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Guest researcher at UiB

Welcome as our guest at UiB. Here is some practical information for our guest researchers from abroad. We hope this will give you a good start on your visit at UiB.

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Establishing contact

The university receives many requests from researchers wanting to visit us for a period. Usually you will have the best chance to succeed in making a research visit, if you first establish direct contact with our researchers in your field.

If  you neeed help to establish contact, we can assist you. Contact us at: euraxess@uib.no.

Requirements for EU/EEA guest

If you are staying longer than 90 days, you must register with the Police.

Requirements for non-EU/EEA guests

Guest invitation

If you need a Schengen visa or a residence permit to visit us, an official invitation letter is required. 

The written invitation should include the official letter head of the inviting department/unit of the university, explaining who will be coming, how long they will be staying in Norway, and the purpose of their stay. It should also be made clear if the inviting department will be financial responsible for travel costs, accommodation or other costs.

The invitation letter is for processing the visa, and the immigration officers need to understand the scope of the visit to process the application.

There is no requirement for universities to submit a guarantee declaration. Any financial responsibility should be well documented in the invitation letter.

Apply for a residence permit

Start the process early! Please note that, as a rule, one is not allowed to start working in Norway before the residence permit has been granted. Applying for residence permit should be done well in advance of arrival in Norway.

Registration process step-by-step

To start the registration process, follow the instructions on webpage Want to apply to visit or live in Norway (udi.no) of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Here is some specific advise to help you along the way:

  1. On the initial webpage Want to apply (udi.no), follow the instructions and choose the Work immigration track.
  2. In the next step, choose the  Vocational training and research  track and then Researcher with own funds. Press How to apply
  3. In the next step, you are asked if you are already in Norway and wish to hand in the application here. Choose Wish to apply from abroad and enter the country in which you are legally residing. Note: Only under very special circumstances non-EU/EEA nationals may apply for a residence permit from Norway. 
  4. Print out the Checklist for researchers with own funds
  5. This will take you to the UDI application portal. Create a user if you do not already have one. Tick the disclaimer and press the button Go to application form.
  6. In the Where are you submitting the application section, choose the country in which you are legally residing 
  7. Make a note of where you must submit the documents.
  8. Fill in the personal information.
  9. In the Contact information section you are asked to indicate your planned address in Norway. If this is not yet clarified, use the address of your UiB department/center.
  10. The next steps should be straight forward until you come to the Information about your work section. Here you are asked to provide the organisation number of UiB which is 874 789 542.
  11. On how long you like your residence permit to be valid for, you enter the length of the research stay agreed upon with the university spelled out in the invitation letter.
  12. Check the information, tick the boxes, pay the application fee and follow the instructions on how to book an appointment for submitting the documents. Make sure to bring all the documents required in the checklist to this appointment.
  13. Depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to enter Norway. This visa will be issued automatically when the residence permit has been granted.
  14. As soon as you have submitted the documents, you proceed to the next step by following the instructions under Arriving in Bergen, registration with Norwegian authorities. As part of this procedure, you book a new appointment for getting the residence card. Note that you can only prebook appointments 7 weeks ahead. Do the booking well in advance of moving to Norway and choose one of the first available timeslots after your planned arrival in Bergen. Book the appointment at the Service Center for Foreign Workers in Bergen.

PhD students with external financing

If you are an International PhD student arriving with financing from your home country, please follow the steps and information at International PhD students with external financing | Student Pages | UiB

Tax information

Are you receiving salary from an organisation in Norway, you must apply for a Norwegian tax card.

Are you staying more than 14 days, you must register at the tax office.

Guest lecturer and opponents: If you are receiving salary for work performed abroad or in Norway, see information from the Norwegian Tax Administration.

Social security documentation

Bringing with you an A1 form or CoC from another country? 

If you are a posted worker to Norway and receive salary from a foreign employer, you must bring with you documentation of social security. This is obtained by your home country's social security administration.

EU/EEA: A1 form from your home country

Other countries: Certificate of Coverage (CoC) from your home country



EU/EEA: European health insurance card. Are you staying longer than 3 months, you must apply for an S1 certificate from your home country.

All guests must have insurance to cover health expenses. We also recommend everyone to have a travel insurance.

Mandatory tubercolosis test for those coming from a country with high risk

When arriving from a country that has a higher risk of TB infections, and staying more than 90 days, one must undergo screening.After registereing entry to Norway you will be notified by mail if you need to take compulsory tuberculosis screening or an X-ray examination.

The examination is free of charge and is done at Smittevernkontoret

  • Visiting adress: Helsehus, Solheimsgaten 9, 3rd floor (4.etg)
  • Opening hours: Monday – Tuesday: 08.20 – 11.00

It is not possible to make appointments in advance. Remember to bring your passport.

Contact Smittevernkontoret at: smittevernet@bergen.kommune.no or call 55 56 58 80.