Residence permit for studies

Students from outside the EU/EEA require a residence permit to study in Sweden. The authority responsible for issuing residence permits in Sweden is the Swedish Migration Agency. A residence permit is granted for a maximum of one year at a time. Read below for more information about the application procedure.

Work during studies

Foreign students are allowed to work in Sweden during their period of study. No additional work permit is needed. However, be aware that it is difficult to find a part-time job in Stockholm, especially if you do not speak Swedish.

Please choose the category below that applies to you:

Non EU/EEA citizen - first time applicant

Non EU/EEA citizen - extension of permit

Non EU/EEA citizen - after completed studies

Swiss citizen

EU/EEA/Nordic citizen

Residence permit for Non-EU/EEA first time applicant

Check the status of your application

Once you have submitted your application you can check if your application or appeal has been registered as received by the Swedish Migration Agency and if a decision has been made in your case.

Students from outside EU/EEA must apply for a residence permit for studies from the Swedish Migration Agency. You can read more about how to apply on their website. Applications for a residence permit can under no circumstances be submitted after entering Sweden.

The following documents are required:

  • A copy of a valid passport
  • Letter of Acceptance/Notification of Selection Results as proof of admission to KTH and the duration of your studies
  • Proof that you can support yourself during your stay in Sweden. A minimum of SEK 8010 per month for the entire study period is required (further details here)
  • Proof of payment of the residence permit application fee (SEK 1000)
  • If the duration of your studies is 1 year or less: a valid health insurance for the entire period of studies

To ensure the fastest possible decision:

  1. pay the first installment of the tuition fee (if this applies to you)
  2. apply online at the Migration Agency's website
  3. fill out the entire application
  4. enclose all required documents
  5. have your picture and fingerprints taken when you apply

Make sure to extend your passport if it is about to expire — you cannot obtain a permit for longer than your passport's period of validity.

Biometric data

The Migration Agency requires that you leave your biometric data (i.e. fingerprints and photograph) to be stored in the residence permit card. You have to be photographed and fingerprinted for each new residence permit card that is issued (extensions included). If you are in Sweden you contact the Migration Agency's local permit unit. If you are abroad, contact the embassy in your country of residence. Visit Sweden abroad to find the Swedish Embassy or Consulate closest to you.

After you have been photographed and fingerprinted at the embassy your residence permit (UT) card takes around four weeks to arrive. For information about how to receive your UT card, contact the embassy.

Biometrics after arrival in Sweden

Citizens of certain countries can leave their biometric information upon arrival in Stockholm at the Swedish Migration Agency’s permit unit in Solna. You have to book a visit at the Migration Agency to do this. Book a visit at the Migration Agency here.

When visiting the Migration Agency remember to bring your passport and the following information:

  1. Case number (find it on your residence permit decision from the Swedish Migration Board)
  2. Given (first) name & family name
  3. Your address in Sweden (including 4 digit apartment number)

Extension of residence permit for Non-EU/EEA citizens

When to apply

A residence permit for studies is granted for no more than 13 months at a time so if you are staying in Sweden for longer than this you will have to apply for an extension of your residence permit. You should apply at the earliest 30 days before your current permit expires.

Waiting for your decision

The decision about renewal of residence permit can take up to 5 months. You are entitled to stay in Sweden while the extension request is being processed. However, if you leave Sweden during this process, you must return before your current residence permit expires or be prepared to wait for your decision outside of Sweden. Please pay attention to this when you are planning your travels.You will find more detailed information here.

Fingerprints and photograph

The Migration Agency requires that you leave your biometric data (i.e. fingerprints and photograph) for each new residence permit card that is issued. The biometric data are only stored on the card's chip and not saved anywhere else. For this reason, it is necessary to be fingerprinted and photographed each time you renew your residence permit card. Read more about how to leave your biometrics at the Swedish Migration Agency's permit unit above

Residence permit for Non-EU/EEA citizens after completed studies

Students who have been granted a residence permit for studies and have completed their studies can apply for a residence permit to seek employment or examine the possibilities of starting your own business in Sweden. This residence permit is valid for up to six months. You should apply before your current residence permit for studies expires but after you have completed your studies. Read more about the requirements and application process here.

Swiss citizens

If you are a citizen of Switzerland you must apply for a residence permit upon arrival if you are staying in Sweden for more than three months. Please visit the Migrations Agency's website for more information regarding residence permit for Swiss citizens

EU/EEA/Nordic citizens

As an EU citizen you have the right to study, work or live in Sweden without a residence permit and you do not need to contact the Swedish Migration Agency. Nordic citizens can live and work in Sweden without registration of residence or a work permit. If you are admitted to studies that last more than one year (more than 2 semesters) you can register at the Swedish Tax Agency and apply for a Swedish Personal Number. For further information contact the Swedish Tax Agency

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