Information about Schengen visa
Last updated: 13/08/2012 //
The Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Applicants are advised to read the list of required documents carefully.
General information about Schengen visa.
- A Schengen Visa may be granted to applicants who are going to Norway as a tourist, or for the purpose of a family visit, a public assignment or a business travel, a study visit or any other activities that do not require a residence permit, when the intention is to return to the applicant's country of residence before the visa expires.
- A visa to Norway and the rest of the Schengen countries is valid for a maximum of 90 days. However, the total residence time in the Schengen area cannot exceed 90 days during the past six months.
- It is not possible to apply for a residence permit (family Immigration permit, work permit, au-pair permit etc) whilst in Norway on a Schengen Visa, nor is it possible to work (paid or unpaid).
- A Schengen Visa may, as a general rule, not be extended after you have entered the Schengen area.
- It is not possible to apply more than 90 days before the intended journey. If the application is approved, the applicant's last date of entry to Schengen is 90 days from when the decision was made.
- Applicants intending to visit one Schengen country should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of that country.
- Applicants intending to visit several Schengen countries should apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is the main destination (i.e. where the applicant will spend the most days).
- Applicants intending to visit several Schengen countries, but do not have a main destination (i.e. the applicant intends to spend an equal amount of days in each country), should apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country which is the first port of entry.
- The issue of Schengen visas is discretionary and depends on examination of each individual case, including purpose of visit and intention to return.