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29 May 2020

This information applies if you intend to apply to start studying in Sweden

The current coronavirus pandemic is affecting many people who intend to apply for a residence permit to come to Sweden. This information also applies if you intend to apply to study in Sweden for the first time.

If you intend to apply for a residence permit to study or conduct research in Sweden for the first time, you can submit your application as usual to the Swedish Migration Agency. If, at the time of your application, the Swedish Migration Agency has been informed that your studies are expected to take place on campus, and if other conditions are met, we will be able to grant you a residence permit. This also applies if the majority of your education will be conducted on campus, but certain parts or components will be conducted as distance learning.

On the other hand, if your higher education institution decides that most or all of the teaching in the autumn semester will be conducted remotely, then according to the applicable legislation the Swedish Migration Agency will not be able to grant you a residence permit.

The current entry ban

Even if the Swedish Migration Agency grants you a residence permit for studies, you cannot enter Sweden if the temporary entry ban is still in place. Keep up to date with the current situation by visiting the websites of the Swedish Government or its embassies.

The website of the Swedish Government (in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

Swedish embassies and consulates-generalexternal link, opens in new window

Read more about how to apply for a residence permit for studies

More answers can be found in our ‘Frequently Asked Questions and Answers’ about studying and researching in Sweden.

Read more in ‘Frequently Asked Questions and Answers’