How to apply for a visa in the UK

The Embassy has outsourced its visa services to the external service provider VFS. Visa applications can be submitted at VFS' offices in London and Edinburgh.

If you wish to apply for a Schengen visa you will have to schedule an appointment with VFS and apply in person at their visa application centre:

Joint Visa Application Centre
66 Wilson Street
London EC2A 2BT

All appointments must be booked via VFS' website

You can also apply in Edinburgh:

Joint Visa Application Centre
1 Rennie's Isle
Edinburgh EH6 6QT
All appointments must be booked via VFS' website 

Please read all information provided on the VFS website regarding the necessary documents and procedures.

For questions regarding your visa application, processing time and supporting documents, please contact VFS by email or telephone: 0871 376 0023.

Please try to apply as early as possible, especially during the summer months and before public holidays. You may apply for a visa up to three months before you start your trip. ONLY applications from residents in the UK can be accepted.

Diplomatic passport holders in the UK may still lodge their applications with the Embassy. Please contact the Embassy on 020 7591 5500 for more information.

Holders of Official or Service passports need to make an appointment on the VFS website

Please note that it is possible to book an appointment for a Schengen visa directly at the Embassy. However, there are only a very limited number of appointments available each day and they are usually booked weeks in advance. For an earlier appointment and a faster service it is recommended to book through VFS.

For appointments with VFS click here

All applicants must book appointments and apply in person. Please note that no postal applications can be sent to the Embassy. Postal applications that are addressed to the Embassy will be returned to the sender without being processed.

Applicants for business visas may send their applications by post if they are employed by one of the following companies:

- Statoil
- Aker Solutions
- Det Norske Veritas
- BP
- Schlumberger
- Shell
- WesternGeco

Please send your supporting documents by special delivery to:
Joint Visa Application Centre
No. 50 Devonshire Street North
M12 6JH

Appointments for residence permits (eg. student visas, family reunion, work permits)

Applications for residence permits will still be processed at the Embassy.
If you wish to apply for a residence permit please lodge your application online
To book an appointment please click here.

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