Arrival Checklist

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 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 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.

Grantees staying in Norway for six months or more, will be simultaneously processed for a personummer and permit card.

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.