Volunteering or internship

If you want to work as an unpaid volunteer for an organisation in Sweden, you can apply for a visitor's permit. This also applies if you have been invited to participate in an internship at an organisation or company for a short period.

Requirements for visitor's permits

To get a permit you must:

  • have a certificate from the organisation or company in Sweden and a certificate from an organisation in your home country if applicable
  • be able to support yourself financially whilst you are in Sweden, either with your own funds or with remuneration from an organisation or association in your home country. The organisation or company in Sweden may not pay you any remuneration
  • have a valid passport
  • have a return ticket or the money to buy one.

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Fill out an application

Fill out the forms Application for a visitor's permit and Family details.

Along with these application forms, you must hand in the following:

  • a certificate from the organisation or company in Sweden and a certificate from an organisation in your home country if applicable
  • 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.

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Family members who will accompany you to Sweden also needs to apply for a visitor´s permit.

Read more about how your family applies for a visitor´s permit

Forms

Application for a visitor's permit, form number 165011PDF

Family details – appendix to your application, form number 239011PDF

Power of attorney to represent you

If you want someone else to represent you in your case with the Migration Agency, you can grant someone a power of attorney. A power of attorney may, for example, give someone else the right to make an application, be advised of the reasons for a decision or appeal against a decision on your behalf. The power of attorney must be written and signed by you as the person granting the power of attorney to someone else, and must be presented, in the original, if requested by the Migration Agency. If you are over 18 and want a member of your family to represent you, you will also need to submit a power of attorney.

To grant a power of attorney to another person, you may use the form Power of Attorney. The form applies to you if you have applied for a residence permit on the grounds of work, study, connections or visit.

Power of Attorney, form number 107011PDF

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Submitting your application

You must hand your application in at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.

Most applicants will have to pay a fee in connection with handing in their application.

Information about fees

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Interview

You will have to go through an interview in connection with submitting your application. Contact the embassy or consulate-general for more information on whether you need to make an appointment for the interview. Bring your passport and original copies of the documents you must enclose to your application.  During the interview, you will be asked to answer questions about your visit to Sweden.

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.

More information about the residence permit card

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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.

5

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.

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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 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 do this can be found in the decision.

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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.

More information about the residence permit card

Last updated: 2017-04-06

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