Travel: This Is How To Apply For A Sweden Student Visa From Nigeria

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Sweden is a beautiful Scandinavian country. It is located in Northern Europe, and characterized by coastal islands, lakes, forests and Glacier Mountains. It is an innovative and economically viable country with various career and educational opportunities for Nigerian international students.

Recently, I compiled a list of some of the best Swedish schools to study in as a Nigerian international student. You can read up on that article here.

Sweden student visa for a study stay of less than 3 months is a national D-visa issued by the Migration Agency in Sweden. If your studies in Sweden will last longer than three months, you’ll need a residence permit before travelling to Sweden.

You’ll be eligible for a Swedish student residence permit if;

  • You can prove that you have been admitted onto a course programme at an accredited Swedish university or institute.
  • You have comprehensive health insurance to cover all medical expense
  • You can support yourself for the duration of your course. You are required to have SEK8, 010 ($940) a month for at least 10 months for every year of your stay, in addition to that, you must pay the first installment of your tuition fees (which must be paid before you’ll receive your student residence permit). The required amount is reduced if you are receiving free lodging or food, or if you have a scholarship grant.
  • You will need to renew your permit annually.

When applying for a Swedish student residence permit you must submit the following compulsory supporting documents.

These include:

  • The student resident permit application form, this is done either online or via the embassy
  • An international passport valid for at least three months after the last date of your stay. You can process your international passport at your nearest immigration office. Click here for our article on how to process your international passport.
  • A copy of the first page in your passport which shows your personal details, the period of validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than Nigeria
  • Two recently taken colour photographs in passport format that are no older than six months and are 45 mm x 35 mm in size. The photos must be taken against a light background and show you looking straight ahead.
  • Admission decision or letter of acceptance showing that you have been admitted to study a programme or courses full-time
  • Copy of document proving that you have comprehensive medical insurance coverage in Sweden (if you have been admitted to studies that last less than one year). If you are insured through the University or University College, enclose a certificate to prove this. Click here for our article on where to get your travel insurance
  • Bank statement showing that you have the means to support yourself. This bank statement, which you are to enclose to your application, should be dated in connection with the time of application and be translated into English OR documents issued in your name, showing that you have received a scholarship or similar (e.g. student aid), including information about the monthly amount and the period during which you will receive such funds OR documents proving that you have been awarded an educational grant (only applies to doctoral students) or have been employed as a doctoral student, with information regarding the amount and the period during which you will receive such funds.
  • Swedish online visa application fee is SEK1000 for adults and SEK500 for minors, this fee is paid online with a credit or debit card in connection with the residence permit application
  • A copy of your ticket for the return journey
  • If you are accompanied by children – the form Application for co-applicants. Note that additional documents are required for applicants under the age of 18. If your family is accompanying you to Sweden, each family member must submit their own application.

Sweden Student Residence Permit Application Process

To begin the Swedish student residence permit process online you must having the following available;

  • have reached the age of 18
  • have a valid e-mail address
  • be able to pay the application fee using a Visa card or MasterCard
  • be able to scan or photograph the documents to be attached
  • have a program that reads pdf format i.e. adobe or acrobat reader

The Swedish student residence permit application process includes the following steps:

  • Pay your first tuition fee instalment
  • Begin your online student residence permit application
  • Prepare and upload all your supporting documentation for the residence application process
  • Submit the online application
  • Pay the application fee online
  • After your online application, the Swedish Migration Agency will begin to assess your submitted application right away
  • For the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision about your application all the details need to be filled in and all supporting documents enclosed. This is necessary to shorten your approval time
  • The current waiting time for a residence permit for studies is three months or more, so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible after receiving your notification of admission. You will receive an e-mail stating that a decision has been made concerning your residence permit application
  • You must contact the Swedish embassy in Abuja to get your actual decision, and possibly book an appointment for this. When you come to collect your decision, you must bring your passport.
  • You’ll need an entry visa for travel to Sweden, visit the Swedish embassy in Abuja as soon as you have been granted a student residence permit, to be photographed and fingerprinted. This is so that you can be given a residence permit card and travel to Sweden.

The Offline Swedish Student Residence Permit Process

The Sweden embassy also accepts student residence permit but the Visa and residence permit applications are received by appointment only.

Appointments bookings are handled by e-mail:, you must include the following information in your appointment request in order to be given a valid appointment date:

  • Your full name,
  • Date of birth,
  • Citizenship,
  • Passport number,
  • Contact information
  • and your visa application fee payment bank teller number.

E-mails are answered in 1-2 weeks.

The waiting period to get an appointment for an interview for residence permit is 2-3 months and for visas 2-3 weeks. During spring/summer the waiting period can be up to 6 weeks.

Form no. 105031, Application for residence permit for students and doctoral students should be downloaded and filled, inclusive of all supporting documents and visa application fees, these are submitted to the Swedish embassy in Abuja. Click here to download.

Residence permit application fees are paid at;
Zenith Bank
Account No: 1130018871

Sweden Embassy In Nigeria
41 T. Y. Danjuma Street

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