Guide to waiting time for study permits

In order to tell you how long you have to wait for an answer to your application for a study permit, we ask you to answer two questions.  

The information on this page is personalised for

What type of application have you submitted?: first time application (do not already have a study permit)

What type of study permit have you applied for?: university college or university

The waiting time for your case depends on whether you have submitted your documents to the police or a VFS Application Centre before or after 1 January 2022. You can read more about why we do this. The waiting time is calculated from the date you handed in your documents to the police or the VFS Application Centre. 

If we need more information to process your application, we will contact you. If you call us, we will not be able to give you any further information regarding the waiting time than what you find here. 

Information for students who are going to study at a university or university college

If you handed in your documents before 1 January 2022

Unfortunately, we have several applications in line for processing after the entry ban to Norway in 2021. You may experience a waiting period of up to 12 months from when you applied until you receive an answer.

The waiting time may change. The latest information always applies, even if you have been notified of another waiting time earlier. We update this information once a month.

If UDI needs to do additional research, it may take longer before you receive an answer.

If you handed in your documents after 1 January 2022 

If you apply before 1 December 2022, you will receive a decision to your application before the start of your studies in spring 2023.

Even if you have not applied by 1 December, we will work to process your application by the start of your studies.

This information was last updated on 19 October 2022.

It will be updated again on 24 November. 


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