Work Immigration


If you wish to come to Norway to work, you need a residence permit. You must normally have found a job first. What residence permit you should apply for depends on your competence and the type of work you will be doing in Norway.

Please click on each of the tabs above for more information or visit the websites of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad.

Kindly note that VFS will send the application by courier mail to the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, which is responsible for the further examination.

Visa Fees

When you apply for a visa or residence permit to Norway, you must pay the fee online when registering your application at the Application Portal Norway. The below fee information is therefore provided for information purposes only.

Please note that applicants will also be charged a service fee of Euro 30 per application (charged in local currency) which must be paid in cash when you attend the visa application centre. The service fee is currently PKR 3748 and is liable to change in line with the European Commission exchange rate.

Visa Category Visa Fee (NOK)
Residence Permit for Work 5,400

Visa fees can only be paid with a credit card through the Application Portal Norway.

These fees are effective from 1 January 2018.

Documents Required

For information about the documents required, please visit the website of the Norway Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and go to the website of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad.

Please be advised that it is a requirement that all documents are submitted in original in the A4 format. Any government issued documents that you provide originals for (Nikah nama, birth certificates etc) must be accompanied by a copy. Any documents not in A4 size need to be copied into A4. The copies will have to be of very good quality with no staples, paper clips or glue as they will be scanned by the Embassy.

We stress the importance of submitting all the relevant documents. Missing documents may lead to a rejection or longer processing time. If you for any reason are not able to submit any of the documents, please write a short statement explaining this.

Kindly note that VFS will send the application by courier mail to the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, which is responsible for the further examination.

Photo Specifications

The photo must:

  • be in sharp focus, clear and with good contrasts
  • be printed on high quality photo paper with high solution
  • be in colour
  • be 35–40 mm in width
  • be maximum 6 months old and resemble the applicant
  • be taken with the applicant facing the camera directly, against a light background
  • show the whole head and the top of the shoulders. The face must occupy 70–80 % of the picture.
  • show open eyes that are clearly visible. Hair must not cover the eyes.

Regarding glasses:

Glasses are allowed as long as the eyes are clearly visible.

  • the glasses must not be coloured
  • the rim must not cover any part of the eyes
  • there must be no reflection in the glasses

Regarding head-dress:

Religious head-dresses are allowed, provided that all details of the face are clearly shown.

  • chin, forehead and both cheeks must be clearly visible
  • shadows on the face due to the head-dress are not allowed

Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements your application will be considered incomplete. A photo booth for meeting these requirements is available at the visa application centre.

Processing Time

For the latest information on processing times in Family Immigration applications, please go to the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Download Forms

The application form for a Norway visa must be completed online. To launch an online application, please visit the Application Portal Norway.