After a decision regarding a residence permit to study

The 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.

Residence permit card

If you obtain a residence permit, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains a photo and your fingerprints.

If you need a visa

If you need a visa for travel to Sweden, but did not have your picture and fingerprints taken when you applied for a permit, go to an embassy or consulate-general to do it at this point. Not all embassies or consulates-general have the possibility to take your picture and your fingerprints. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before your visit for more information.

They will hand over or send the card to you once it is ready. Keep in mind 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. You must show your residence permit card along with a valid passport when entering Sweden.

Find your closest embassy at Swedenabroad.comexternal link, opens in new window

If you do not need a visa

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 visit the Swedish Migration Agency to be fingerprinted and photographed. In order to be fingerprinted and photographed you need to book an appointment. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.

The residence permit card will be produced at the time the decision is made, but no earlier than three months before the residence permit becomes valid. We cannot speed up the production or delivery of the card.

Book an appointment at the Migration Agency in Sweden to be fingerprinted and photographed if you can travel without a visa

Learn more about residence permit cards

The permit validity period

You can be granted a residence permit for the time required for your studies but never for longer than the validity of your passport. Even if you have been accepted to several years of studying, you can usually get a residence permit for one year at a time. Doctoral students can be granted a residence permit for two years at a time. If you would like to continue to study in Sweden after your permit has expired, you must submit an application to extend your residence permit. You should apply for an extension before your current permit has expired.

Learn more about how to extend a permit

Important information about insurance

You need to have an insurance policy that will cover any costs that may arise in connection with illness or injury when you are living in Sweden. If you are registered in the Swedish population register you are covered by the Swedish social insurance system. If you are not registered in the population register it is important that you get your own health insurance policy.

To be registered in the Swedish population register you generally need to have been granted a residence permit in Sweden for at least one year and plan to stay here for a year or longer.

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

You may work

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 Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

Your permit may be withdrawn if you gave incorrect information in your application or did not tell us something that was important for your residence permit. The permit may also be withdrawn if the conditions you met earlier are no longer fulfilled, 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. Your decision contains information about how to do so.

If you are in Sweden and your application is refused

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application for a residence permit, this means that you do not have the right to a residence permit in Sweden. You can choose to accept the decision or to appeal it. Even if you choose to appeal, you still have to plan to return to your country of origin or the country where you have the right of stay.

The Swedish Migration Agency sends the decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency notifies you of the decision, it may use simplified service of process. This is done in the following way.

The Swedish Migration Agency sends the decision in an ordinary letter to the address where you have said you can be reached. At least one day later the Migration Agency sends a control message to you saying that the decision has been sent. This is done to make sure that you received the first letter. So you will receive two letters from the Migration Agency, generally on successive days. You do not need to notify the Migration Agency that you have received the letters.

You are deemed to have been notified of the decision when two weeks have passed since the decision was sent to you. If you do not receive the decision but only receive the control message, you have to contact the Migration Agency as soon as possible.

Appealing a residence permit decision

If you do not appeal, your decision will enter into force three weeks after you received the decision. You can also show that you accept the decision by signing what is called a declaration of acceptance. Once you have signed it, you cannot appeal and you have to prepare to leave Sweden.

If you do not accept the decision, you have the right to appeal.  You have to send your appeal to the Swedish Migration Agency. The Migration Agency will first reconsider its decision. If the Migration Agency does not change its decision, your appeal is examined by the migration court. Your appeal must be received by the Migration Agency before the decision enters into force, which it does three weeks from the date when you received the decision.

Read more about what happens when an application is refused

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: 2017-04-21

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