Guidelines for Schengen Visa Applicants in the United States

Last updated: 12/8/2015 // Schengen Visa applicants in the United States should consult these instructions. Please read them carefully and check out our FAQ Section below before submitting queries.

Where to apply and who does Norway represent?

The Norwegian Consulate General in New York represents Norway in all states of the US. You must select New York when you apply online at and submit your documents and biometry in person to one of the following Travisa/VFS offices:

New York, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, or Washington DC (addresses listed here).

We also represent Sweden and Iceland in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington state, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missisippi, Alabama, Florida, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S.Virgin Islands. Applicants for the states above should select New York for their online application and choose to submit their documents and biometry to either Travisa/VFS office in San Francisco or Houston.

Important Information:

  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of that particular country or the country that represents your destination. For Norway you must hand in your application with Travisa/VFS.
  • Please note that we can not accept your visa application until 90 days before your travels.
  • Please submit individual applications only, group applications will not be accepted.
  • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate or Travisa/VFS office of the country which is your main destination (where you will be staying most of the days). When a visa is granted it allows travel to all countries in the Schengen area.
  • If you intend to stay in the Schengen area for over 90 days you must apply for a residence permit, not a Schengen visa. Instructions are on the respective consulate's or VFS homepage.
  • United States citizens can vacation in the Schengen area for up to 90 days without a visa.
  • Applicants must have a U.S. visa or a Permanent Residence Card with three (3) months validity after returning from the Schengen area. If your US visa has expired, please have it renewed before applying. 
  • A Schengen Visa is not required for nationals of countries with which Norway has signed a visa waiver agreement.
  • Your Visa application will normally be processed within 15 days. We cannot honor rush requests. As such, we strongly recommend that you apply 1-3 months before planned date of departure.

Application Instructions

  1. You submit your application form online at the UDI Application Portal, select New York (link below), where you also pay the fee online. You have to log onto VFS/Travisa website to book your appointment to hand in your documents and give biometry at  All applicants have to appear for an interview in-person.
  2. During the interview we will capture your biometrics, including fingerprints and photo.
  3. Below is a linked document titled "Schengen Visa Instructions". Read this document carefully, check off what documents you have included, sign the document, and bring the document to your interview. Incomplete applications may be rejected
  4. In addition to the documents listed in the instructions, Applicants to Sweden must also submit the additional documentation linked below.




Applicants for Sweden

In addition to the required documentation listed in our instructions, all applicants for Sweden must also hand in a copy of "Family Details - Appendix to your application". Those visiting friends or family in Sweden must turn in an original version of the Invitation Appendix E and a copy of the invitee's "Personbevis" (they can order this from the Swedish Tax Authorities).

Applicants for Norway

Optional: Invitees in Norway should fill out the Gurantee Form for Visits.  

Applicants for Iceland

Applicants do not need to hand in any additional documents aside from those listed in our application instructions.

Photo Requirements

Applicants should consult the photo requirements laid out for Schengen Visa Applicants.  

Additional Insurance Information

Note that it is the applicant's responsibility to clearly document that his/her insurance meets Schengen Requirements. See our additional information about the insurance requirement.

Important information

Mere possession of a Schengen visa does not mean that the holder is guaranteed the right to enter the Schengen Area. The ultimate decision about admission lies with the border authorities. At the border, you may be requested to produce documents justifying the main destination, purpose and conditions of the intended stay, your health insurance coverage and that you have sufficient means of subsistence.



The UDI Application Portal, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, and our own Frequently Asked Questions Page (to be updated) contains a wealth of information and answers almost all questions.

If your question is not answered on these webpages, please contact VFS by e-mail or phone:


-       Tel: 516-234-7789

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