Students from Entry Visa-Required Countries


As a DIS student studying abroad in Sweden, you are required to apply for and obtain the necessary documentation to reside in Sweden legally.

The guidelines outlined on this page are relevant to students from Entry Visa-Required countries, including China, India, Turkey, and Thailand. If your passport nationality is on this list, you are considered ‘Entry Visa-Required’.

Read the information here closely and look out for communications from DIS. We will send you individualized instructions on how to apply for your Swedish Visitor’s Permit.

As an entry visa-required student, you are required to obtain your Swedish Visitor’s Permit prior to departure.

Timeline for Your Legal Residence Process as an Entry Visa-Required Student

Step #1: Submit your Swedish Visitor’s Permit application

In the months leading up to your departure, DIS will send you an application for your Swedish Visitor’s Permit and details on how to apply. You must submit your application by the deadline indicated in this email.

DIS will email you your Case Number once your application has been submitted to the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C.

If you will be applying from outside of the U.S., you will apply through the embassy nearest you. Please inform DIS when we contact you with your application instructions.

Step #2: Contact the Swedish Embassy

Once DIS emails you your Case Number, you will need to email the Swedish Embassy and ask to submit your biometrics required by your Visitor’s Permit.

Step #3: Visit Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. for your appointment

You will need to visit the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. When going to your appointment at the embassy, the only thing you need to bring with you is your passport and credit/debit card to pay the $15 biometrics fee.

Receiving your Residence Permit

Approximately two weeks later, you will receive your Swedish Residence Permit card in the mail. You will need it to enter Sweden.

Important: You must submit your application to DIS by the deadline indicated in the email. The entire application process can take up to two months to complete. Contact DIS by calling 800-247-3477 or email if you have questions.