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Sweden – Residency

Types of Residency in Sweden

Sweden offers a range of residency permits for foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the country. The following are some of the most common types of residency permits:

Work permit

A work permit is required if you plan to work in Sweden for more than three months. Your employer in Sweden must offer you a job and apply for your work permit on your behalf. You must have a valid employment contract and your salary must meet certain minimum requirements.

Study permit

If you plan to study in Sweden for more than three months, you will need a study permit. You must have been accepted into a full-time education program in Sweden and have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay. You must also have comprehensive health insurance.

Family reunification

If you are a family member of someone who is living and working in Sweden, you may be able to apply for a residency permit based on family reunification. Your family member must be a Swedish citizen or have a valid residency permit in Sweden.

Startup permit

If you plan to start a business in Sweden, you may be able to apply for a startup permit. You will need to have a business idea that is considered innovative and have sufficient funds to support yourself and your business during your stay in Sweden.

Permanent residence permit

If you have lived and worked in Sweden for a certain period of time, you may be eligible for a permanent residence permit. You must have lived in Sweden for at least four years, and have a legal right to reside in the country during that time.


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Applying for Residency in Sweden

The process of applying for residency in Sweden will vary depending on the type of permit you are applying for. The following are some general steps to take:

  1. Determine which type of residency permit you need.

  2. Apply online at the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. You will need to create an account and fill out the necessary forms.

  3. Pay the application fee, which varies depending on the type of permit you are applying for.

  4. Submit your application along with any required documents, such as your passport, employment contract, or proof of financial support.

  5. Wait for a decision. The processing time can vary depending on the type of permit you are applying for, but it typically takes several months.

  6. If your application is approved, you will need to visit a Swedish embassy or consulate to have your biometric data collected and your permit card issued.

Required Documents

The specific documents you will need to support your application for residency in Sweden will depend on the type of permit you are applying for. Some common documents that you may need to provide include:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of financial support
  • Employment contract (if applying for a work permit)
  • Acceptance letter from a Swedish education institution (if applying for a study permit)
  • Marriage certificate or birth certificate (if applying for family reunification)

Registration Requirements

Once you arrive in Sweden, you will need to register with the Swedish Tax Agency in order to receive a Swedish personal identification number (personnummer). This is required in order to open a bank account, sign up for health insurance, and other important tasks.

You will also need to register with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency in order to be covered by the Swedish social security system.

Finding Information on Residency in Sweden

The Swedish Migration Agency is the best source of up-to-date information on residency permits in Sweden. Their website provides detailed information on the different types of permits, the application process, and required documents.

The Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country may also be able to provide information on residency permits and the application process.

Expats living in Sweden may also find it useful to join online communities or groups that are specifically tailored to their needs.

For reliable and up-to-date information on residency in Sweden, you can visit the following websites:


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