Required documents

If you wish to apply for a residence permit to study in Sweden, you need the documents below.

If you will be studying at a university or college, you can apply online. In that case, you attach the documents electronically.

If you apply on a paper form, you have to bring all the requisite documents to the Consulate, together with the completed application form described below.

Documents required by all students

You need:

  • If you are not applying online, form no. 105031, Application for residence permit for students and doctoral students.
  • A valid passport and copies of the pages in your passports showing your personal data and the validity of the passport. The passport shall have been signed by the holder. If you have permission to be in a country other than your country of origin, you must send a copy of these pages as well.
  • Statement of admission or letter of acceptance showing that you have been admitted to a fulltime course of studies and a photocopy of the letter. 
  • A statement of account from your bank confirming that you have money of your own to support yourself during the whole planned study period. The statement of account that you attach with the application should be dated at the time of your application and be translated into English.

or

A document issued in your name showing that you have received a scholarship or a similar means of support (e.g. a student grant) and describing both the monthly sum and the period during which you will receive the money.

or

  • A document showing that you have received a training grant (applies to doctoral students) or a studentship, with details of the amount(s) and the period concerned.

Students at university or university college

If you wish to study at university or university college, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)
  • A copy of the document showing that you have comprehensive health insurance valid in Sweden (if you will be studying for less than a year). If you are covered by insurance from the university or university college (institute) concerned, you must send a certificate showing this.
  • For non-Chinese applicants: valid Chinese residence permit

Students at folk high school and upper secondary school

If you wish to study at a folk high school or an upper secondary school, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)

Other studies

If you wish to pursue a course that is not associated with a university, a university college, an upper secondary school or a folk high school, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)

Documents required by your accompanying family

If your family is accompanying you to Sweden, you can apply on their behalf in your own application.

If a family member would like to apply as a co-applicant, he/she can either apply electronically to the Migration Board at the same time as you or, if not applying at the same time as you, submit the application to the Consulate.

Family members need:

  • If you are using a paper form, or if the family will be applying at a later date, form no. 135011, Application for co-applicants to students/doctoral students.
  • A valid passport and copies of the pages in the passport that show your identity, your citizenship and the passport’s period of validity. We only accept passports which have been signed by the holder of the passport.

Documents that confirm your kinship:

  • Notary Certificate of marriage certificate (Chinese and English version) and a copy of the certificate, or one copy of a Swedish marriage certificate (vigselbevis) if you were married in Sweden. If you are not married, you are required to enclose a copy of a Notary Certificate stating that you are single (Chinese and English version). 
  • One photocopy of the identity page of your husband's/wife's/partner's passport.
  • One copy of your husband's/wife's/partner's Civic Registration Certificate (personbevis). Documents issued by public authorities in your country of origin are to be submitted together with a translation by an authorised translation agency.
  • A document such as a statement of account from a bank proving that the family member has sufficient means of support (in English).
  • Letter from your current employer in China. This should state if you have been granted leave for the time you will be in Sweden, and it should be signed and have the telephone number of the person who signed it.

For children (under 18 years old) with one or both parents in Sweden, or children accompanying a parent to Sweden:

  • One fully completed and signed application form, form no. 135011, Application for co-applicants to students/doctoral students.
  • The application should be signed by both parents or legal guardians.
  • A valid passport and one photocopy of the identity page of the passport.
  • Notary Certificate stating the relationship of the child/parents.
  • Notary Certificate stating who has the legal custody of the child and in case only one of the parents has the right of access to the child.
  • One photocopy of the identity page of the passport of the parent/s.
  • One copy of the Civil Registration Certificate, "personbevis", of the parent/s, if they live in Sweden.
  • If one of the child's parents will stay in China, a letter from him/her is requested stating that he/she is aware of the child's application for residence permit and that he/she agrees that the child goes to Sweden.
  • Letter of invitation from the parent in Sweden.
  • Financial guarantee.
  • Letter from the school in China. This should state if the school has
    granted leave for the time the child will be in Sweden, and must be signed and have the telephone number of the person who signed it.

Note!

  • If you fail to supply the necessary documents mentioned above, the decision-making process of your case may be delayed. The Consulate may call you to ask for additional documents or information if necessary.

Exchange students

In the case of exchange students, other rules and documents apply.


Read more on the page ‘Pupil exhange’ on the Swedish Migration Agency´s website

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