Sweden Visa Process
Enclose the following documents with your application
- a copy of the passport pages that clearly show your personal details and passport validity. If you have been granted permission to stay in countries other than your native country, please enclose a copy of the passport pages verifying this
- a letter of acceptance showing that you have been admitted to full-time study
- receipt of paid application fee.
- copy of the document that proves that you have comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden if you plan to study in Sweden for less than one year. If you have taken out an insurance through the university or college (academic institution), please enclose a copy of the insurance certificate.
- a bank statement showing that you have your own funds to support yourself. The bank statement should be recent and in English, or
- documents issued in your name to verify that you have been granted a scholarship or equivalent (e.g. student financial support) with details of the monthly amount payable and period of time during which you are entitled to such financial support, or.
- a document showing that you have been awarded a study grant or a wage (applies to doctoral students) with details of the amount and the period during which you will receive the money.
- If permission is required from a central bank or equivalent to move money out of your country, you must enclose the relevant certificate with your application.
Requirements for obtaining a residence permit
If you are planning to study in Sweden at a university or a university college for a period longer than three months, you require a residence permit.
In order to get your residence permit and enter Sweden in time to start your studies, the Migration Board recommends that you pay that portion of the fee that must be paid in advance as soon as possible. You can submit an application for a residence permit before the partial fee is paid. Note that you cannot obtain a residence permit before the payment is made.
In order to obtain a residence permit you must intend to study and:
- be admitted to full-time studies
- have comprehensive health insurance that covers the whole period you are in Sweden if you plan to study for less than one year
- be able to support yourself for the planned study period
- have a valid passport.
You must be admitted
You should be admitted to full-time studies that require your presence at a university or college (academic institution). You cannot obtain a residence permit if you are not definitely admitted to the course. If you are obligated to pay tuition fees, you are not regarded as definitely admitted until the portion of the tuition fees that the university or university college takes in advance has been paid. The academic institution will notify the Migration Board when the payment has been made.
You must have comprehensive health insurance
If you are going to study in Sweden for less than twelve months and do not have insurance through your academic institution, you must take out an insurance yourself for the period of time that you intend to stay in Sweden. The insurance must cover the cost of a possible return journey home because of medical reasons.
You must be able to support yourself
The support requirement is at present a minimum of SEK 7,300 per month. If you intend to study for one year or more you must show that you can support yourself for 10 months per year. See fact box below.
If you can prove, for example, that you have free accommodation and/or food, this monthly figure can drop. The monthly amount drops by SEK 1,500 per month for free food and by SEK 1,500 per month for free accommodation.
You must show that you have funds for the whole planned study period already the first time you apply for a residence permit. You must show that you have your support secured by means of verification of personal bank assets, a scholarship or similar means of support, such as a study grant from your home country.
You must enclose a bank statement showing that you have your own bank assets available in an account belonging to you. The Migration Board do not accept that you share an account with another person, for example, if you have access to your parents account. Nor do we accept that a sponsor (such as a relative or a company) covers your support while your are in Sweden, unless the funds are lodged in your own account.
Examples of support requirements
|Study period||You must have at least||Your husband, wife or common law spouse must have at least||Support requirement per child|
|5 months||SEK 36,500 kronor (5 x SEK 7,300)||SEK 17,500 (5 x SEK 3,500)||SEK 10,500 (5 x SEK 2,100)|
|12 months||SEK 73,000 (10 x SEK 7,300)||SEK 42,000 (12 x SEK 3,500)||SEK 25,200 (12 x SEK 2,100)|
|18 months||SEK 109,500 (15 x SEK 7,300)||SEK 63,000 (18 x SEK 3,500)||SEK 37,800 (18 x SEK 2,100)|
The Migration Board can withdraw your permit
The Swedish Migration Board can withdraw your residence permit if, for example:
- you have not commenced studies at the place of learning
- you discontinue your studies
- you do not satisfy the support requirement
- you deliberately provide incorrect information.