3 months.

Be aware that a residence permit is only valid for 1 year. Renewals must be submitted no later than 3 months before the residence permit expires.

Step 1: Before the arrival
Part 1: Online application

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

UDI charges a non-refundable application fee of approximately NOK 4900 (2020/2021) upon submission of the application.

INN University's organisational number is 918108467. 

NB: Non-EU/EEA citizens with a residence permit in an EU/EEA country have to apply for a residence permit in Norway.


Part 2: Appointment with the embassy/consulate

Information concerning where to submit the original application documents is provided in the online application. Please notice that the documents may need to be submitted in a different country.

The following documents must be prepared for the appointment:

  1. The signed cover letter from the application portal - the attachment received by e-mail upon completion of the online application. Print and sign.
  2. The 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 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. A confirmation will be issued when the transfer is completed.
  6. Housing contract in Norway (tenancy agreement).
  7. UDI's checklist filled out and signed.

Step 2: Visiting the Police Station (after arrival)

Within 7-days of arrival to Norway, or depending on when the appointment is scheduled, students must visit the police station to order the residence card. The appointment must be pre-booked. Bring the passport and the housing contract. Further description of the necessary documents can be found in one’s 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 one's campus one of the first days of the semester. If one's arrival is delayed, the student needs to notify the International Coordinator as soon as possible and book the appointment at the police station themselves.
  • 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 of the reported move to Norway and the need for a Norwegian national identification number. This number is awarded by letter, which will be sent to one’s postal address in Norway. The post box in one's residence must be marked with the student’s name.


Step 3: Forwarding the confirmation to INN University

A copy of the confirmation of immigration from Skatteetaten must be delivered to the International Office at one’s Campus of study. Drop by the Office or forward a copy by e-mail. 

Expected waiting time for applications

Please notice that the processing for first-time study permits may take 2-3 months. In the case of missing documents or errors in the documents/application, the waiting time may be extended. 

Check out UDI's guide to view the expected waiting time. Questions regarding the process of one’s application must be directed to UDI. 


Frequently asked questions 

What is INN University’s organization number and address?

Organizational number: 918108467

Postal address:
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
P.O. Box 400
2418 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?

The International Offices at INN University cannot inform where to submit the original documents for one’s application. Please contact the embassy(ies)/consulate(s) as shown in the online application. Be aware that the documents may need to be submitted to a consulate/embassy in a different country.

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

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

This does not apply to full-degree students! 

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

  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. 

However, the online application to UDI must be completed before arrival.

NB: We highly recommend all students to complete their residence permit application before 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 international students who will reside in Norway for less than 6 months.

A Norwegian National Identification Number is an 11-digit identification number that is assigned to each person for life. It is unique, and the first six digits indicate your date of birth. It is unique, and the first six digits indicate one’s date of birth. Students staying more than 6 months in Norway will be assigned this identification 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

One can only apply for a renewal if they:

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

How to renew

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

The non-refundable renewal fee is NOK 4900 (2020/2021). Processing of the renewal takes approximately 3 months.

Complete the application for renewal minimum of 3 months before the end of the study permit. There are restrictions and consequences if one does not apply at least one month before the residence permit expires, or if one applies after it has expired.

Necessary documents:
  • Exchange students - The International Office will provide a confirmation of prolonged exchange.
  • Full-degree students - The Student Adviser/International Office will provide documentation of one's study progress.
  • If one is admitted to a new programme at a higher level at INN University/other institution in Norway, the Admission Letter for the new programme/exchange, and a confirmation of completed programme/exchange (such as a Transcript/Confirmation of completed exchange) is needed.

NB: Be aware that the work permit is not automatically renewed with the residence permit. One must document satisfactory progress in their studies to continue working up to 20 hours per week.