Students from EU/EEA

EU/EEA citizens who are registered as studying at a Swedish university and have comprehensive health insurance automatically have right of residence in Sweden, and do therefore not need to register with or apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Migration Board. For more information please visit: www.migrationsverket.se.

Students from Switzerland

Swiss citizens who are admitted for studies in Sweden lasting longer than three months must apply for a residence permit. You do not need to wait for your application to be processed, you may begin studying as soon as you arrive to Sweden. Please visit the Migration Board’s website for details regarding the application process and application forms: www.migrationsverket.se.

Students from the Nordic Countries

Nordic citizens can spend time in and live in Sweden without registering or obtaining a residence permit.

Students from Outside the EU/EEA

International and exchange students from outside the EU/EEA who are admitted for studies lasting longer than three months must apply for a residence permit (“uppehållstillstånd” in Swedish). For studies shorter than three months, an entry visa is required for citizens from certain countries. Application for a residence permit can under no circumstances be submitted after entering Sweden. The responsible authority is the Swedish Migration Board (“Migrationsverket” in Swedish). Please visit their website for details regarding the application process and application forms: www.migrationsverket.se.

Requirements to be Granted a Residence Permit

To be granted a residence permit you must intend to study and:
• Be admitted to full-time studies that require full-time attendance (distance courses do not fulfill the requirements).
• 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. You must prove to the Swedish Migration Board that you will have a guaranteed sum of at least SEK 8,010 per month at your disposal throughout the entire period of your
studies when you apply for a residence permit.
• Have a valid passport.

Extension of Residence Permit

A residence permit is normally granted for one year at a time. Extension of a residence
permit must be done before the existing residence permit expires. Please be
aware that the waiting time when applying for extension of a residence permit
might be very long. You are entitled to stay in Sweden while the permit is being
processed. More information can be found on the Migration Board’s website:
www.migrationsverket.se.

Residence permit to seek employment or start business

If you have a residence permit for studies at a university or other higher education institution in Sweden and have completed your studies, you can get a residence permit to seek employment or examine the possibilities of starting your own business here. You must apply for a residence permit while you are still in Sweden and before your current permit for studies expires. More information here.