Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions to Swedish overseas authorities.

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I would like to apply for a residence permit

The best way is to submit an online application, for more information please refer to the website of the Swedish Migration Board: www.migrationsverket.se

If you are unable to submit an online application, you can apply to an embassy or consulate-general. For information on how to proceed, please go to either:

Applying for a residence permit to study in Sweden

Applying for a residence permit to move to a close relative in Sweden

I would like to schedule an appointment for an interview

See "Book an appointment" on how to schedule appointments. If you have submitted an online application for a residence permit, you can schedule an appointment after the Swedish Migration Agency has informed you about this. It is important that you state your control or case number.

I have a brother/sister, mother's or father's sister/brother, son/daughter who are adults and reside in Sweden. Can I apply for family reunion?

Normally residence permits are only provided to spouses and children below the age of 18.

In exceptional cases you can be granted a residence permit for moving to another close relative in Sweden who you have lived with in the country of origin. For example, this may apply if you are above the age of 18 and your parents reside here. You should be able to prove that you lived together immediately before your close relative moved to Sweden and that you were already socially and emotionally dependent on each other in the country of origin, and therefore it is difficult for you to live separately.

The application should be submitted as soon as possible after your relative moved to Sweden and was granted a permanent residence permit.

Am I entitled to priority from the embassy?

No, you are not entitled to priority from the embassy/consulate-general. When you schedule an appointment you will be given the first available appointment. The Swedish Migration Board's decision to grant priority only applies for processing by them and not by the embassy or consulate-general.

I have an appointment with you, but I would like you to transfer my case to another embassy.

 

If it relates to an online application, you should contact the embassy/consulate-general where you want your investigation to take place. When they confirm that you have been scheduled an appointment with them, they will arrange for your case to be transferred there.

Status of the case/progress

If you have applied online, your application will first be processed with the Swedish Migration Board in Sweden. When you receive communication on scheduling an appointment for an interview, you should contact the embassy or consulate-general you have stated in the application. When the investigation has been completed, the case will be transferred to the Swedish Migration Board again for them to make a decision. The waiting times are long as there are many applicants for permits. See the Swedish Migration Board's website for more information.

You can check if a decision has been made regarding your case on the Swedish Migration Board's website. 

I have received a residence permit and would like to have a residence permit card – leave finger prints and take photographs – how can I proceed?

You are welcome to the embassy to leave finger prints and take photographs without scheduling an appointment during our opening hours, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between the hours 8.45 – 9.30.

Has my Residence permit card (UT card) arrived?

If you have provided biometrics, it takes approximately 4 weeks from the decision to produce and deliver the UT card to the embassy. We will inform you over e-mail/telephone when the UT card has arrived.

I would like to collect my Residence permit card from another embassy or consulate-general.

 

You should normally collect your Residence permit card from the embassy or consulate-general where you took photographs and fingerprints. If you are unable to collect it there you can send an e-mail to the embassy and request them to send the UT card to another embassy or to the Swedish Migration Board in Sweden where a relative who has a power of attorney can collect it.

I would like to apply/have applied for a residence permit and would like to have my interview at an embassy in another country. 

Please look under "Where to apply" for more information

I would like to visit Sweden and apply for a visa – how should I proceed?

The easiest and quickest way for applying for a visa is to contact VFS Global which the embassy/consulate-general collaborates with. You can submit the application and also obtain the decision from VFS Global after approx. 14 days.

See the website of VFS for the address, opening hours and other information:

Link to VFS Global

For more information, got to "Applying for a visa"

How can I apply for a work permit?

The best way is to submit an online application, for more information please refer to the website of the Swedish Migration Board: www.migrationsverket.se

If you are unable to submit an online application, you can apply to an embassy or consulate-general. For information on how to proceed, please go to "Applying for a work permit"

Can I apply for asylum to the Swedish Embassy?

No, you cannot apply for asylum to an embassy. In order to apply for asylum it is necessary that you have entered Sweden.

I would like to move to Sweden based on humanitarian grounds – how can I proceed?

In order to be granted a residence permit in Sweden you should have close family ties, have an offer of employment or been admitted to studies. You cannot be granted a residence permit based on asylum grounds if you are outside Sweden. If you are a refugee and are outside your country of origin, in the first instance you should register with UNHCR in the country where you are.  

 

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