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Higher Studies in Sweden: A Student Visa Applicant’s Go-to Guide

Feb 09, 2024

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Higher education abroad is an exciting phase and for those admitted to a Sweden University or Institution, the next important step is obtaining a Swedish Residence Permit (Visa). As you hold your university offer letter and have fulfilled your application requirements, it's time to go through the details of the visa application process. 

We understand that as an international student, the visa application can be a terrifying and stressful process. But fret not, we’re here to fix things up for you and guide you through this entire process. This comprehensive guide aims to be your go-to resource by providing detailed insights into the Sweden visa application process. Hence, here is everything you need to know about the pre- and post-visa application to study in Sweden as a non-EU citizen. So, without any further ado, let’s get started!

Table of Contents

  1. Sweden’s Student Visa Types 
  2. Document Checklist for Student Visa Application  
  3. Student Visa Fees
  4. Student Visa Processing Timeline
  5. Student Visa Application Procedure
  6. Steps to Follow After Visa Application

Sweden’s Student Visa Types 

Before exploring into the application process, it's essential to understand the two primary categories of visas for higher studies in Sweden.

  1. Student Visa - The Student Visa allows you to stay in Sweden for up to 90 days (3 months) and is suitable for shorter courses. 
  2. Residence Permit - The Residence Permit is for those enrolled in full-time degree programs like bachelors and masters in Sweden and who will be staying for over 3 months. For most study abroad aspirants, the Residence Permit will be the visa that will grant you the right to stay for the duration of your studies.

Now that we know the available visa types, let’s proceed ahead to know the essentials required for visa application. 

Document Checklist for Student Visa Application  

A smooth application process begins with preparing the set of required documents. The general and financial document checklist includes. 

General Documents

  • Swedish University Offer Letter.
  • Proof of Tuition Fee Payment.
  • Valid Passport. 
  • Health Insurance (From the travel period to the enrolment at the institution in Sweden)
  • Completed Visa Application Form. 

Financial Documents

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds (Bank balance statements or a scholarship confirmation)
  • Living Expense Requirement (International students must show an amount of a minimum of SEK 9450 per month for living and accommodation expenses) 

Student Visa Fees

As per the latest information available from the migration website, the current student visa fee is SEK 1500. However, if you are an SI scholarship holder, then you get a visa application fee waiver. It is advisable to check for any updates on the official website, as fees may be subject to change.

Student Visa Processing Timeline

Knowing the application timeline is essential for a stress-free experience. The processing time for a Swedish Residence Permit can vary, but on average, it takes around one to three months to get the visa decision.  Once the decision is made, you will receive an email for scheduling the embassy appointment. So, begin your application well in advance to ensure you have ample time for any unforeseen delays. Now that you have the order of application, let’s take a closer look at the step-wise application process.

Student Visa Application Procedure

The initial application process for the residence permit is completely online. You will have to visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website and follow the steps given below. 

  • Prepare your Documentation.
  • Initiate and Complete the Application.
  • Pay the Visa Application Fees and Submit the Online Application.
  • Wait for the Visa Decision and Approval. 

Steps to Follow After Visa Application

Once your Residence Permit is approved, there are a few essential steps to take.

  • Book an Appointment at the Swedish Embassy.
  • Give your Biometric Information and Verify Documents.

After the biometrics are taken and documents are cross verified, your residence card will be delivered directly to the mailing address.mAnd before you know it, your visa is applied, submitted, and approved! Now you can focus on your travel arrangements and plan your journey to Sweden, keeping in mind your university's start date. Upon your arrival in Sweden, the first thing to do is register with the Swedish Tax Agency and obtain a Swedish identity number.On a concluding note, by systematically following the steps outlined in this guide, you can have a really smooth visa application process. 

Remember that you are not alone in this process, we at KC are there to assist you throughout your application process, be it university or visa application. Reach out to our team for the latest updates and information. Being one of the top global educational consultants we ensure that you have a seamless transition into your higher academic journey in this culturally rich and educationally vibrant Nordic nation. 

Best of luck on your Swedish Adventure!

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