Visiting relatives or friends for longer than 90 days
If you want to visit Sweden for a period longer than 90 days, you must apply for a visitor's permit instead of an entry visa.
Requirements for visitor's permits
To get a permit you must
- have received an invitation from the person you intend to visit
- be able to provide for yourself for the duration of your stay in Sweden
- have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the last date of your visit
- have a return ticket or the money to buy one.
If you already have a pending application for a residence permit
If you already have a pending application for a residence permit, you cannot receive two at the same time. We will make a decision only about the matter, typically the one concerning a residence and work permit, that is most favourable to you. Your application for a residence and work permit may be denied if you also request one to visit while in Sweden. You will need to await a decision concerning the application most favourable to you if you are not in Sweden. As a result, the period during which you would like to visit may have passed by time we make a decision. Our recommendation is not to apply for a permit to visit under such circumstances.
You may request withdrawal of your application for a residence and work permit if your visit or extended stay is urgent. You will need to reapply for a permit after having returned to your country of origin.
You may still apply for a visa to visit Sweden for less than 90 days. If you do not need an entry visa and are waiting for a decision on your residence permit application you may also visit Sweden temporarily.
You must have an invitation
The person you are visiting in Sweden must fill out the form Invitation for visiting longer than 90 days, number 249011, and send it to you. He or she must also enclose a copy of their passport, ID or similar document proving their identity.
Fill out an application
Fill out the forms Application for a visitor's permit and Family details. In your application, you enter information about yourself and the person you intend to visit.
If you have children under the age of 18 who will come with you to Sweden, use the form Application for a visitor's permit for children under the age of 18, number 167011. Fill out a separate form for each child.
Along with these application forms, you must hand in the following:
- the form Invitation for visiting longer than 90 days, copy of the passport, ID or similar document for the person you intend to visit
- account statement or other document showing that you have sufficient funds for your time in Sweden
- copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.
- a return ticket or other document showing that you have sufficient funds to buy one.
Note that the embassy or consulate-general where you hand in your application may require additional documents. For information about which rules apply at the embassy or consulate-general concerned, please visit Swedenabroad.com.
Submitting your application
You will have to go through an interview in connection to submitting your application. Contact the embassy or consulate-general for more information on whether you need to schedule an appointment for the interview. During the interview, you will be asked to answer questions about your visit to Sweden. Children who are applying must also come to the interview.
If you are granted a residence permit you will be issued with a residence permit card. The card contains, among other things, your fingerprints and a photograph of you. The fingerprints and photograph will only be stored in the chip on the card.
If you need an entry visa to travel to Sweden, you will also need to have the residence permit card to enter Sweden. There for you will be photographed and fingerprinted in connection with the interview.
If you do not require an entry visa, you can travel to Sweden without a residence permit card and give the Swedish Migration Agency the necessary information for the residence permit card once you have arrived in Sweden.
The Migration Agency processes the application
After your interview, your application will be sent to the Migration Agency in Sweden, where the case is processed and a decision is made. You should expect it to take around four weeks for your application to reach the Migration Agency.
You receive the decision
The embassy or consulate-general will contact you when the decision is ready.
When you come to collect your decision, you must bring your passport. Some embassies and consulates-general will send the decision and residence permit card in the post. Contact the embassy or consulate-general for more information.
The permit's period of validity
A visitor's permit is usually valid for no more than six months, or up to one year. This permit is only valid for a visit, and you may not work or take up residence in Sweden.
Don't forget insurance
You will not become a registered resident of Sweden, and will therefore not be entitled to any social benefits. For this reason, it is important that you have insurance to cover any costs that may arise in the event of illness or an accident.
If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application
If the Migration Agency does not grant you a residence permit, you may appeal the decision within three weeks of the day you received it. Information on how to do this can be found in the decision.
Residence permit card
Since your visit is longer than three months, you will be given a residence permit card to show that you have the right to be in Sweden. This card must have a photograph of you as well as your fingerprints. You must therefore be photographed and fingerprinted at the embassy or consulate-general where you submitted your application. Once you have got a decision to grant you a residence permit it can take up to four weeks to manufacture the card and send it to the embassy or consulate-general.
If you need an entry visa
If you need a visa for travel to Sweden, but you were not photographed nor fingerprinted when you applied, you should do this now by visiting an embassy or consulate-general. Contact the embassy or consulate-general prior to your visit. When the residence card is ready, the embassy or consulate-general will give or send it to you. Note that it may take up to four weeks after you receive your decision to make the card and deliver it to the embassy or consulate-general. When you arrive in Sweden, you must present your residence permit card together with a valid passport.
If you can travel without an entry visa
If your nationality allows you to travel to Sweden without a visa,you should be able to present a copy of the decision when you enter the country. Once you have arrived in Sweden, you must book an appointment to be fingerprinted and photographed. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.