Introduction

The Swedish immigration system

Since 1995 Sweden has been a member of the European Union and is a signatory of the Schengen treaty. The country is also part of the Nordic Passport Union. For nationals of Nordic countries and of the EU/EEA it is easy to go to Sweden.

If you are travelling to Sweden as a tourist, you will not require a visa for a period up to 90 days. Countries that do not require a visa include most of the the European Union and Latin America. Countries like the the USA, Canada, Australia and Mexico, however, do require a visa.

Living in Sweden requires you to obtain a residence permit from the regional government office. In general any stay that lasts longer than three months, or involving studying or working in Sweden, will require a residence and/or work permit.

Therefore, if you plan to live in Sweden for an extended period of time, a visa on its own may not cover you for this. You need to be clear whether you are applying for a visa or a residence permit.


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