Required documents

If you wish to apply for a residence permit to study in Sweden, you will find information on which documents you need to submit below.

If you apply online, you attach the documents electronically. The required documents vary slightly depending on whether you apply online or on paper, and online applicants should therefore follow the specifications given on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.

If you apply on paper, you have to bring all the required documents to the embassy. You do not have to book an appointment to submit your application at the Embassy, just bring your passport and the required documents, take a queue number and wait for your turn.

The information on this page is divided into the following segments:

-       Required documents for students (except for exchange students, see further down) at university, college, folk high school, upper secondary school, or other types of educational institutions

-       Required documents for exchange students

-       Information for students under the age of 18

-       Documents required for your accompanying family

Make sure to check all the categories that apply to you, and then scroll down on this page to find the relevant information.

Note 1: You only need to submit one set of documents. Before March, 2016, all applicants were required to submit two sets of documents, please note that this is no longer the case.

Note 2: If you are required to submit Notary Certificates (for students under 18 or accompanying family members), please note that these must be in original.

Note 3: Mongolian citizens should note that Notary Certificates must be translated into English and be notarised by a notary public before being legalised and stamped by the Consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulan Bator.

Documents required for all students except exchange students

You need:

  • Form no. 105031 (Application for residence permit for students and doctoral students), completed and signed by the applicant.
  • A photocopy of the identity page in your passport. If you have valid visas or residence permits to other countries, please provide photocopies of these as well. Non-Chinese applicants must hand in a photocopy of a valid Chinese residence permit.
  • An admission decision or a letter of acceptance showing that you have been admitted to full-time studies in Sweden.
  • If your intended study period is shorter than a year, you need to submit a document in English that shows that you have a comprehensive health insurance valid in Sweden for the entirety of the intended stay. If the admission letter states that you will be covered by health insurance through the university/college, you do not need to provide additional proof of insurance, unless you intend to stay in Sweden beyond the specified study period in the admission letter. If your intended study period is longer than a year, you do not need to provide proof of health insurance, as you will be covered through the Swedish national healthcare system.
  • Proof that you can support yourself financially during your stay in Sweden. There are three ways to do this:
  1. A bank statement in English from a bank account in your own name that shows that you have enough money to support yourself during the study period. The statement must be stamped by the issuing bank. The sum requested is at present SEK 7974 per month. If you have been admitted to studies for 10 months or more, the bank statement must show that you have the equivalent of at least 79740 SEK.

Note 1: If your bank cannot provide bank statements in English, you must have the bank statement translated into English by an authorized translator, and then submit both the original document and the translation.

Note 2: The bank statement needs to show that the outgoing balance on the last transaction day is sufficient to cover your stay. The bank statement must be be dated close to the date of application (preferably only a few days), and must be stamped by the issuing bank.

Note 3: Certificates of deposit are only acceptable if the end date of the deposit is before your intended date of entry to Sweden. 

     2. A document issued in your name showing that you have received a scholarship or a student grant sufficiently large (see above) to cover your stay in Sweden. The document must include information about the monthly sum and the period during which you will receive such funds.
    3. A document proving that you have been awarded an educational grant (only applies to doctoral students) or have been employed as a doctoral student, with information regarding the amount and the period during which you will receive such funds.

Required documents for exchange students

Other rules apply for exchange students, and the required documents are slightly different.

The Embassy and the Consulate Generals have the authority to make decisions in applications for exchange studies, provided that the intended period of study is less than a year. The processing times will therefore sometimes be shorter if you apply directly at the Embassy or Consulate General than if you apply online, in which case your application will be decided by the Swedish Migration Agency. Please note, however, that we can in no way guarantee that the processing times at the Embassy or Consulate Generals will be faster than if you apply online.

If you apply online, please follow the instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website for which documents you need to submit, as their requirements differ from those of the Embassy and Consulate Generals.

If you hand in a paper application at the Embassy or a Consulate General, you need:

  • Form no. 105031 (Application for residence permit for students and doctoral students), completed and signed by the applicant.
  • A photocopy of the identity page in your passport. If you have valid visas or residence permits to other countries, please provide photocopies of these as well. Non-Chinese applicants must hand in a photocopy of a valid Chinese residence permit.
  • A letter of admission from a Swedish educational institution. The letter should be printed on paper with the educational institution’s official letter head, have an official signature from the educational institute, and must be handed in in original. It needs to state your full name, date of birth, and the start- and end dates for your study period, and if you will be provided with comprehensive health insurance through the educational institution this should also be stated.

Note: We do not accept scanned copies or photocopies of the admission letter or printouts from universityadmissions.se/antagning.se, unless the educational institution has confirmed your admission by e-mail sent directly to the Embassy. (Please note that the Consulate Generals may have different requirements for this, if you intend to apply at a Consulate General we advise you to check their website and/or contact them directly).

  • A letter of introduction in English from your Chinese school. The letter should be printed on paper with the school’s letter head, have an official stamp and signature from your school, and must be handed in in original. The letter should state that you are a student at the school, which major you are studying, and which year of studies you are in. It should also include the address of your school, the name of a contact person at your school, and contact details for this person.

Note: We do not accept scanned copies or photocopies of the letter of introduction. The letter must be both signed and stamped by your school and the name and position of the signee must be stated.

  • A document that shows that you have a comprehensive health insurance valid in Sweden for the entirety of the intended stay. If the admission letter states that you will be covered by health insurance through the educational institution, you do not need to provide additional proof of insurance, unless you intend to stay in Sweden beyond the study period specified in the admission letter. Please note that the Embassy does not require that this document is in English. (If you apply online, however, this document has to be in English)
  • Proof that you can support yourself financially during your stay in Sweden. There are three ways to do this:
  1. A bank statement from a bank account in your own name that shows that you have enough money to support yourself during the entire study period. The statement must be stamped by the issuing bank. The sum requested is at present SEK 7974 per month. If you have been admitted to studies for 10 months or more, the bank statement must show that you have the equivalent of at least 79740 SEK at your disposal.

Note 1: The Embassy accepts bank statements in Chinese. If you apply online, however, the bank statement must be in English or translated into English by an authorized translator.

Note 2: The bank statement needs to show that the outgoing balance on the last transaction day is sufficient to cover your stay. The bank statement must be dated close to the date of application (preferably only a few days), and must be stamped by the issuing bank.

Note 3: Certificates of deposit are only acceptable if the end date of the deposit is before your intended date of entry to Sweden. 

    2. A document issued in your name showing that you have received a scholarship or a student grant sufficiently large (see above) to cover your stay in Sweden. The document must include information about the monthly sum and the period during which you will receive such funds.
    3. A document proving that you have been awarded an educational grant (only applies to doctoral students) or have been employed as a doctoral student, with information regarding the amount and the period during which you will receive such funds.

Information for students under the age of 18

You need:

  • The documents required by all students except exchange students (see above).
  • Both of your parents have to sign the application form.
  • At least one of your parents has to accompany you to the Embassy when you hand in your application. If both of them are unable to do so, they must write a power of attorney to another person over the age of 18, for example your teacher, who will accompany you to the Embassy.
  • A Notary Certificate stating that your parents agree that you go to Sweden to study. It also needs to state the specific period during which you will be studying in Sweden.
  • A Notary Certificate of your birth certificate.

Read more on the page ‘Pupil exchange’ on the Swedish Migration Agency's website

Required documents for your accompanying family

If you apply online, and if one or several of your family members wish to apply as co-applicant/s to you, you can apply for them in your own online application. If they do not apply at the same time as you, they should submit paper applications to the Embassy or a Consulate General. If you have already been granted a residence permit and gone to Sweden, your family members can make their own online applications. If your family members apply online, please follow the instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website regarding required documents, as they may vary slightly from the documents required by the Embassy.

If your family members wish to submit paper applications, they have to bring all the required documents to the Embassy or Consulate General. They do not have to book appointments to submit their applications at the Embassy, they just need bring their passports and the required documents, take a queue number and wait for their turn.

If you are an adult family member (for children, please see further down) who wants to apply as a co-applicant to the main applicant (the person who is/will be studying in Sweden), you need:

  • Form no. 135011 (Application for co-applicants to students/doctoral students), completed and signed by the applicant.
  • A photocopy of the identity page in the main applicant’s passport.
  • A photocopy of the identity page in your own passport. If you have valid visas or residence permits to other countries, please provide photocopies of these as well. Non-Chinese applicants must submit a photocopy of a valid Chinese residence permit.
  • If your intended period of stay is shorter than a year, you need to submit a document in English that shows that you have a comprehensive health insurance valid in Sweden for the entirety of the intended stay. If your intended period of stay is longer than a year, you do not need to provide proof of health insurance, as you will be covered through the Swedish national healthcare system.
  • A document that confirms your kinship to the main applicant. If you were married in China, a Notary Certificate of your marriage certificate (in original) is sufficient to prove kinship. If you were married in Sweden, a photocopy of your Swedish marriage certificate (vigselbevis) is sufficient.

Note: If you are not married, you are required to enclose a Notary Certificate stating that you are single, along with proof of cohabitation (in English). The Embassy is aware that there are some difficulties with acquiring single certificates at the moment. It is, however, important that applicants prove their current marital status as best they can with a notarized document.

  • A photocopy of the main applicant’s Swedish Civic Registration Certificate (personbevis), if the main applicant is already in Sweden and has registered with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).
  • A letter of invitation in English, written and signed by the main applicant. If the main applicant has already gone to Sweden, the letter of invitation does not need to be in original.
  • Proof that you can support yourself financially during your stay in Sweden. You need to provide a bank statement in English from a bank account in your own name that shows that you have enough money to support yourself during your intended stay in Sweden. The bank statement must be stamped by the issuing bank. The sum requested is at present SEK 3500 per month for adults. Certificates of deposits are only acceptable if the end date of the deposit is before your intended date of entry to Sweden.

For children (under 18 years old) with one or both parents in Sweden, or children accompanying a parent (the main applicant) to Sweden, the following documents are required:

  • The child must come to the Embassy when the application is submitted, and at least one of the child's parents has to accompany the child to the Embassy to hand in the application. If both of the parents are unable to do so, one of them must write a power of attorney to another person over the age of 18, for example the child's teacher, who will accompany the child to the Embassy.
  • Form no. 135011 (Application for co-applicants to students/doctoral students), completed and signed by one of the applicant’s parents. Forms signed by only the child him/herself are not acceptable.
  • A photocopy of the identity page in the child’s passport.
  • Photocopies of the identity pages in the parents’ passports.
  • A document in English that shows that the child has a comprehensive health insurance valid in Sweden for the entirety of the intended stay, if the intended period of stay is shorter than a year. If the child’s intended stay is longer than a year, then a proof of health insurance is not required, as he/she will be covered through the Swedish national healthcare system.
  • A Notary Certificate, in original, stating the relationship of the child and his/her parent/s, for example a notarized birth certificate.
  • If the main applicant has sole custody of the child, a notarized court decision or a notarized death certificate of the deceased parent is required.
  • If the child’s parents have joint custody (regardless of whether they are married or not), and the other custodial parent will remain in China, a notarized consent from the custodial parent who will remain in China is required. The notarized consent should clearly state that the parent consents to the child moving to Sweden to live with the main applicant, and state for how long the child is allowed to stay in Sweden. 
  • A photocopy of the main applicant’s Swedish Civic Registration Certificate (personbevis), if the main applicant is already in Sweden and has registered with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).
  • A letter of invitation in English, written and signed by the main applicant. If the main applicant has already gone to Sweden, the letter of invitation does not need to be in original.
  • Proof that the main applicant or the other co-applying parent can support the child financially during his/her stay in Sweden. A bank statement in English from a bank account in one of the parents' names that shows that he/she has enough money to support the child during his/her intended stay in Sweden. The bank statement must be stamped by the issuing bank. The sum requested is at present SEK 2100 per month for each child. Certificates of deposits are only acceptable if the end date of the deposit is before the intended date of entry to Sweden.

If you fail to supply the necessary documents mentioned above, the decision-making process of your case may be delayed. The embassy may contact you for additional documents or information if necessary.

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