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Sweden Visa for Indians

Known for its stunning natural landscapes and progressive society, Sweden is a beautiful blend of modernity and tradition. With a rich cultural heritage of contemporary design and innovation, you can visit Sweden as a tourist or for other purposes, such as studying and working. But before you do, you need to apply for a Sweden visa from India. We will take you through the process of applying for a Sweden visa.

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About Sweden Visa

Sweden captivates travellers across the world with its beauty, history, and culture. This country is celebrated for its commitment to sustainability, social welfare, and equality. Its stunning cities, such as Stockholm and Gothenburg, have both historic architecture and cutting-edge technology.

To visit this beautiful country, you must obtain a Sweden visa first. Before diving into how to apply for a Sweden visa, here are some interesting facts about Sweden.

Key Facts Details
Country Sweden
Currency Swedish Krona (SEK 1 = INR 7.86)
Time Zone Central European Time
Capital City Stockholm
Official Languages Swedish
Popular Tourist Destinations Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Lapland, Visby
Visa Application Method Online

Features of Sweden Visa

Here are some notable features of the Sweden visa application process:

  • Access to Schengen Countries: A Schengen visa allows holders to travel freely within the Schengen Area, which comprises 27 European countries, including Sweden.
  • Travel Insurance for Sweden: When applying for a Schengen visa for Sweden, it is mandatory to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses up to at least EUR 30,000. This insurance should cover emergency medical treatment, hospitalisation, and repatriation in the case of death.
  • Multiple-entry Visa: Depending on the specific visa type issued, a Sweden visa from India can allow for single, double, or multiple entries.

Documents Required to Apply for a Sweden Visa

You need to submit several documents along with your Sweden visa application. Here's a checklist of documents required for a Schengen visa for tourism, business, or family visits for up to 90 days.

Document Description
Sweden Visa Application Form Fully completed form
Passport A passport that is valid for at least three months after the departure date from the Schengen area
Recent Photos as per Sweden visa photo requirements Two recent photographs meeting Sweden visa photo requirements
Travel Itinerary Itinerary with dates and flight numbers for entry and exit from the Schengen area.
Travel Insurance Proof of travel medical insurance covering the entire Schengen territory with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000. It should cover medical emergencies, hospitalisation, and repatriation in case of death.
Accommodation Proof Document indicating accommodation arrangements such as hotel booking, rent agreement, or invitation letter from a host.
Proof of Financial Means Evidence of having financial resources for the duration of the stay such as bank statements or tax returns.

You must have evidence of having SEK 450 per day of your stay in Sweden.

Proof of Paid Visa Fee Receipt or evidence of payment of visa fee.

Documents for Sweden Work Permit 

Are you looking for a work permit in Sweden? Apart from your passport, cover letter, photos, and visa fees, you must submit the following additional documents.

Document Description Requirements
Employment Contract Contract signed by you and your employees. It must be translated into English or Swedish if in a regional language.
Terms of Employment Should meet or exceed Swedish collective agreements or industry standards.
Salary Documentation Must meet or exceed Swedish collective agreements or industry standards for salary
Income Sufficiency The monthly salary should be at least 80% of the median salary in Sweden. (Currently: SEK 28,480 per month)
Insurance Coverage Health, life, employment, and pension insurance provided by your employer.

Documents for Sweden Student Visa

If you want to study at a Swedish university, you must apply for a residence permit if the duration of the course is longer than 3 months. You need to submit the following additional documents.

Document Description Requirements
Admission Letter Proof that you have been admitted to a university in Sweden for a course that requires that you stay in Sweden.
Proof of Sufficient Finances Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for your living expenses in Sweden
Health Insurance Insurance documents showing that you have or have applied for comprehensive health insurance.

Sweden Visa Types

You must apply for the correct visa type according to the purpose of your visit to Sweden. Here's a summary of various Sweden visa types available for Indians.

Sweden visa types Description Maximum Stay Allowed
Schengen Visa For individuals who wish to visit Sweden and other Schengen countries for business, tourism, or family visits. Upto 90 days
National Visa Type D For individuals visiting Sweden for more than 90 days. More than 90 days
Work Permit For individuals who wish to work in Sweden as employees. 1. Duration of your employment.
2. Maximum 9 months for those looking for work.
Residence Permit for Studies For students who wish to study at a university in Sweden. Duration of your study program.
Visitor Permit For those visiting Sweden for more than 90 days for family visits, religious reasons, business conferences, research, etc. Depends on your purpose.

Who Can Apply for a Sweden Visa?

According to Sweden visa requirements, the following individuals can apply for a Sweden visa:

  • Travellers having a valid reason to travel to Sweden like leisure travel, family visits, work, or study.
  • People having a valid Indian passport.
  • Indian travellers who meet all requirements, including Sweden travel insurance that covers all medical emergencies, hospitalisation, and repatriation in case of death. The policy should have a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000.
  • Those who can demonstrate sufficient means to cover their trip and stay in Sweden. You must have evidence proving that you have SEK 450 per day of your stay in Sweden.

How to Apply for a Sweden Visa?

Now that you have understood various Sweden visa requirements, here's the process of how to apply for a Sweden visa.

Step 1: Identify the Type of Sweden Visa

Determine the type of visa you need based on your purpose of travel (e.g., work permit, tourist visa, business visa, etc.). The Sweden visa requirements and the application process are different for each visa type.

Step 2: Find out where to Apply

Find out how to apply for Sweden visa for your visa type.

Schengen visa VFS Global
Swedish Embassy in New Delhi
Student Visa Swedish Migration Agency website
Swedish Embassy in New Delhi
Work Permit Swedish Migration Agency website
Swedish Embassy in New Delhi

Step 3: Gather the Required Documents for Sweden Visa

Prepare the necessary documents for your visa type along with your photos as per Sweden visa photo requirements.

Step 4: Schedule Your Sweden Visa Appointment

Book an appointment to submit your visa application and documents. This can usually be done through the embassy's website or the VFS Global application centre. You can submit your work permit or student visa applications online through the website of the Swedish Migration Agency.

Step 5: Attend Sweden Visa Appointment

Visit your visa application centre or embassy to provide biometric data (fingerprints, photographs).

Step 6: Pay Sweden Visa Fees

Pay the visa application fee for your Swedish visa. Note that the fees will vary depending on the type of visa and are usually non-refundable.

Step 7: Submit Application

Attend your appointment at the designated visa application centre or embassy/consulate. Submit your completed application form, documents, biometric data, and pay the visa fee.

Step 8: Wait for Sweden Visa Processing

After submission, your application will be processed. The average Sweden visa processing time is 15 days but can be extended to 45 days. During this time, you can track your Sweden visa status online. Once your visa application is approved, collect your passport with the visa affixed to it from the visa application centre or embassy/consulate.

Sweden Visa Fees

The amount of Sweden visa fees differs with each visa type. Here's a summary of the fee structure.

Visa Types Sweden visa fees
Schengen Visa EUR 90 (INR 8,059.05)
Visitor Permit SEK 1500 (INR 11,787.73)
National Visa (D) EUR 60 (INR 5,372.70)
Student Resident Permit SEK 1500 (INR 11,787.73)
Work Permit SEK 2200 (INR 17,288.67)

*Visa fee subject to exchange rate fluctuations

How to Check Sweden Visa Status?

If you have applied for your visa through VFS Global, you can check your Sweden visa status through the following steps.

  • Visit the official website of VFS Global.
  • Click on 'Track Your Application'.
  • Enter your application reference number, last name, and captcha code.
  • Click on 'Submit' to view your Sweden visa status.

If you have applied for a residence permit for studies or work, you can track your status by logging into your account with the Swedish Migration Agency.

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