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.

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.

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 will be able to make a decision sooner if your application is complete.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the 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 followed by a decision.

Online application on the Swedish Migration Agency website

3. Wait for the decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. You get the actual decision by visiting the embassy. Bring your passport
when collecting the decision.

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. Normally, you have to visit the embassy to be photographed and fingerprinted for your residence permit card when your decision is ready.. To make an appointment please email: embassy.nairobi-visa@gov.se. Bring the passport that you used when applying for a residence permit.

You can find the address and phone number 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 produced and delivered to the embassy. If you want to know whether your card has reached the embassy, please send an email to embassy.nairobi-visa@gov.se. You must bring your passport when collecting the card.
 

Applying on a paper form

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 after you make an appointment. How to proceed:

1. Prepare the documentation

Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Agency will be able to make a decision sooner if your application is complete.

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

2. Pay the application fee

Click  >here for info

3. Present the application at the embassy

Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents and a receipt of payment for the fee.

To make an appointment please send an email to embassy.nairobi-visa@gov.se.

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

The embassy sends your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden.

4. Wait for the decision

The Swedish Migration Agency informs the embassy of its decision. The embassy then contacts you. Bring your passport when collecting the decision.

Check your application status

You can check the status of your application on the Swedish Migration Agency website. You can check the following: student permit, work permit, residence permit, residence
card, passport, Swedish citizenship and asylum applications.

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’.