How to Apply

Applicants applying for A visas are exempt from paying visa fees. Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from paying visa fees for all types of visas.  Official passport holders are not charged for official visas, but are required to pay visa application and reciprocal issuance fees if applicable, for all non-official visas.

We encourage all Norwegian diplomatic and official visa applicants to submit their visa applications through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Diplomatic missions in Norway can submit visa applications on behalf of their diplomatic personnel and other government officials and their immediate families by messenger to the Embassy’s Diplomatic Visa Unit. The Embassy also accepts visa applications from domestic employees of all diplomatic passport holders accredited to their missions in Norway.

Any Diplomatic or Official visa application accompanied by all necessary supporting documentation can also be sent by registered mail service, or delivered to the Embassy of the United States by a recognized courier service. The mailing address for any Diplomatic and Official Visa applications is:

United States Embassy
Att: Visa Unit v/Oslo Official
PO Box 4075 AMB
0244 OSLO

If you wish to book an appointment to deliver an official or diplomatic visa application in person at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, please send an email to OsloOfficial@state.gov.

All Diplomatic/Official visa applicants must provide:

  • Confirmation page of the electronic application form DS-160(containing a barcode);
  • A valid passport;
  • If available, any old passports containing visas to the United States (valid or expired);
  • One approx. 5 x 5 cm color photograph;
    – Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
    – Photo must be taken with a plain white background
    – Photo cannot be older than 6 months
    – Photo must be printed on photo quality paper
    – Eye glasses are not allowed in visa photos
    – For full photo requirements, please visit this website
  • Diplomatic Note (Only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway can provide this) / Verbal Note / Official Visa Request. In many cases the note is sent directly to Consular section by the appropriate protocol office. The Note should list the name of the official travelers and specify their date of birth, title or official status.  It should also specify the place of assignment or visit, purpose of travel, brief description of duties, travel date, anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States and the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of the household who will be accompanying or joining the principal applicant.

In addition:

Any immediate family members to A1 – A2, G1 – G4 visa holders should also provide:

  • A copy of the principal applicant’s visa

A-3 and G-5 visa applicants should also provide: 

  • A copy of the employer’s diplomatic visa;
  • Employment contract signed by both employer and employee. Please see this website for an employment contract template. 
  • A-3 visa applicants must provide a Note Verbale listing the name of the employee, and the employer’s official title or status.  It should also specify the date of departure from Norway, and the purpose of the trip and length of stay in the United States; and
  • G-5 visa applicants must provide the original official request from the international organization, unless it has been sent directly to the Embassy.
  • If applicable: documents relating to any arrest and/or criminal conviction, medical ineligibility, or denial to enter/deportation from the United States.

Important note: domestic helpers of diplomats (A3) and international organization employees (G5) must first be registered with the Department of State’s Office of Foreign Mission Management Information System (TOMIS) before applying for a visa. For details of TOMIS registration please contact the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Foreign Missions.