Frequently asked ques­tions – rese­ar­chers

Frequently asked ques­tions about permits for researchers

If you are will be conducting research in Sweden for a maximum of 180 days during a 360 day period, you do not need a residence permit in Sweden. Instead, you can travel to Sweden with your residence permit card from the other EU country. The research you intend to conduct in Sweden must fall within the framework of the research you are already conducting.

If your stay in Sweden will be longer, you must apply for a residence permit for research in mobility for an extended stay. The research you intend to conduct in Sweden must fall within the framework of the research you are already conducting.

If the research you intend to carry out in Sweden does not fall within the framework of the research you are conducting, you must apply for a residence permit for research in Sweden.

No, it is not possible to apply for or receive a residence permit for research when you are already in Sweden with a work permit. You must therefore travel to your home country or to a country where you have the right to stay in order to submit your application and await a decision.

No, it is not possible to apply for or receive a residence permit for research when you are already in Sweden with a residence permit to look for work. You must therefore travel to your home country or to a country where you have the right to stay in order to submit your application and await a decision.

Frequently asked ques­tions about the hosting agreement

The hosting agreement must specify how you will support yourself and what insurance you will be covered by when you come to Sweden to conduct research. If you are not an employee but, for example, are coming to Sweden to do research with the support of a scholarship, then the scholarship amount you are receiving must be stated in the hosting agreement. If you are not covered by the insurance policies that the research organisation in Sweden takes out for its employees, this must be stated.

Frequently asked ques­tions about insurances – researchers

To be granted a residence permit, you need to show that you have taken out or applied for comprehensive health insurance valid for care in Sweden. You need comprehensive health insurance in case you require medical care during your stay in Sweden.

If you apply for a permit for more than one year, it will be possible to register you in the national population register, and you will thus be covered by the Swedish health insurance system. If this is the case, you do not need health insurance.

Your health insurance should cover the costs of both emergency and other medical care, as well as hospitalisation, dental care and possible repatriation for medical reasons.

If you have experienced symptoms or been diagnosed with a disease before you travel to Sweden, your insurance does not need to cover doctor’s appointments related to the treatment of this condition. Should your health deteriorate rapidly and require urgent medical care, your health insurance should cover medical care until your condition has stabilised.

The Swedish Migration Agency cannot give advance notice of whether the health insurance you have applied for or taken out will be approved when it makes its assessment about your residence permit application.

Last updated: 2020-06-25