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 and you are granted a residence permit and do not need a visa to enter Sweden, you do not normally have to visit a Consulate or the Embassy. 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, 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'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. The actual decision will be either given to you when you visit the Embassy, or sent to you upon request. Please contact the Swedish Embassy to request your decision.  

4. Arrange for a residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, the decision will be sent to the Embassy. If you have not previously been photographed and had your fingerprints taken, you may need to visit the Embassy to do so.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden 
If you need a visa to enter Sweden, the card is ordered automatically if you have already been photographed and fingerprinted. If you have not been photographed and fingerprinted, you should make an appointment to visit the Embassy. For contact details to make an appointment, please visit the Embassy contact page.

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 there,  you can collect it without making an appointment during normal business hours (see Embassy Contact page) You must bring your passport with you. If you pay a shipping fee the Embassy will send the card to youIf you want to know whether your card has reached the embassy or for further information, you can contact the Embassy at (202) 467-2600.

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 can travel to Sweden and arrange for the residence permit 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 can apply on a paper form that you submit to the Embassy or a Swedish Consulate. How to proceed:

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

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

The Swedish Migration Agency website

2. Pay the application fee

 The application fee is currently $120. The application fee should be paid in the form of one money order or certified bank check, payable to the Consulate General of Sweden. If you are applying in person, the application fee can also be paid in cash. 

3. Present the application at the Consulate
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents, to the Consulate or send the application and documents to the Consulate by mail.

Consulate General of Sweden
505 Sansome Street, Suite 1010
San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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’.