How to apply

People applying for a residence permit to study at a university or college in Sweden should use the online application on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

If you are applying online and do not need a visa to enter Sweden, you do not usually have to visit the embassy. Regardless of how you apply, your 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 Agency 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 Agency website.

2 Applying

Follow the Swedish Migration Agency'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 Agency for processing followed by a decision

Online application on the Swedish Migration Agency website

3 Wait for the decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency 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 permit for more than three months, you will receive 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. You can visit the embassy without making an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00. 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 there, you can collect it without making an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00. You must bring your passport with you. If you want to know whether your card has reached the embassy, you can contact it by sending an email to ambassaden.bangkok-visum@gov.se.

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 Agency 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 Agency website.

2 Pay the application fee

Pay the fee at any UOB bank in Bangkok (there is one for instance in the same building as the embassy). The fee is to be paid into account number 795-1-05431-7 and the account holder is ‘Swedish Embassy’.

Read more under ‘Fees’ .

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.

You can present the application without making an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00.

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

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

4 Wait for the decision

The Swedish Migration Agency 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’.