How to apply for a visa in order to visit relatives or friends
Obtaining an invitation
The person whom you plan to visit (your reference person) must fill out a special form – Invitation before application for Schengen visa, number 241011 in English (or number 240011 in Swedish).
Your reference person must send the form to you and enclose their civic registration certificate (personbevis) and a copy of passport, ID card or equivalent, which proves their identity.
They can order the certificate from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). There are civic registration certificates for different purposes. Tell your reference person to order the certificate under the heading of “Inbjudan" (Invitation).
Contacting the embassy or consulate where you plan to turn in your application
In order to obtain a visa to visit Sweden and the other Schengen countries, you need to meet certain requirements.
Some requirements differ from country to country. It is therefore important that you check with the embassy or consulate-general what applies in your country, and what documents you need to hand in with your application. All embassies and consulate-generals does not accept via applications. Therefore, it is important that you also check if your nearest embassy can accept your application. You will find more information on the website of the relevant embassy.
If Sweden does not have an embassy or consulate-general in your country, who does not accept visa application, you might be able to turn in the application at the foreign mission of another country. In that case, check with them about their requirements.
Filling out your application form
Fill out the form Application for Schengen Visa. Make sure to clearly indicate:
- why you want to visit Sweden
- how long you plan to stay in Sweden
- how you plan to support yourself while you are in Sweden
- what kind of passport you have and how long it is valid for (it must be valid for a minimum of three months after your visa has expired and it must have been issued in the last ten-year period)
- where you plan to travel after your visit to Sweden
- whether you have a permit to enter the country where you plan to travel after your stay in Sweden
Turning in your application
With your application, you must enclose
- one passport photograph in which you are looking straight ahead and which are not more than six months old
- an invitation from the person you plan to visit
- other documents which the embassy may require.
Submit your application and the documents required to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general, or to the company which is handling visa applications on behalf of the embassy or consulate-general.
If Sweden does not have an embassy or consulate in your country, you might be able to turn in the application at the foreign mission of another country.
Pay the fee when you turn in your application.
Receiving a decision about your application
The Swedish embassy or consulate-general will notify you about whether you have been issued a visa or not. If you have handed in your application to an external company cooperating with the embassy or consulate-general, the company will notify you about the decision.
If you have been issued a visa, you will get a sticker in your passport. The sticker will say when and how long your visa is valid for.
If you are not issued a visa you have the right to appeal the decision to the Migration Court. How to appeal is described in the decision. If the decision is made by another Schengen country representing Sweden, you then appeal to that country's authorities.