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 Consulate. 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´s 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 Consulate. 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.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden
Visit the Consulate 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 can visit the Consulate without making an appointment Monday to Friday, 9.00-11.00. Bring the passport that you used when applying for a residence permit.

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

It can take up to four weeks from that the decision has been made for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the Consulate. Once the card has arrived you can collect it without making an appointment Monday to Friday 9.00-11.00. Please bring your passport when you collect the card.  If you want to know whether your card has reached the
Consulate, you can contact us by sending an email to generalkonsulat.shanghai-visum@gov.se

Note!

We do not recommend you to pay for your flight ticket until you have received your 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.

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 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 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. Pay the application fee
You can pay the fee either by cash or credit card at the Consulate.

Read more under ‘Fees’ .

3. Present the application at the Consulate

Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents.

You can submit your application without making an appointment Monday to Friday, 9.00-11.00.

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

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

4. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Agency informs the Consulate of its decision. The Consulate then contacts you. Bring your passport when collecting the decision.

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 can be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card when you submit your application. You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.

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