Residence Permit and Deposit Account

Please note that FIUC holds no responsibility for your residence permit application. Your residence permit application may also be denied even if you’ve been accepted at FIUC.

To be granted a residence permit/visa (study permit) to Norway as a non-EU student, UDI requires documentation proving you have enough money to live by while studying in Norway.

To apply for a study permit you must contact UDI here.

We recommend you transferring the required amount to the SiO (Student Welfare Organiazaion in Oslo) deposit account to get a confirmation of sufficient funds.

If you are an exchange student from a country that Norway has a visa exemption agreement with, you should not deposit money into the SiO deposit account.  If you are uncertain, please see UDI’s list here.

 

To apply for a SiO deposit account, follow these instructions:

 

  • Register a new user at SiO, and apply for a residence permit deposit account via MyPage.
  • When the application has been approved, an invoice will be generated.
  • Transfer the money as soon as possible. Make sure to include the full name of the student, date of birth and customer number (as written in the invoice) in the message/comments section.

If you intend to apply for SiO Housing, you must register an application for housing first.

 

You can also apply for housing at our own housing establishment. For more information about housing at Fjellhaug please check our website: https://nlmeiendom.no/.

You can apply for housing at Fjellhaug here: http://www.studentheimen.net/application.asp

 

  • Guide on how to apply for housing and a residence permit deposit account on MyPage 
  • When your application has been approved from SiO housing (approx. 1-2 days), you register a new user at SiO, and apply for a residence permit deposit account.
  • When the application has been approved, an invoice will be generated.
  • Transfer the money as soon as possible. Make sure to include the full name of the student, date of birth and customer number (as written in the invoice) in the message/comments field.

Deadline

  • June 15th for the fall semester
  • November 15th for the spring semester

It is possible to make a transfer of funds to the deposit account after the deadline, but please note that UDI require all documents to be handed in by July/December 1st in order for the application of residence permit to be processed in time for the semester start.

 

Please note:

  • We recommend that you make the transfer in Norwegian kroner (NOK), if possible.
  • You can make the transfer in any currency, but please be aware of the exchange rates.
  • Due to the banking fees we advise you to transfer the money in as few transactions as possible.
  • You must also pay the recipient banking fees in addition to banking fees charged by your own bank.

Confirmation Letter

Once your payment has been received and registered by SiO, a confirmation letter will be generated. It may take 5-8 days from you made your payment until you receive the confirmation letter. You will find your confirmation letter in your application on MyPage.

Use the confirmation letter and your own receipt from the transfer when applying for a residence permit at the Norwegian embassy/consulate.

How to Access Your Money

  • You can use your money to pay the housing deposit and rent if you are living in SiO Housing. Send an e-mail to ustdep@sio.noand they can make the transfer between the accounts for you.
  • You can access your money through «cash cards» issued by the SiO Accounting Office. Each card can be loaded with up to NOK 5500, -. Send an e-mail to ustdep@sio.noto make an appointment for retrieving cash cards.
  • Students staying for two semesters or more can open a bank account in Norway and get the money transferred to their Norwegian bank account.
  • When you have a Norwegian bank account you can fill out a formto get the money transferred.
  • When leaving Norway, you can get remaining funds transferred back to the bank account it was originally transferred from.