How to apply

Most people applying for a work permit should use the Swedish Migration Agency website and apply online.

If you are applying online, are granted a 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 work permit must have been granted before you leave for Sweden.

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


Applying on online

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.

Instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency website


2. Applying
Follow the Swedish Migration Agency’s 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 and a decision.

Swedish Migration Agency web application


3. Waiting for a decision
When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. You can check your application status  by entering your dossier number on the site of the Swedish Migration Agency.The actual decision will be given to you when you visit the embassy. Bring your passport when collecting your decision. Your employer or contractor will be informed of the decision by post.


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


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. 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.

Starting from 22 September 2014, persons who have been granted residence permits in Sweden will have the possibility to choose how they get the residence permit card:

  • It is possible to pick up the card at the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow from 09.00 to 12.00 from Monday to Friday. You must bring your passport with you.
  • Or it will be possible to get the card delivered straight to the home via VFS (Swedish Visa Center). This service is available for applicants who lives in Russia and for applicants who lives in larger cities in CIS countries. For more information about this service and the price list, please follow this link.


If you do not require a visa to enter Sweden
If you are granted a permit for more than three months and do not need a visa, you travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there. Contact the Swedish Migration Agency for photographing and fingerprinting.


Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, you apply on a paper form that you submit to the Embassy.

Embassy of Sweden in Moscow is accepting applications for a residence permit from the citizens of:
 
  • Russian Federation
  • other countries who are permanently and legally residing in the territory of the Russian Federation
  • Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus.

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency website


2. Pay the application fee
The application fee is to be paid in cash, in rubles, at the time of submitting your application.

Read more under ‘Fees’.


3. Present the application at the embassy
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents.

If you want to submit your application in person you can visit the Migration Office at the Embassy of Sweden during our opening hours Monday to Friday 9-12. No prior appointment is required.

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

The Embassy will forward your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden.


4. Wait for a decision
You can check your application status  by entering your dossier number on the site of the Swedish Migration Agency. Bring your passport when collecting the decision.


5. Arrange for a residence permit card
You arrange for the card in the same way as in case of online application. See above.

Last updated on 13 November 2017.