Broadly, there are two different types of visas 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 three months. It is typically used by tourists as this allows them a pass through the European Union’s Schengen Area. The other visa is called the Residence Permit for Sweden, which is a long-stay visa and can be applied for a variety of reasons. Students planning to study in Sweden have to apply for a Residence Permit or a Sweden Study Visa to legally enter the country for the purpose of the study.
Resident Permits are issued by the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden but processed by the Swedish Embassy and Consulates in India.
Sweden Visa Processing Time
Since 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 an online application.
Sweden Study Visa Fees
Sweden Study Visa fee for Residence Permit for Study purposes for Sweden is SEK 1,500 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 to 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.
- 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 they have paid (in full) the first instalment of the fees.
- The student needs to note here that this must include a study period that 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 staying 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 for what you believe Sweden offers that 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.
- 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.
Also Read: Student Guide to Sweden
How to apply for a Swedish Student Visa
Candidates are required to follow the steps mentioned below to successfully apply for their Swedish Study Visa.
- Confirm your admission to a Swedish university and prepare the documents as per the checklist mentioned above
- Confirm health insurance (if applicable)
- Fill out the residence permit application form online by logging into Migrationsverket Website.
- Upload the documents and submit your application.
- Pay the visa fee of SEK 1,500 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 a Residence Permit to start their own business in Sweden.
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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.
- The BL Mandhana Scholarships
- Inlaks Scholarships (University Courses)
- Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
- TOEFL Scholarship Program in India (Masters)
- BrokerFish International student scholarship