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Permits and visa

EU/EEA citizens

As an EU/EEA citizen, you are entitled to work or study in Sweden without a visa, work or residence permit. The same applies to your family members (if they are EU/EEA citizens) if they join you.

The right of EU citizens to stay in Sweden without a residence permit is called right of residence. You have right of residence if you are employed, self-employed, a student or have sufficient means to support yourself. If you have right of residence in Sweden you do not need to contact the Swedish Migration Agency.

You and your family members have the right to begin working or studying immediately. If your family are non-EU/EEA citizens they should apply for residence cards at the Swedish Migration Agency.

Read more about right of resident for EU citizens family who are EU citizens at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Read more about resident cards for EU citizens family who are non-EU citizens at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Non EU/EEA citizens

Visa
If you wish to visit Sweden, you will need a visa in most cases. A visa is a permit which is required if you plan to enter and remain in Sweden for a period of a maximum of three months - for example, to visit relatives or friends, as a tourist, on business, or to attend a conference. You must apply for the visa before entering Sweden.

Read more about entry visas at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Residence permit for visiting researchers
If your main work at the university will be research and if you will stay for more than three months in Sweden, you should apply for a residence permit for visiting researchers. Your residence permit must be granted before you arrive in Sweden. In order to be counted as a visiting researcher, you must have a university or college education that qualifies you for access to doctoral studies, and your main work at the university should be research. You do not need a residence permit to work for less than three months.  

Members of your family can obtain residence permits for the same period of time as yours. If you have a permit for at least six months, your partner can also obtain a work permit.

Read more about residence permit for visiting researchers at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Residence permit for doctoral students
If you are a doctoral student and wish to stay in Sweden for a period longer than three months, you need to obtain a residence permit for students. Your residence permit must be granted before you arrive in Sweden. If you are studying in Sweden for less than three months, you may need to apply for a visa to enter Sweden.

Members of your family can obtain residence permits for the same period of time as yours. If you have a permit for at least six months, your partner can also obtain a work permit.

Read more about residence permit for doctoral students at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Work Permit
In most cases, a work permit is required for citizens of countries outside the EU. Work permits are applicable only for teachers and administrative/technical staff. Doctoral students and persons who will do mainly research (visiting researchers) need to apply for a residence permit as described above. In order to obtain a work permit, you must have received an offer to work in Sweden.The main rule is that you must apply for and obtain a work permit before entering Sweden. You will obtain a permit for as long as your job lasts but not past the time for which your passport remains valid. A work permit can be granted for up to two years at a time.

If you obtain a permit to work in Sweden, residence permits can be granted to members of your family for the same period of time. If you receive a permit for at least six months, members of your family can also obtain work permits.

Read more about work permit at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Read more about permits for a family member of a person who has a work permit at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Residence permit card
If you have been granted a residence permit you will also receive a residence permit card as proof that you are permitted to live in Sweden. The card has a computer chip that contains your fingerprints and a photo of you. You always need to have your residence permit card with you when you go to government agencies or the health care services

Read more about residence permit card at the Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link

Application

Most of the applications can be done online at the Swedish Migration Agency's website. Applications with all necessary documentation are prioritised, a complete application with the correct information will therefor guarantee you a faster response.

Updated 2017-03-27