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Residence permit

Students from outside the EU/EEA must have a residence permit to enter and study in Sweden. Citizens of an EU/EEA country only need a valid passport or ID card clearly stating their nationality to enter Sweden.

Citizens of an EU/EEA country

Entering Sweden

To enter Sweden, citizens of an EU/EEA country only need a valid passport or ID card clearly stating their nationality.

Right of residence 

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you may have right of residence in Sweden. If you have right of residence you do not need to have a residence permit. To prove that you have right of residence, you need to provide the following documentation:

  • A matriculation letter or proof of registration as a student at the University of Gothenburg. This document can be printed by the student after enrolment.
  • A certificate of admission from your school showing the period of your studies. Please note that the period of your studies needs to be at least one year if you wish to apply for a personal identity number.
  • Your European Health Insurance Card or proof of comprehensive health insurance valid for your whole stay in Sweden. 
  • A self-signed assurance that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your studies (the Swedish Tax Agency will provide you with a form that you can sign to assure this)

You present these documents after your arrival in Gothenburg, not before.  

More information on the Swedish Tax Agency's website

Citizens of a non-EU/EEA country

Entering Sweden

If you are a citizen of a non EU/EEA country and are planning to stay for longer than three months, you need a residence permit before entering Sweden.
For studies that are shorter than three months, citizens from certain countries must have an entry visa.

You apply for a residence permit at the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country. The process of getting your residence permit may take up to 12 weeks, so be sure to apply as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance. It is important that you have your residence permit card with you when entering Sweden.

To obtain a residence permit you must:

  • Have a valid passport;
  • Be admitted to full-time studies;
  • Be able to support yourself financially for the planned study period;
  • Have a comprehensive health insurance if you are admitted to studies for less than one year.

For further information about rules and procedures, please visit the Swedish Migration Board's website. Also, do not hesitate to contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country. 

More information on the Swedish Migration Board's website

Swedish Migration Board visiting adress: Vestagatan 2

Working in Sweden

As an international student, you are allowed to work alongside your studies. If you are a citizen of a non-EEA country, you must have a residence permit in order to work in Sweden.

More information about working in Sweden during and after your studies

Page Manager: Welcome Services|Last update: 10/9/2017
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