What you need to do before/upon arrival in Norway.
Step 1 – All Grantees Except Those Staying in Svalbard:
After confirming that a decision has been made on your residence permit application, schedule an appointment with the police 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 to get this taken care of. If it does, make note of the date and plan on attending.
Please be aware that the police 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 a police appointment 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 call the police to book an appointment or contact the Fulbright office for assistance.
Step 2 – a) All grantees and family members with residence permits lasting six months or more; b) Grantees who plan to work part-time or receive a salary; c) Spouses of students, who plan to work up to 20 hours a week.
After having been to the police (or having received your residence permit card in the mail), make an appointment at a specially designated local tax office (skattekontoret) to obtain a personal ID number (personnummer, the Norwegian equivalent of a social security number). This 11-digit number consists of your date of birth plus a 5 digit personal number. The ID number is required for opening a bank account, setting up a mobile phone account, for obtaining student cards, and if you plan to work or receive a salary in Norway. Information about how to apply for a personal ID number can be found here.
Grantees whose stay is for less than six months will not be able to get a personnummer/personal ID number and therefore do not need to go to the tax office.
Step 2 – All Grantees:
Remember to register as an American citizen living in Norway with the U.S. Department of State at https://step.state.gov/step/ 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.