June 8 Visa Operations Update:
Due to conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo was forced to drastically reduce the number of consular appointments including all categories of American Citizens Services and visa services requiring in-person interviews at the Embassy. We realize the lack of available appointments has caused stress for some who planned to travel this summer, not least of whom are students who have been accepted to exchange programs or a U.S. college or university. We are working to resume routine visa services as expeditiously as possible in a safe manner. However, the pandemic continues to severely impact the number of visas we are able to process. Subject to pandemic conditions, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo will make every effort to get students in for visa appointments in time to attend their programs. This remains contingent on both a continued improvement in the pandemic conditions and our ability to meet increased demand while complying with requirements for worker protection and social distancing restrictions in our consular waiting area to safeguard our applicants. We understand that this is a very difficult time for students who plan to study abroad. The Embassy will publish any new information on our website and relevant social media platforms. International students are a priority for the Department of State. We recognize the important contributions these students make to our college and university campuses, the positive impact they have on U.S. communities, and the rich benefits of academic cooperation in increasing cultural understanding and furthering research and knowledge.
In the meantime, the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. If you are seeking to renew a visa in the same category, you may be able to renew by mail. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
Visa Services Suspension:
Visa Services Suspension: On January 25, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued a presidential proclamation suspending entry for aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and expanding restrictions to include travelers from South Africa.
Qualifying exceptions to the proclamations fall into the following categories: students, investors, academics, public health professionals, government officials, crewmembers, family members of U.S. citizens and residents, those needing medical treatment, humanitarian exceptions, and others whose travel is in the U.S. national interest for economic or national security reasons. For more information on these exceptions to the proclamations, see here.
Important Information for Visa Applicants:
Per Executive Order 13991 on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing and keeping in line with CDC recommendations, all visitors to the U.S. Embassy age two and above must wear a mask while on Embassy premises.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and/or experienced COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours after your visit to the embassy, please let us know as soon as possible so we may notify other visitors and our staff of possible exposure.
For information on U.S. entry requirements and quarantine, please review our COVID-19 information page.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Oslo is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- In Norway: 23 96 05 55 (8am-8pm, five days a week)
- In the U.S.: +1 703-520-2568 (7am – 3pm EST, five days a week)
- If you need to send documents by mail to the visa unit, it must be addressed to the mailing address:
U.S. Embassy Oslo
PO Box 4075 AMB
- Mail addressed to our visiting address will be returned to sender.
Visiting the Embassy or Consulate
Security for Visitors
- All visits to the Embassy require an appointment. Before you can schedule a U.S. visa appointment, you must complete the online visa application and pay the visa fee. To apply for a U.S. visa, pay the visa fee, and schedule a visa appointment, please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website.
- Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before or after your scheduled appointment. Late arrivals will be rescheduled.
- You must show valid photo identification.
- Electronic equipment and removable media, hazardous items, liquids, and weapons are not permitted in the Embassy.
- Baby strollers are permitted after a thorough search.
- Visitors must empty their belongings into a 17x16x32 cm box for security purposes. Mobile phones and small items may be stored in the box during your visit. Laptops cannot be stored. Items which do not fit into this space must be stored off Embassy property.
- Please bring only what you need with you for your appointment.
Tips for a smooth and comfortable Embassy visit
- Dress for the weather, you may have to stand in line outside.
- Please bring everything that you need to your appointment. Having all items that you need will eliminate the need to leave and re-enter the Embassy thus going through multiple security checks.
- Please read the checklist on our Global Support Services (GSS) website for detailed information regarding required items for your appointment.
Diplomats, Foreign Government Officials and Members of the Military
A-1, A-2 and G-1 through G-4 visas may be issued to diplomats and other government officials for official travel to the United States. Generally, the type of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon their purpose of travel to the United States. There are very specific requirements which must be met by applicants in order to qualify for A, G or NATO visas under U.S. immigration law.
A, G and NATO visa applicants are exempt from paying non-immigrant visa fees.
For questions regarding official visas and/or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at: email@example.com
Revised Visa Reciprocity Schedule for Norway
Effective December 30, 2019, the reciprocity schedule for Norway will be revised for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. Please see the travel.state.gov website for an overview of the new reciprocity fees for Norway.
U.S. law requires U.S. visa fees and validities to be based, insofar as practicable, on the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens. As per Executive Order 13780 of March 2017, the Department of State was required to undertake a worldwide review of nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements and arrangements. During that review, the Department of State noted discrepancies between Norway’s visa regime and that of the United States. The United States was therefore required by law to reduce validity and increase fees of some categories to match Norway’s practices.
These changes in visa fees and validities afforded Norwegian citizens were further adjusted to take into account differences in the respective visa systems.
The reciprocity fee is charged in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee) and can be paid at the time of your appointment if the application is approved. Norwegian citizens whose nonimmigrant visa application is denied will not be charged a reciprocity fee.
For more information, please see the Bureau of Consular Affairs website: travel.state.gov.