How to apply for a residence permit for studies at a university or university college.
You must apply for a residence permit from your country of origin, or where you are residing legally. Your permit must be complete before you can enter Sweden. This applies even if you have a residence permit for studies in another EU country, and the permit gives you the right to visit Sweden for three months.
How to applyIf you need to pay the tuition fee and want to get a decision as quickly as possible, you should first pay the partial fee and then apply for a residence permit online. Make sure to apply in good time before your studies begins. Note that you cannot apply online before you have paid the partial fee of the tuition fee and the university or university college has registered your payment.
If you are unable to apply online, fill in the form Application for residence permits for students and doctoral students, no. 105031 and hand it in to a Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country you live. Contact the embassy or consulate general before you hand in your application. If the studies in Sweden form a part of an educational programme you started for example in another EU country, you can also submit your application in the country you studied.
You will probably be required to pay an application fee.
Enclose the following documents with your applicationIt is important that you submit all documents required to the Swedish Migration Board. Failing to submit the necessary documents may lead to the processing of your application taking longer. As a result, you risk not receiving a decision before your chosen course of study begins.
Enclose the following documents:
- a copy of the passport pages that clearly show your personal details and passport validity. If you have been granted permission to stay in countries other than your native country, please enclose a copy of the passport pages verifying this
- a letter of acceptence showing that you have been admitted to full-time study at a program or courses
- copy of the document that proves that you have comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden if you are admitted to studies for less than one year. If you have taken out an insurance through the university or college (academic institution), please enclose a copy of the insurance certificate
- a bank statement showing that you have your own funds to support yourself. The bank statement should be recent and in English, or
- documents issued in your name to verify that you have been granted a scholarship or equivalent (e.g. student financial support) with details of the monthly amount payable and period of time during which you are entitled to such financial support, or
- a document showing that you have been awarded a study grant or a wage (applies to doctoral students) with details of the amount and the period during which you will receive the money.
If permission is required from a central bank or equivalent to move money out of your country, you must enclose the relevant certificate.
Check the requirements of Swedish embassy or consulate general Note that the embassy or consulate general where you submit your application may require additional documents. You will find more information and contact information on the website of the relevant embassy or consulate general.
Faster decision if complete information has been submitted The Migration Board first processes applications for which complete information and all necessary documents have been submitted. In other words, you will receive a faster decision if you send everything we need together with your application than if you add information afterwards.
Remember that the Migration Board might have to investigate your application further even if you submit all the information and documents that we have asked for.
Current waiting time
Once we have received your application If you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints. Contact the embassy or consulate general before your visit.
If you need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should go to the the embassy or consulate general as soon as possible to have your picture and fingerprints taken.
If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, as soon as possible after your arrival in Sweden you should book an appointment to be photographed and fingerprinted.
After the decision has been madeThe decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate general to which you turned in your application or to which you referred in your online application. Take your passport along when picking up your decision.
The Swedish embassy or consulate general will hand over or send you the residence permit card as soon as it is ready. Don't forget that it might take up to four weeks to make and send the card to the embassy or consulate general after you receive your decision. When you enter Sweden, you must show your residence permit card along with a valid passport.
If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should be able to show a copy of the decision when you arrive. As soon as possible after you have arrived in Sweden, you should book an appointment to be fingerprinted and photographed. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.
You may workIf you obtain a permit for studies at university or university college you may work over the same period as the residence permit. You do not need a special work permit. When you apply for work, you need to include copies of documents that show that you have the right to stay and work in Sweden. You also need to bring your residence permit card with you. The employer will want to know the duration of your right to work in Sweden and if there are any limitations in your permit. The person that hires you will ask for a copy of the documents and will notify the Tax Agency of your employment.
The permit validity periodYou will be granted a residence permit for the intended study period but not past the time for which your passport remains valid. Even if you have been accepted to several years of studying, you can usually get a residence permit for one year at a time. If you need to stay after your permit expires, e.g. because you need to resit an exam, apply to extend it prior to the expiration date.
The Migration Board can withdraw your permitThe Swedish Migration Board can withdraw your residence permit if, for example:
- you have not commenced studies at the place of learning
- you discontinue your studies
- you do not satisfy the support requirement
- you deliberately provide incorrect information.