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. How long do I have to wait until I can come for an interview?
If you apply online, you need to wait for the Migration Agency to send you an e-mail asking you to make an appointment for an interview. In this e-mail you will find a link where you can book your own interview time at the Embassy. Since it depends on which unit of the Migration Agency that is in charge of your application, the handling time also varies from case to case and sometimes it takes months before you receive the e-mail to book an interview. If you receive the e-mail from the Migration Agency but for some reason can’t book a time yourself online, you should wait for the Embassy to contact you for an appointment. You can’t make an appointment at the Embassy before you receive this e-mail, since the Migration Agency sends the case to us at the same time as they send you the e-mail.

If you have handed in your application on paper form you will be contacted by the Embassy when we have organised an interview time for you. Usually you will be able to come for an interview within 2 months from the day that you applied.

2. Do I need to contact the Embassy to confirm that I have made an appointment online?
No, there is no need to confirm with the Embassy that you have made an appointment. We will get notified as soon as you have booked your time.

3. I have children applying together with me. How should I book the interview for us online?
If you have children applying together with you, you should only book one interview time, since we will interview all applying family members at the same time.

4. What happens after the interview?
After you have visited the Embassy for an interview your case will be sent to the Migration Agency, since they will continue the handling of your application and make a decision. If you have any questions after the interview, you should therefore contact the Migration Agency in Sweden directly.

5. How long do I have to wait for a decision?
For information on the present waiting time please refer to the Swedish Migration Agency website.

6. How do I get informed about the decision?
If you have given your partner living in Sweden a power of attorney the decision will get sent to him/her who will then inform you about the decision. If your application gets granted the Embassy will only inform you when your residence permit card has reached the Embassy. If you get a rejection and haven’t given your partner a power of attorney, the Embassy will call you to inform you about the rejection.

7. When can I get my residence permit?
If your application is granted, it usually takes around 2-3 weeks from the day the decision was made until you can come to the Embassy to collect your permit card. The Embassy will inform you when the card can be collected; using the contact details you have left in your application.

For more information regarding residence permits, please see information on the Migration Agency’s website.

8. Am I supposed to make an appointment with you before I come to the Embassy to apply?
No appointment is required if you want to make an application. The opening hours for the Visa Section of the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing are:

Monday-Friday, 9.00-11.00 a.m.
The Embassy is closed on some Swedish and Chinese public holidays. These will be published on the website of the Embassy, see 'Contact'.

When applying, please take a queue number in the main hall and then wait for your turn. Anyone who wants to approach the window a second time should take a new queue number.

9. How do I get to the Embassy?
You can take buses 300/830/730 on Beijing's third ring road. Get off at the stop called Landmark Bridge (Liang Ma Qiao) and then go straight towards Nongye Zhanlan Guan. You can also take subway line 10 to Nongye Zhanlan Guan (农业展览馆, Agricultural Exhhibition Center), north exit. The street opposite the Agricultural Exhibition Center is Dongzhimenwai Dajie. The second Embassy on the north side of the street is the Embassy of Sweden.

The address to the Embassy can be found under 'Contact'.

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

11. Where can I get an application form? What kind of documents do I need to prepare when I apply?
You can download the forms from the Embassy website, the Migration Agency's website, or pick them up at the Embassy.

For information on what documents are needed see the specific information under Required documents to the left.

12. How many copies should I provide of each document?
If you apply online, you simply scan all documents while applying and bring all the originals of the scanned documents (in general all certificates and passport, if the Migration Agency doesn’t tell you to bring other documents). If you apply on paper form you must provide one original document with one photocopy of each document in your application, including two photocopies of the identity page of the passport and two completed and signed application forms. You must then also provide a photos for each application form.

For more information, please see Required documents in the menu to the left.

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

14. 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 short-term Schengen visas.

15. 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.

16. Do I have to make an appointment for leaving biometrics at the Embassy?
No, you don’t need to make an appointment for leaving biometrics. You can visit the Embassy Monday-Friday, 9.00-11.00. You only need to bring your passport when you come.