How to apply

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

If you are applying online, are granted a residence permit and do not need a visa to enter Sweden, you do not normally have to visit the embassy. Regardless of how you apply, your residence 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.

The Swedish Migration Agency website

2. Applying
Follow the Swedish Migration Agency 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 a decision has been made you will be informed of this by email by the embassy. For waiting times please contact the embassy/consulate.

4. Arrange for a residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit for more than three months, you will be issued with a residence permit card.

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 Agency for photographing and fingerprinting.

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 need to book an appointment, call the embassy during telephone hours; Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 12. 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 at the embassy, an email will be sent to you to verify to which consulate you want the card to be sent to for pick up. 

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not wish to apply online, you can fill in a paper form that you submit in person to the embassy/consulate. How to proceed:

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

The Swedish Migration Agency website

2. Pay the application fee
Read more under ‘Fees’ .

3. Present the application at the embassy/consulate
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents. Payment to be made at embassy/consulate. Please call to check opening hours for consulate.

You can find the telephone number and address of the embassy/consulate under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

4. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Agency informs the embassy of its decision. The embassy then contacts you via email.

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’.

 

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