Oct 26, Colombo: The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo has advised against private agents charging fees for assistance with visa applications to Norway.
Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Jon Otto Brodholt has said that many of these agents, who charge exuberant fees for their services, give incorrect and misleading information about the procedures, fees and documentation required to obtain permits as skilled job seekers in Norway.
"They also seem to give incorrect information about the actual job possibilities in Norway," he has said.
The Norwegian Ministry of Labour has decided that no more work permits will be granted for the time being due to the high number of applications and a need for more information about the qualifications and the documentation presented by skilled job-seekers from certain countries, including Sri Lanka, the Embassy said.
The Embassy said for any other visas to Norway, VFS Sri Lanka located in the World Trade Center is the only center authorized by the Norwegian Embassy to receive application forms. All applications for visas to Norway should be submitted to VFS which will forward them to The Embassy.
Applicants are advised to use the information and checklist at the Embassy's website and follow the instructions about how to register their application online.