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Study permit, visa and national identity number

EU/EEA-citizens & Switzerland

Step 1: Register at the local Immigration Office

Nationals of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland do not have to apply for a residence 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.

You have to make an online registration at https://www.udi.no/en/want-to-apply/the-registration-scheme-for-eueea-nationals/. An appointment 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. You must meet at the local police station in person and you must submit the following documents: 

  • Letter of Admission from INN University.
  • Housing contract or proof of accommodation (SINN housing contract).
  • Passport or National ID-Card.
  • European Health Insurance Card or proof of other private health insurance coverage.

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.

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.


Non-EU/EEA-citizens residing in the EU

You have to apply for a residence permit in Norway, even if you hold a residence permit from another Schengen member country. You are only allowed to stay for up to 90 days in other Schengen country, which is not the country that has issued your residence permit. 


Non-EU/EEA-citizens

All Non-EU/EEA students have to apply for a residence permit or visa from home ( view the complete list of visa-free countries). For more information on how to apply for a residence permit/visa please check the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) or contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate. Students must apply for a residence permit for studies as soon as they receive their Letter of Admission from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). 

Students who enter Norway without the necessary permit will not be allowed to remain in Norway.


How to apply for a residence permit

Step 1: Applying for the Residence Permit

Fill in the application form for "first time residence permit" and follow the instructions. Upload the necessary documents. This often includes applying through the nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence. UDI's website is very helpful and gives nationality specific guidelines regarding your application. 

For the appointment at the embassy, remember to bring the following documents:

  1. The signed cover letter from the application portal - the cover letter is the attachment you received via email when you registered your application online. Please print it and bring it with you
  2. Passport and copy of all used pages in passport .
  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.
    • 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.
    • Bilateral exchange students from outside of the EU/EEA countries, 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.
  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, you have to visit the police station to order a residence card. This appointment 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.

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.

For the appointment at the police station, remember to bring your passport and your housing contract.

EXCEPTION: If you plan to work part-time in Norway while studying, you need to order a tax deduction card. Please see  this link for 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.


INN University's organisational number: 918108467

Should you have any problem receiving an answer regarding your residence permit application in due time, please contact the Norwegian Embassy/Consulate in your home country. Please note that an application fee of 5.300 NOK (2019/2020) will be charged from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) upon submission of application. This fee is not refunded if you get a rejection to your application.