Residence Permit and Visa

International students staying in Norway for more than 3 months must apply for a student residence permit (non-EU/ EEA citizens) or register with the police (EU/ EEA citizens).

Nordic students are exempt from this requirement.

EU/ EEA citizens

Registration part 1

EU/ EEA citizens need to register with the Norwegian Police and hand in a set of documents.
Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden do not need a permit to be in Norway.

Before coming to Norway

Complete the online registration:

  • Select 'Applying from Norway'

From the list of police stations, choose:

  • Students at Kjeller: Nedre Romerike Police Foreign Section
  • Students at Pilestredet:  Oslo Police District, Service Centre for Foreign Workers  
  • When asked for a Norwegian address, enter the HiOA Section for Internationalisation address if you do not already have one in Norway:
    Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)
    Section for Internationalisation "New Student H17"
    PO Box 4, St Olavs Plass
    N-0130 Oslo

After arrival

Make sure that you have the required documents:

  • copy of your EU Identity Card (both sides) or passport
  • copy of your EU Health Insurance Card or a private insurance certificate valid for the entire duration of your stay in Norway
  • printed copy of the email where it says that you have registered online with the police
  • printed admission letter 
  • the form "Declaration of funds for EU/EEA citizens" (you can pick up a copy from Servicetorget at p46) 

You can make photocopies in Oslo, but we recommend that you bring copies with you from home as this may be more convenient.
Make sure that the documents are valid four your complete stay, and that they are legible.

Where do I hand in the documents?

  • Students arriving at the start of the semester: Hand in documents at ‘Servicetorget’, the main reception, in the building P46 on Pilestredet Campus by 25 August (before 14.00). Students who submit documents to HiOA by this date do not need to book an appointment with the police.
  • Students arriving after 25 August: Book an appointment with the Service Center for Foreign Workers’ or Nedre Romerike Police Foreign Section if you live in Åråsen and Kjeller through the application portal and hand in the documents to them.

If you hand in the documents directly to the police, the copies need to be stamped/ verified.

After the registration is complete

The police issue a Registration Certificate once you have registered.

  • Students who hand in documents to ‘Servicetorget’: The Section for Internationalisation takes the documents to the Police for registration. Once processed, the Police will send the registration certificates to HiOA and we will notify you when you can be pick it up.
  • Students who hand in documents directly to the police: The police will send you the Registration Certificate by post once it is has been processed.

Non-EU/ EEA citizens 

All non-EU/ EEA citizens must apply for a residence permit. In addition, you may also need to apply for a visa depending on your nationality.

The Immigration Authorities do not allow anyone to remain in Norway without the necessary permits.

Before coming to Norway

  • Apply for a residence permit, and visa if applicable . The UDI website has the information you need to apply. Check if you need a visa (UDI).   If your country is not on the list, you have to apply for a visa.

How to apply

In the application:

  • When asked to send the application to the reference you listed, choose 'NO', as this has no relevance to your application.
  • When asked for a Norwegian address, enter the Section for Internationalisation address if you do not already have one in Norway:
    Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)
    Section for Internationalisation- New student H17
    PO Box 4, St Olavs Plass
    N-0130 Oslo
  • HiOA organization number: 997 058 925
  • You are obliged to register with the police after arrival. Please do not book this appointment with the police yourself . HiOA will do this for you and contact you with details at the beginning of the semester. This does not apply to students arriving outside the first weeks of the semester.

Cannot find your country in the Application Portal? Not all countries are listed. If this is the case, please ask for an application form at the nearest Norwegian Embassy/ Consulate, or download it here

Required documents

  • Certified copy of a valid passport, all printed pages
  • Certified copy of Letter of Admission
  • Confirmation letter from HiOA to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) (sent to you along with your Letter of Admission)
  • Documentation of financing
  • Documentation of housing (documented in the Confirmation to the UDI - you need no further documentation)
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Documentation that you have paid the application fee (receipt)

Questions or problems?

Documentation of finances for visa purposes

One of the documents necessary for your visa/ residence permit application is a document proving you have sufficient money to cover your stay in Norway. Therefore, even though HiOA does not charge tuition fees, all students must transfer a set amount of money to a Norwegian account.

You can either transfer the required amount to a Norwegian bank account in your own name if this is applicable, or deposit the amount in the SiO Visa Deposit Account for international students.

Required amount

The total amount to deposit is

  • NOK 103 950 for the full academic year 2016/2017
  • NOK 51 975  for one semester 2016

Note: UDI has increased the amount to 111 657 NOK, if you are starting in August you are able to use last year's amount. Feel free to contact us if you have any issues.

The SiO Visa Deposit Account for International Students

Only students from outside the EU/ EEA area with a Letter of Admission from HiOA can use the Deposit Account.

The money must be transferred in your full name, as written in your passport. If you use sponsors, they must make sure that your full name is attached to the transfer.

How to use the Deposit Account

  1. Register for use of the Visa Deposit Account
  2. Immediately after registering for use of the deposit account, you/ your sponsors should transfer the money registered with your full name as written in your passport.

Account details for the Deposit Account:

  • Account number: 6094 05 60805
  • Account owner / Benficiary: Studentsamskipnaden i Oslo
  • Account title: SiO Deposit Account for International Students
  • Address: P.O. Box 94, Blindern, N - 0314 Oslo, Norway
  • Swift Code: NDEANOKK
  • IBAN Code: NO 3960940560805
  • Address for Nordea Bank (Main Office): Middelthunsgt. 17, N-0368 Oslo, Norway

Please be aware that Nordea Bank will charge a fee for your transfer.

Receipt of your deposit

To receive a receipt you must have registered to use the Deposit Account and transferred the money.

It will take at least 10 working days, but SiO's Account Office will send you a receipt as soon as they receive confirmation from Nordea Bank that the deposit is complete. The timeframe depends on how quickly the banks transfer the money. We are unable to speed up this process.

  • Use the receipt from SiO, and your own receipt for the transfer, to document that you have sufficient money to cover your stay in Norway. Submit both receipts to the Norwegian Embassy in your home country along with your application and the other required documents.

How do I access the money?

If you have deposited money to SiO's visa deposit account in connection with your residence permit/visa application, you have several options:

  • If you're going to be staying in SiO accommodation, you can use the money you have transferred to pay your housing deposit. You can also use this money to pay your rent. If you want to do this,  please email SiO's Accounting office at and ask them to make the transfer.
  • You can withdraw a portion of the amount (NOK 22 000) in cash cards at the beginning of the semester. The cash cards can be collected by appointment at SiO's accounting office. The dates that you can collect the cash card will be posted here as soon as possible. More information will be given to you at the Orientation Meeting.
  • Please note that you should still have an amount of money available to fund your first 5-6 weeks in Norway.
  • You will have the (remaining) money refunded once you have a Norwegian bank account. As this depends on receiving a Norwegian ID number first, it can take up to two months before you can access the full sum. Once you have a bank account you can fill out this form and SiO will transfer your money.
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