Frequently asked questions

Here you can find some of the most common questions asked by applicants. If you can't find the answers to your questions below, you can contact the visa section of the Embassy.

1. Do I have to apply in person?
No, all students can apply online. After you have applied online, however, you must visit the Embassy or a Consulate General to show your passport and leave biometrics for your residence permit card, either before or after a decision has been made.

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, then yes, you will have to visit the Embassy or Consulate General (provided that you are a resident of the Consulate General’s uptake area) to apply in person. You do not have to make an appointment to submit your application at the Embassy.

2. Am I supposed to make an appointment before I go to the Embassy to apply?
If you cannot or do not want to apply online and you want to submit a paper application at the Embassy instead, you do not need to book an appointment to do so. Bring your passport along with all the required documents for your application to the Embassy’s visa section, take a queue number and wait for your turn. For more information, please see the 'How to apply'-section in the menu on the left.

Our opening hours are Monday-Friday, 9.00-11.00 a.m. Please note that the Embassy is closed on some Swedish and Chinese public holidays, please check the following link for more information:

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3. Is it possible to apply for a residence permit at the Norwegian Consulate in Guangzhou?
No. The Norwegian Consulate in Guangzhou only handles applications for Schengen visas.

4. How do I get to the Embassy?
The Embassy is located on Dongzhimenwai Dajie No. 3 in the Sanlitun District in Beijing. The visa section has a separate entrance located on the west side of the Embassy area. The closest subway station to the embassy is Agricultural Exhibition Center (农业展览馆/Nongye Zhanlanguan). The embassy is located less than 5 minutes’ walk due west from the northwest exit of the Agricultural Exhibition Center subway station.

The address to the Embassy can be found at the bottom of this page.

5. My wife/husband/child is planning to accompany me to Sweden and stay with me while I am studying there. How should they apply and how much money should they prepare?
They should apply as co-applicants to students. If you apply online on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website, you can apply for them in your own application. If they don’t apply at the same time as you and you have not yet been granted a residence permit, they should submit paper applications at the Embassy or a Consulate General (provided that they are residents of the Consulate General’s uptake area). For more information, please see the 'How to apply'-section in the menu on the left.

For information on which documents they need to prepare and how much money they need to have at their disposal, please see the ‘Required documents’-section in the menu on the left.

6. How do I pay the application fee?
If you apply online, you pay the application fee directly online with a VISA or MasterCard. If you submit a paper application at the Embassy or a Consulate General you pay the application fee by card when you hand in your application. Cash payments are not accepted.

7. Will my application be sent to the Migration Agency in Sweden?
All applications submitted online, including applications for exchange studies, are received directly by the Swedish Migration Agency and the decisions will be made in Sweden. Online applications are never processed by the Embassy or Consulate General.

If you apply at the Embassy or a Consulate General and you are not an exchange student, your application will be sent by courier to the Swedish Migration Agency and the decision will be made there.

Applications for exchange studies for a period shorter than one year are generally processed at the Embassy or Consulate General, and the decisions are made in China. 

8. How long will it take before a decision is made in my case?
The processing time for your application varies depending on which type of studies you have applied for, if you have submitted all the required documents, if you have applied online or on paper, and the current workload at the Swedish Migration Agency. For an estimation of the processing time in your case, please check the following link:

Check the estimated processing time for your application on the Swedish Migration Agency website

If you have submitted a paper application for a residence permit for exchange studies for a period shorter than a year, the processing time for your application will depend on if you have submitted all the required documents, as well as the current workload at the Embassy or Consulate General. It usually takes less than a month for the Embassy to make a decision in an application for exchange studies, provided that all the required documents have been submitted and that they are in accordance with our specifications.

9. Do I have to make an appointment for leaving biometrics at the Embassy?
No, you do not need to make an appointment for leaving biometrics at the Embassy, regardless of whether or not a decision has been made in your case. Just bring your passport to the Embassy during our opening hours (Monday-Friday, 9-11am), take a queue number and wait for your turn.

When a decision is made in your case and you have not yet left biometrics, the Swedish Migration Agency may send you an automated e-mail to inform you that you need to make an appointment with the Embassy within 14 days to leave biometrics. Please ignore this. You do not need to book an appointment to leave biometrics, and you do not need to do so within 14 days either. Please be advised, however, that the sooner you leave biometrics, the sooner you will be able to collect your residence permit card.

10. How and when can I get my residence permit card?
A resident permit card will only be produced after you have been granted a residence permit and left biometrics for the card. If you apply online, you can leave biometrics either before a decision has been made, or after your residence permit has been granted. If you have previously lived in Sweden and have a registered address with the Swedish Tax Agency, we recommend you to leave biometrics after you have been granted a residence permit, as your card may otherwise be sent to your registered address in Sweden. If this applies to you, please tell the Embassy staff that you want to collect your card in Beijing before you start leaving biometrics in the reception. If you submit a paper application you will leave biometrics in connection with the application, and the card will be sent to the Embassy or Consulate General where you submitted your application.

Once you have been granted a residence permit and left biometrics, your residence permit card will be ordered automatically. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for the card to be produced and sent over to the Embassy or Consulate general. When we receive your card, we will send you an e-mail (to the e-mail address you provided in your application) to inform you that you can come to the Embassy to collect your card.

If more than three weeks have passed since you were granted a residence permit and left biometrics, please contact the visa section at the Embassy to check the status of your card.

Note: Residence permit cards cannot be produced more than three months before the start date of your residence permit. So if your residence permit was granted more than three months before the start date of your residence permit, your card will be produced and sent to the Embassy three months before the start date of your residence permit.

11. What kind of documents do I need to prepare when I go to collect my residence permit card?
You only need to bring your passport when you come to collect your residence permit card. All applicants over 2 years old must come to the Embassy in person to collect their cards.

12. Can I visit other European countries using my residence permit card?
Yes, you can make trips to other countries within Schengen, but only for travelling purposes, not for the purpose of settling down, working, or studying.

13. Where can I get an application form? What kind of documents do I need to prepare for when I apply?
For information on what documents are required for your own application or your family members' applications, please check here: 'Required documents'. Please read the information thoroughly before you contact the embassy with inquiries regarding the specifications of the required documents.

You can download application forms from the Migration Agency's website, or pick them up at the Embassy.

14. I will study in Sweden for more than a year, how much money should I prepare for my stay in Sweden?
Any applicant who will study in Sweden for a period of ten months or longer must show that they have the equivalent of at least SEK 79740 at his/her disposal. An applicant who will study for longer than a year is initially given a resident permit with a period of validity of 13 months, and will then have to apply for an extension either online or at one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s offices. When an applicant applies for an extension, he/she must provide proof that he/she has sufficient funds to continue their studies in Sweden.

So, if you intend to study in Sweden for 18 months, or even 3 or 4 years, you will still only need to show that you have the equivalent of at least SEK 79740 at your disposal when you submit your application.

15. Which bank should I use for the bank certificate? In which currency should the money be provided? Do I need to freeze the money in my account?
You can use any bank for your bank statement. The money can be in any currency, but preferably RMB, SEK, USD or Euro. You should provide a bank statement in English from a bank account in your own name, on which the outgoing balance on the last day of the statement needs to be sufficient to support yourself for the entire stay in Sweden. If the original bank statement is not in English, you need to have it translated by an authorized translator. The issue date of the bank statement should be dated close to the time of your application.

Certificates of deposit (i.e. "frozen" deposits) are only acceptable if the end date of the deposit is before your intended date of entry to Sweden.

16. I was granted a residence permit but the period is shorter than I applied for. Why?
A residence permit can never be granted beyond the expiry date of your passport. If your passport expires before the end of your intended stay in Sweden, the validity period of your residence permit will be shorter than what you applied for.

A residence permit cannot be granted for periods of time during which you are not covered by health insurance (if your study period is shorter than a year). If you are covered by Health insurance through your educational institution, please make sure to check for how many days before and/or after your study period you are covered.

17. Can I get my application fee back if my application is refused?
If your application is refused, the application fee will not be refunded.

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