After a decision on a residence permit for studies

The decision is sent to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general that handles migration cases. If you are planning to pick up your decision, you should bring along your passport. The decision cannot be sent out via email.

Residence permit card

If you receive a residence permit for a period longer than three months, you will get a residence permit card. The card serves as proof that you have a permit to be in Sweden and contains, among other things, a photograph of you and your fingerprints.

Read more about residence permit cards

If you need an entry visa to travel to Sweden

If you need an entry visa to travel to Sweden, but did not have your photograph or fingerprints taken when you applied, you should visit the embassy or consulate-general so that a residence permit card can be issued for you. Not all embassies or consulates-general are able to have you photographed or take your fingerprints. Therefore, you should always contact the embassy or consulate-general before your visit to get further information. When you visit the embassy, you should bring your passport with you.

Find the nearest embassy at Swedenabroad.comexternal link, opens in new window

When the card is ready, the embassy or consulate-general will hand it out to you or send it to you. Please note that, after you have received your decision, it can take up to four weeks to issue the card and deliver it to the embassy or consulate-general, provided that you have already had your photograph and fingerprints taken. When you travel to Sweden, you should present your card along with a valid passport.

This will not speed up the process of issuing or delivering the card. Also, when an order has been made for your card, it is not possible to change where the card will be sent.

If you are able to travel without an entry visa

If you are able to travel to Sweden without an entry visa, you may need to present a copy of the decision when you arrive. As soon as you can after arriving in Sweden, you should book an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency to have your fingerprints and photograph taken. When you visit the Swedish Migration Agency, you should bring your passport with you. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden. It is therefore important that you can state your address in Sweden when you visit the Migration Agency to have your fingerprints and photograph taken.

This will not speed up the process of issuing or delivering the card. Also, when an order has been made for your card, it is not possible to change where the card will be sent.

Book an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph and fingerprints taken if you are able to travel to Sweden without an entry visa

The permit validity period

You can receive a residence permit for the time that your studies require, but never for longer than the time your passport is valid for. Even if you have been accepted into a four-year course of study, you can normally only receive a residence permit for up to one year at a time. Doctoral students can receive a residence permit for two years at a time. If you plan to continue living in Sweden after your permit has expired, you should submit an application for a new permit. You should apply for a new residence permit before your current permit expires.

Read more on how to extend a residence permit

Important information about insurance

If you need to seek medical care in Sweden, you may need to pay for the care yourself if you are not registered in Sweden in the Population Register, and do not have a Swedish Personal Identity Number. If you register in the Swedish Population Register, you can also be registered with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, and covered by the country’s social insurance.

To be registered in the Swedish Population Register and receive a Swedish Personal Identity Number, you generally need to have been granted at least a one-year residence permit in Sweden, and you generally need to be planning to live here for one year or longer. Therefore, you should register in the Population Register as soon as possible after moving to Sweden.

Read more about registration in the Swedish population register at the Swedish Tax Agency’s websiteexternal link, opens in new window

You may work

If you have received a residence permit for higher education studies, you also have the right to work in Sweden during the same time period for which you have a residence permit. You do not need to have a special work permit. I you have received a residence permit for higher education studies lasting at least six months, and apply for an extension within the period of validity, you still have the right to work until a decision has been made or, if a decision is made to deport, until this decision has legally entered into force. If you are looking for work, you should bring copies of documents showing that you have the right to stay and work in Sweden. Also bring your residence permit card. Employers will want to know how long you have the right to work in Sweden, and whether there are any restrictions to your permit. Anyone who employs you will want to have copies of documents, and will inform the Swedish Tax Agency that you have been hired by them.

The Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

Your permit may be withdrawn if, in your application, you provided incorrect information or did not mention something that was significant in regards to your residence permit.

 The permit may also be withdrawn if the requirements for the permit are no longer met – for example, if you are no longer studying.

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date when you were informed of the decision. Information on how to lodge an appeal can be found in your decision.

Read more about what happens if you are in Sweden and the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

Information for persons arriving in Sweden with a residence permit

Do not forget to save your residence permit decision. It will be useful when contacting various national authorities and organisations.

To register as living in Sweden and obtain a Swedish personal identity number, contact the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket.external link, opens in new window

To be registered in the social insurance system, contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Försäkringskassan.external link, opens in new window

For questions about healthcare, contact the County Council or region where you live. Find the right health care at 1177 Vårdguiden.external link, opens in new window

For questions about learning Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), contact the municipality you live in. See also the website of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.external link, opens in new window

If you are looking for a job you can register with the Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.external link, opens in new window

For information about studying at colleges or universities, see Universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window or studera.nu.external link, opens in new window

For questions about student loans and grants, contact CSN.external link, opens in new window

For questions concerning driving licenses, visit the Swedish Transport Agency.external link, opens in new window

For questions about the right to vote, contact the Election Authority, Valmyndigheten.external link, opens in new window

Information from the Swedish National Agency for Education about the Swedish education system can be found at www.omsvenskaskolan.se.external link, opens in new window

Information about society in Sweden can be found in a number of languages at informationsverige.se.external link, opens in new window

For more information on society in Sweden visit the website of the Swedish Institute.external link, opens in new window

You can find links to websites where you can study and practice Swedish at the Digitala spåret website.external link, opens in new window

UR Nyanländexternal link, opens in new window is a series of programmes about your rights and duties in Sweden.

The information service at the Swedish Consumer Agencyexternal link, opens in new window can answer your questions about buying goods and services and about contract terms and conditions.

Last updated: 2018-10-11

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