How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to apply online. An online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Agency. 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.

The description below applies to you if you are a citizen of Ukraine or Georgia and wish to move to live with a family member who is also a citizen of Ukraine or Georgia with a permanent residence permit to Sweden or is a Swedish citizen.

Applying online

How to proceed (for applications on paper forms, see further down):

1. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data you require. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to applications that are completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

Read more under ‘Required documents’.

2. Applying
Follow the Swedish Migration Agency’s instructions for applying online over the Internet. You attach documents electronically and pay the application fee using a VISA card or a MasterCard.

Swedish Migration Agency web application

3. Your family member must answer questions
Your family member has to fill in a questionnaire. Once you have sent in your application, he or she will automatically receive an email with instructions. The family member must reply to the questions within two weeks.

4. Visit the Embassy
Wait for the e-mail you receive asking you to make an appointment at the Embassy. Only then will the Swedish Migration Agency have gone through both your application and your family member’s replies and have transferred your case to the Embassy.

Once you have received the e-mail from the Migration Agency, you make an appointment by contacting the Embassy, phone hours Monday-Thursday 14-15, phone number +380 44 494 4290, or via e-mail, visa.kiev@gov.se. The Embassy will then offer you an appointment.

When you come to the Embassy for your appointment, you have to prove your identity by showing your passport, and you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed.

Bring along the originals of the documents you attached to your online application. In its e-mail, the Swedish Migration Agency may also have asked you to bring additional documents with you. You may need to be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card you will receive if you are granted a residence permit. This also applies to children.

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

After the interview, your case is transferred back to the Migration Agency in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the Embassy, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Agency, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision, you will be informed of this via e-mail. The actual decision will be sent to the person in Sweden, whom you have authorised to represent you.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, a residence permit card will be issued to you. The Embassy will contact you once the card is ready to be picked up.

The card is ordered automatically if you have already been photographed and fingerprinted. If you have not been photographed and fingerprinted, you should visit the Embassy on any working Tuesday between 09.30 and 12.30 without making an appointment. Bring your passport.

It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be made and delivered to the Embassy in Kyiv. Once the card has arrived here and you have been notified about this, you can pick it up on any working Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16-16.30 or on any working Friday 09.30-12.30, without making an appointment. You must bring your passport with you. Ukrainian and Georgian citizens who have been granted residence permit cannot enter Sweden without the residence permit card.

Applying on a paper form

How to proceed:

1. Prepare your 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
If you apply on a paper form and submit the application at the Embassy, you must pay before your visit there. You must submit the receipt (in original) from the bank to the Visa Chancellery when applying for a residence permit. The Swedish Embassy has a bank account in OTP Bank for application fees. The following bank details have to be used:

Отримувач: Посольство Швеції в Україні
Банк отримувача: АТ «ОТП Банк»
Рахунок: 26002004400015,
МФО: 300528
Код ЄДРПОУ: 22971307

You can pay the fee to any bank in Ukraine, not only OTP Bank branches. Please note that only those who submit an application on a paper form to the Embassy should pay the fee to this bank account. The fee will not be refunded in case of a rejection.

Read more under ‘Fees’.

3. Present your application at the Embassy
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents and a receipt for the fee payment.

You can present the application without making an appointment on any working Tuesday between 9.30 and 12.30.

You can find the Embassy’s address under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

The Embassy will then send your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden. When submitting your application at the Embassy, you will be given an appointment for an interview.

4. Visit the Embassy again – interview
The second time you visit the Embassy, after you have received details about an appointment, you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the person looking after the child is interviewed instead. Bring your passport to the interview.

You may be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card which you will receive if you are granted a residence permit. This also applies to children. You can also be photographed and fingerprinted when you submit your application (se point 3).

After the interview, your case is sent back to the Migration Agency in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the Embassy, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Agency, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Agency’s decision will be sent to the person in Sweden whom you have authorised to represent you.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, a residence permit card will be issued to you. You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.

CHECK YOUR APPLICATION STATUS

On the Swedish Migration Agency website, you can check the status of your application.

Check your application.