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Sweden Student Visa Guide

Sweden Student Visa Guide

Updated on Feb 27, 2020
Rahul Singha
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Broadly, there are two different types of Visa a person can apply for when planning to go to Sweden. A person intending to travel to Sweden for recreational purposes would apply for a Schengen Visa. This is essentially a visa that is valid for 3 months. It is typically used by tourists as this allows them a pass through the European Union’s Schengen Area. The other visa called the Residence Permit for Sweden are long-stay visas and can be applied for a variety of reasons. Students planning to study in Sweden have to apply for these Residence Permits.

Resident Permits are issued by the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden but processed by the Swedish Embassy and Consulates in India.

Visa Processing Time

快穿系统女主深吻hSince all visas applications are sent to Sweden, the Visa is processed in about 90 days. However, it might take longer and you are advised to start the process as soon as possible. Also, a paper application takes much longer than an online application. Hence, students are advised to opt for online application.

Visa Fees

快穿系统女主深吻hThe Visa Fee for Residence Permit for Study purposes for Sweden in SEK 1,000 at the current exchange rate. Students are required to make an online payment for the same by using a Visa or a MasterCard. (Both Credit and Bank/Debit Cards are acceptable).

Note:

When making the online fee payment, you should keep in mind that the card you are using has the requisite balance and you can make international payments with the same. It would be advisable to speak with the issuing bank beforehand to be certain of the same.

What documents are required for Student Visas for Sweden?

If you are applying for a Residence Permit for Sweden, you would have to provide certain documents. Even before you start the actual visa application, we suggest you must ensure you have all of the following documents.

Note:

  • For Paper Applications, you would need two sets of the documents – original as well as signed true copies of the same.
  • For Online, you would be required to upload the scanned copy of the original documents. Remember to scan and upload the original documents and not the photocopies.
  • Also, for online applications, the attached documents should not be larger than 2MB and in acceptable formats of pdf, doc, docx, jpg, png, RTF, and txt. PDF and JPEG are always preferred for official documentation.

快穿系统女主深吻hHere is a list of documents required for applying for Swedish Visas/ Residence Permit

  • A student must have a valid passport with a validity of at least 6 months at the time of application. Also, the passport should be issued not earlier than 10 years preceding the time of application.
  • Students need an enrolment letter from a University in Sweden that clearly states the duration of the course and that you have paid (in full) the first installment of the fees.
  • The student needs to note here that this must include a study period which is equivalent to at least 30 credits. In case your first semester does not equal 30 credits, you would have to pay a fee for two semesters. (Though this usually is not the case)
  • Proof of financial capacity which means that you have the funds to pay for the course you are enrolled in as well as support your stay in the country. This could be in the form of a scholarship/ sponsor (public or private), student loan or own funds to the tune of SEK 8,190 for each month of your stay in Sweden, computed for the intended stay with a minimum of 10 months for every year of stay in Sweden.
  • You would be asked to provide proof of health insurance if your stay is less than 10 months. For students applying to longer stays, you would be provided with compulsory health insurance when you reach Sweden.
  • Class X/ XII/ Bachelors (whichever applicable) Mark-sheet and Certificate showing clearly the year of completion of the course.
  • Your application would also ask you to submit a 1000 character (roughly 150 words) essay as to why you have chosen Sweden as the country for your studies. There is no specific format for the same but you have to give a specific reason what you believe Sweden offers which your home country does not. 
  • Note, you are not required to submit all the certificates. The system would prompt you only to provide the last qualification/ work experience details. In case you wish to provide information for all the previous qualifications and/or work experience, you would have to provide relevant documentary proof.

Also Read: Student Guide to the Sweden

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How to apply for a Swedish Student Visa

  • Confirm your admission to a Swedish university and prepare the documents as per the checklist mentioned above
  • Confirm health insurance (if applicable)
  • Fill the residence permit application form online by logging to Migrationsverket Website.
  • Upload the documents and submit your application.
  • Pay the visa fee of SEK 1,000 through a Visa/ Mastercard
  • Receive confirmation from the consulate/ embassy
  • Submit your biometric information and photograph at the nearest embassy/ consulate office of Sweden on receiving the email

Working while on Student Visa in Sweden?

International students can work while they are pursuing their education from Sweden. There is no upper limit to the number of hours a student can work for. However, a student is required to mandatorily complete a minimum study of 40 hours a week. Most of the Universities in Sweden have their own career cells where students can be assisted in finding appropriate part-time options.

Working after Studies

Students who have completed their studies from Sweden can apply for and get an extension of their Residence Permit for 6 months to seek suitable employment. Once the student has an appropriate job, s/he would be required to have a Work Permit for Sweden. Students can also seek Residence Permit to start their own business in Sweden.

Related Articles: Top Universities in Sweden

Scholarships for studying in Sweden

A large number of international students prefer Sweden for pursuing higher studies. But, pursuing an education in Sweden does not come cheap. Therefore, students have to look for different ways to arrange funds to cover tuition fees and living costs. Considering the demand of the students' various universities in Sweden offer scholarships to international students. Below we have given some popular scholarships for studying in Sweden.

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Comments (14)

Gaurav Majumdar
Gaurav Majumdar
PG Aspirant5 days ago

Hi Rahul

Please let me know what would be considered as own funds? Would only liquid cash be considered or any other financial investment or property can also be considered. Also please help to clarify can the above be in my parents name.

Regards
Gaurav

Rehana Ismail
Rehana Ismail
PG Aspirant5 months ago

I have lost my olevel certificate and marksheets and srudent. Can i apply for msc in sweden for msc with bba and mba certificate

Rahul Singha
Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert5 months ago

Hello Rehana. you can check out a list of popular colleges in Sweden and their admission requirements by visiting here: http://studyabroad.eservicestar.com/sweden

Rehana Ismail
Rehana Ismail
PG Aspirant5 months ago

I gave lost ny olevel certificates. But I have mt bba and mba ceetificate as well as ielts. I want to apply for msc in sweden. Can i apply wirh thses documents

Rahul Singha
Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert5 months ago

Hello Rehana. you can check out a list of popular colleges in Sweden and their admission requirements by visiting here: http://studyabroad.eservicestar.com/sweden

Saranya Mahalingam
Saranya Mahalingam
PG Aspirant6 months ago

hi, I have an idle gap of 5 years. I am completed my UG in B.Tech in 2013, worked for 14 months. After that I quit for preparing for the competitive exams in India and I have no work experience for that. Is there any opportunity for studying in Scandinavian countries given my case?

Rahul Singha
Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert5 months ago

Hello Saranya. if you can specify your choice of country for study abroad I would be able to send you a list of popular colleges and their admission requirements for you to pursue further.

Harjinder Kaur
Harjinder Kaur
PG Aspirant1 year ago

I have passes MA in 2014. I have no ielts. So, I can apply sweden study visa

Swameeka Medhi
Swameeka Medhi
Study Abroad Expert1 year ago

Hi Harjinder, complete your IELTS with a good score to meet the English language requirements. Also, to be able to apply for a student visa you must be accepted by an university first, decide what to study, where to study, check university specific entry requirements and prepare accordingly.

Sharuhasan.S
Sharuhasan.S
1 year ago

I have applied ms in sweden, unfortunately My parents are not able to spend money for my daily expenses but they are ready for pay tution fees with the help of loan.
Will i can manage the daily expenses and Semester fees in sweden!??????

Swameeka Medhi
Swameeka Medhi
Study Abroad Expert1 year ago

Hi Sharuhasan, you can look for an education loan which can be used to cover the living expenses such as groceries, pesonal supplies, household supplies etc. Note , it does not cover any entertainment and holiday packages. Also, keep in mind that you must show financial proof for one year ( tuition + living) to obtain the student permit, if you are not able to do so you are not eligible to process the visa. Check for financial options firstly and proceed accordingly. Check here
http://studyabroad.eservicestar.com/eligibility-criteria-for-education-loan-applycontent61405

Dot
Dot
1 year ago

快穿系统女主深吻hHello, can my mother act as a sponsor for a study visa to sweden?

Swameeka Medhi
Swameeka Medhi
Study Abroad Expert1 year ago

快穿系统女主深吻hYes, ofcourse.

Mohsin
Mohsin
1 year ago

Hey I would like to apply for Sweden for study

kahlon
kahlon
2 years ago
kahlob
kahlob
2 years ago

hey guys have you received all your housing offer?