Information to applicants from Afghanistan about handing in identity documents when applying from Pakistan


If you are an Afghan citizen applying from Pakistan, you must hand in your ID documents to be checked by the Embassy.

Published: 21.02.2017

The Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad will from 15 March 2017 require all applicants with Afghani passports to hand in their original passport when applying for all types of residence permits or visitor’s visas to Norway. If you do not have a passport, you need to hand in another ID document or an explanation as to why you are unable to submit any ID documents.

You will receive a written confirmation from the embassy after you have submitted your ID documents, to prove that you have handed them in.

The passport or ID document will be returned to you after the Embassy has conducted the proper control of the document. You will normally get the ID documents back four working days after you submitted itto a VAC/Gerry’s office. Kindly note that the Embassy will only return the documents to the VAC/Gerry’s office where you submitted the documents.

The Embassy strongly advice against travelling out of Pakistan before getting your passport back, as you may not be able to re-enter Pakistan to pick up your passport. The Embassy will not be able to send your documents by post outside of Pakistan.

If you have handed in your application before 15 March 2017, and you are granted a visa or a residence permit in Norway, the Embassy will conduct a thorough check of your documents when you come to the Embassy to have your visa issued. If there are any irregularities with the passport or ID document at that time, the Embassy will refuse to issue the visa.