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 Board 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 embassy. 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 Board 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 Board website.

The Swedish Migration Board website

2. Applying
Follow the Swedish Migration Board’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 Board for processing followed by a decision.

Online application on the Swedish Migration Board website

3. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Board 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.

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. You can visit the embassy without making an appointment on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday 9.00 – 12.00. 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. Once the card has arrived here you can collect it without making an appointment on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 9.00 – 12.00. You must bring your passport with you. If you want to know whether your card has reached the embassy, you can contact us.

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 Board 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 embassy. How to proceed:

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Board 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 Board website.

The Swedish Migration Board website

2. Pay the application fee
The fee should be paid to Alawwal Bank, in the name of the Swedish Embassy.

Account no. 037.013.971.011.
Iban No.: SA16 5000 0000 0370 1397 1011
Swift: AAALSARI
Address: Diplomatic Quarter

Please note, the embassy is not accepting cash.

Read more under ‘Fees’ .

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.

You can visit the Embassy without making an appointment on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday 9.00 – 12.00.

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

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

4. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Board informs the embassy of its decision. The embassy 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 arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.