Arrival Checklist

What you need to do before/upon arrival in Norway.

Step 1 – All Grantees Except Those Staying in Svalbard:

After a decision has been made on your residence permit application, schedule an appointment to be photographed for your residence permit card or, if you are a student, see if your university has a day scheduled for international students for this purpose. If it does, make note of the date and plan on attending.

Please be aware that the offices in many cities are very busy and you may not be able to get an appointment until several weeks after your arrival.

If you used the online portal system to apply for your permit, you should be able to use it to schedule an appointment to be photographed for your permit card by logging in, selecting the relevant application from the list (by clicking the “pen and paper” button on the right of your current applications), clicking “change appointment” in the “Booking Information” section, and selecting a date and time. If you are not able to use the online system, please contact the Fulbright office for assistance.

At your appointment, be sure to provide your complete local residential address and, if living in multi-resident unit, the dwelling number. Lack of a dwelling number and/or a mismatch between the name on your mailbox and the name on the envelope may result in the postal service not delivering your card.

Grantees staying in Norway for six months or more, should be simultaneously processed for a personal number (personummer) and permit card. However, during the fall of 2019 some grantees received D-numbers instead of personal numbers. (Personal numbers start with your birth date in European format: DDMMYY.) In order to be able to open a bank account, you need to have a personal number. If you are erroneously assigned a D-number, you will need to apply for a personal number.

Step 2 – All Grantees:

Remember to register as an  American citizen living in Norway with the U.S. Department of State at Be sure to explore the citizen services available at the embassy as well.


Anti-fraud legislation in Norway requires grantees to apply for bank accounts themselves, and precludes the US-Norway Fulbright Foundation from applying on your behalf.  This means that you must have received your residence permit and your personnummer before you can open a bank account in Norway. Once you have received the necessary documentation, Fulbright can assist you in the process. Grantees who will be in Norway for less than six months, should contact the Fulbright office about alternate ways to receive stipend payments.

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