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If you are planning to move to Sweden, you are probably wondering whether you need a visa or permit. Find out everything you need to know in this article.

As an open and welcoming country, Sweden attracts many expatriates every year. By moving, there, regardless of the objective of your stay, you may need a permit. The following are the different types of stays allowed in the country:

  • residency
  • work and residency
  • moving to someone
  • study
  • tourism
  • family visit
  • business or attending a conference
  • medical treatment
  • visa extension
  • protection and asylum.

Of course, travel conditions and formalities vary according to the different purposes.

Swiss, EU and EEA nationals

Live and work

Swiss, European Union and European Economic Area nationals are allowed to live and work (as an employee or entrepreneur) in Sweden without a work and residency permit for a 90 days period. Beyond this period, they are required to register at the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket). Find more information here: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents.html

Family visit

If you are planning to pay a visit to a family member living in Sweden, you will have to apply for a resident permit. Note that family members include the following: the spouse, common law spouse, civil partner, future spouse and less than 18 years old children. Find more information here: ww.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden

Study

If you intend to study in Sweden, you are required to apply for a resident permit before moving there. Note that you must have enrolled for full-time courses, requiring your permanent presence in the country, to be eligible to this permit. Find more information here: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college

Tourism

You do not require a visa to make a less than 90 days stay in the country.

Business and attending a conference

You do not need a visa for business trips and attending conferences in Sweden.

Medical treatment

You do not need a visa if you are moving to Sweden for medical treatment purposes.

Extension of stay

If you are making a more than 90 days stay in the country, you are required to register with the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

Non-European nationals

Live and work

To be allowed to live and work in Sweden, non-European nationals have to apply for a work permit and resident permit. These documents are also compulsory for those who wish to set up their business in the country or sign a partnership with a resident entrepreneur.

If your host country has granted you a resident permit since more than 5 years, you can apply for the special EU residence permit in Sweden provided you have the necessary financial means to support yourself during your stay. More information here: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents

Non-European nationals having a university diploma, or having at least 5 years of work experience in a particular field and receiving wages which are at least one and a half time higher than the Swedish average wage, are eligible to the EU Blue Card. More information here: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/EU-Blue-Card.html

Study

To study in Sweden, you must apply for a resident permit before moving there. To be eligible to this permit, you must have enrolled for full-time courses requiring your permanent presence in the country. More information here: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college

Tourism

Non-European nationals have to apply for a visa before traveling to Sweden, regardless of the length of stay.

Business and attending a conference

You are required to apply for the appropriate visa before moving.

Medical treatment

Foreign nationals requiring medical treatment in Sweden have to apply for a visa before moving. Note that Sweden has signed facilitation agreements with the following countries in this regard: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Extension of stay

If you wish to stay longer in Sweden than allowed by your visa, you may request for an extension of stay. You will thus be entitled to 90 additional days. Beyond this period, you will have to apply for a Visitor’s residence permit. More information here: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden

Protection and asylum

Each case is individually assessed by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket). Find more information here: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Protection-and-asylum-in-Sweden

 Useful links:

Swedish Migration Board – Migrationsverket www.migrationsverket.se

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