How to apply

Most people applying for a residence permit to study at a university or college in Sweden can use the online application on the Swedish Migration Board website.

If you are applying online, are granted a residence permit and do not need a visa to enter Sweden, you do not normally have to visit the embassy. Regardless of how you apply, your residence permit must have been granted before you leave for Sweden.

Applying online 

How to proceed (for applications on paper forms, see further down):

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Board gives priority to applications that are completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Board website.

The Swedish Migration Board website

2. Applying
Follow the Swedish Migration Board’s instructions. You attach documents electronically and pay the application fee using a VISA card or a MasterCard. Family members use the same online application if they apply at the same time as you. The online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Board for processing followed by a decision.

Online application on the Swedish Migration Board website

3. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Board has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. You get the actual decision by visiting the embassy. Bring your passport when collecting the decision.

4. Arrange for a residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit for more than three months, you will be issued with a residence permit card.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden
Visit the embassy to be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card. You can do so either while waiting for a decision or after you have been granted a residence permit. Bring the passport that you used when applying for a residence permit.

You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the embassy. Once the card has arrived here the embasssy will contact you. You must bring your passport with you.

If you do not need a visa to enter Sweden
If you have been granted a residence permit and do not require a visa, you travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there. Contact the Swedish Migration Board for photographing and fingerprinting.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, you can fill in a paper form that you submit in person to the embassy. How to proceed:

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Board gives priority to applications that are completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Board website.

The Swedish Migration Board website

2. Pay the application fee
If you are applying online, you pay with a credit card or a bank card on the web. You can also chose to pay directly to the bank. The Embassy does not accept cash payments.

All application fees shall be paid at
Zenith Bank
account No: 1130018871

You must always pay the fee before your visit to the Embassy. 

3. Present the application at the embassy
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents and a receipt of payment for the fee at the appointed time.

Visa and residence permit applications are received by appointment only.

Bookings are handled by e-mail: bookings.abuja@foreign.ministry.se

You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

The embassy sends your documents to the Migration Board in Sweden.

4. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Board informs the embassy of its decision. The embassy then contacts you. Bring your passport when collecting the decision.

5. Arrange for a residence permit card
If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will receive a residence permit card. You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.