Obtaining Your Visa

Obtaining your visa

Your Swedish Visitor’s Permit

A Visitor’s Permit (also known as a ‘visa’) proves that you are in a country legally. When traveling to and from Sweden, you may be asked to show your permit at passport control to prove that you have the right to come back into the country.

If you are a DIS student coming for the fall or spring and do not hold a passport from Norway or the European Union, you will apply for a Swedish visitor’s permit. Upon acceptance to DIS Stockholm, DIS will send you the necessary paperwork for the Visitor’s Permit application. Do not begin the application until you are directed to do so.

Students from Entry Visa-Free Countries

If you are a student from an Entry Visa-Free country, you may legally enter Sweden without a visitor’s permit. However, DIS requires you apply for one before you depart.

If your passport nationality is not on this list, you are considered ‘Entry Visa-Free’.

Students from Non Entry Visa-Free Countries

If you are a student from a Non Entry Visa-Free country, you are required to obtain your Swedish visitor’s permit prior to your departure. Note: part of the application requires you to submit your biometrics in person at the Swedish Embassy in your home country or the U.S.

If your passport nationality is on this list, you are considered ‘Non Entry Visa-Free’.

How Do I Apply for a Visitor’s Permit?

You should not apply for a Swedish visitor’s permit on your own; DIS will send you the necessary information after your acceptance. For the application, you will need:

  • A passport valid six months beyond the end date of your DIS term abroad
  • A bank account statement in your name that contains a minimum of USD $3,000
  • Additional materials provided by DIS