EU, NORDIC AND SWISS CITIZENS

 

EU citizens working, studying or living in Sweden

As an EU citizen, you are entitled to work in Sweden without a residence permit. When you arrive in Sweden, you need a valid passport or ID card. Your family also has the right to join you in Sweden as long as you have right of residence. If your family are non-EU citizens and you intend to stay in Sweden for more than three months, they should apply for residence cards for EU citizens' family members who are non-EU citizens at the Swedish Migration Board.
 

Nordic citizens

If you are a citizen of Denmark, Finland, Norway or Iceland you may be considered both a Nordic citizen and an EU citizen, and use two different sets of rules.
 

Swiss citizens

As a Swiss citizens you need a valid passport to enter Sweden and apply for a residence permit if you intend to stay longer than three months. You can start to work on arrival, you don't have to wait for your application to be processed.

For more information, please see: residence permits for visiting Swiss citizens.

 

NON-EU CITIZENS

If you are a non-EU citizen you should apply for a residence permit or a work permit dependening on your position.
 

Residence permit

If you are a visiting researcher or a PhD student, you should apply for a residence permit. Please note that PhD will apply in the same form as students.
 

Visiting researchers

If you are a visiting researcher you need to apply for a residence permit. This needs to be arranged in your home country before departure and the general rule is that the permit should be granted before you enter Sweden. The application is done via the Migration Board's website, see: residence permits for visiting researchers.

A hosting agreement from the University must be enclosed with your application and should be signed by the university and yourself.

If you are staying less than three months, you don't need to apply for a residence permit. However, citizens of certain countries must have a visa to enter Sweden.
 

PhD students

If you are a PhD student you will apply for a residence permit in the same form as students, see: residence permits for students.

If you are staying less than three months, you don't need to apply for a residence permit. However, citizens of certain countries must have a visa to enter Sweden.
 

Residence permits for your family

Your partner (spouse, common-law spouse, or registered partner) and unmarried children of you and your partner who are under 18 can apply for a residence permit for the same period of time as yours. They may also obtain a work permit if you have a permit to stay for at least six months.


Work permit

You must have been offered a job before you can obtain a work permit. You cannot enter Sweden until the permit has been granted. You cannot obtain a work permit to go to Sweden and look for a job.

An offer of employment must be included in your application. Please read more about the requirements for work permit at the Swedish Migrations Boards website. If you will work for less than three months, citizens of certain countries require a visa, see: list of foreign citizens who require Visa for entry into Sweden.
 

Special agreement about work permit

Stockholm University has a special agreement with the Swedish Migration Board about work permit for employees (not for visiting researchers).

 

POPULATION REGISTRATION, PERSONAL IDENTITY NUMBER AND ID CARD
 

Population registration

If you have moved to Sweden from abroad and are planning to live here for one year or more you should normally be registered in the Swedish Population Register. To be registered in the Swedish Population Register means that you have a personal identity number and that you are registered as living at a certain address and property. In addition to that, your marital status, spouse (if applicable), children and parents are also registered in the register. To be registered you must apply in person to the Swedish Tax Agency
 

Personal identity number

When you plan to stay more than one year, you should register as a resident in Sweden and you will recieve a personal identity number. You must notify of your move to Sweden through a personal visit at a service center. For more information on civic registration and what documents you should bring with you, please see: the Swedish Tax Agency.
 

Coordination number

If your stay is one year or shorter you are not entitled to a personal identity number. Stockholm University can instead apply for a coordination number, which is an identification number for people who are not registered in Sweden.
 

ID Card

When you apply for Swedish ID card, which will have your photo and personal identity number, you willl need to make sure you have the proper identification with you (usually your passport and your residence permit card). You must apply in person at the local tax office (Skattekontoret) and you should expect this process to take a while, usually about two weeks. For more information, see: ID card.

The Tax Service Office Stockholm’s City
Visiting adress: Lindhagensgatan 76, Kungsholmen
Telephone: 0771-567 567
From abroad: +46 8 564 851 60