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Information Resource Center
March 1, 2022

The IRC can provide reference, referral and documentation service for researchers, journalists, govt officials, and others with a professional or scholarly interest in the United States. Qualified information resource specialists can assist with your inquiries about the U.S.

The IRC also provides personalized alert services on topics relating to U.S. policy and topical issues. If you need assistance from the IRC in connection with your work, please send an email to osloIRC@state.gov.


  • The IRC does not answer queries about visas to the United States or about other consular matters. For consular information, please check the Consular pages of our website.
  • The IRC does not answer any questions regarding ESTA, all questions concerning ESTA should be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Public Information and Quick Reference Service

For general information about the United States, please check the About the U.S. section of the site.

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