Applications for residence permit in Sweden, including all claims that refer to asylum and protection, are processed by the Swedish Migration Agency. It is not possible to apply for asylum at any Swedish Mission Abroad and such an application should instead be submitted directly to the Migration Agency in Sweden or to the Swedish Border Police when entering the country.
Those who are not able to apply for asylum from within Sweden are generally advised to contact the UNHCR as their request needs to be assessed within the framework for the so-called refugee quota system or the relevant authorities in their country of residence.
There is more information about protection/asylum in Sweden at the website of the Swedish Migration Agency lAsylum regulations - Swedish Migration Agency (migrationsverket.se) and How to apply for asylum - Swedish Migration Agency (migrationsverket.se)
Third country nationals, need to have a Swedish work permit in order to work and live in Sweden.
All information regarding working and living in Sweden can be found on the Swedish Migration Agency’s homepage: https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Working-in-Sweden/Employed/How-to-apply.html
The main rule is that you should apply for and have been granted a work permit before entering Sweden. The employer in Sweden initiates the work permit application by completing an offer of employment.
Persons who have lived in an EU country for at least five years with a residence permit may apply for long-term resident status in that country. Persons who are granted long-term resident status receive a special EC/EU residence permit. This type of permit in Greece is called επί μακρόν διαμένων – ΕΚ. This permit gives you certain rights, similar to those of an EU citizen and makes it easier for you to move to another EU country in order to work or study.
All information regarding long-term residents can be found on the website of the Swedish Migration Agency: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Long-term-residents.html
All information about the procedure and requirements for obtaining a visa, can be read at the following link: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden
If you would like to apply for a visa, you submit your application documents in person at the Embassy, the application fee is 60 Euro and a decision on your application will be available after about two-three weeks. An application for a visa should be made at a Swedish Embassy or Consulate in the country where the applicant is living legally. In the Schengen area there are five Swedish embassies that handle migration issues, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Paris, and Athens. Kindly contact the Embassy through email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment.
A visa application is a permit about visiting Sweden for a maximum period of 90 days while a family reunion application is a permit about moving to someone, family or relative, in order to live in Sweden.
To book an appointment kindly send an email to email@example.com It then takes two to four weeks before your card is produced and sent to the Embassy of Sweden in Athens.
To enter the Embassy you need to be able to identify yourself with a passport or ID card and present documents that you are legal in Greece. If you have lost your residence permit card or identification documents a police report is required.
Also note that you can order your residence card in Sweden if you do not need it in order to enter Sweden. You can book your appointment directly at the Swedish Migration Agency website: Visit us - Swedish Migration Agency (migrationsverket.se)
The prescribed way to obtain your decision is by collecting it personally at the Embassy after identifying yourself with a valid passport or ID card.
If you have given someone power of attorney in Sweden, authorising them to represent you, the decision is sent to this person. He or she will inform you what the decision says.
The Embassy can also send your decision to the address you have given to the Migration Agency or your current address, with recommended post.
You can check the status of your application at the following link:
You can also get an estimation of approximately how long you are going to wait before a decision in your case is made, at the following link: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Contact-us/Time-to-a-decision.html.
If you are unable to apply online you can contact the Embassy through email firstname.lastname@example.org or during telephone hours for migration issues in order to book an appointment for registration of a paper application. Please note that a paper application involves a longer processing time for reaching a decision.
where the possibility of an electronic application is available.
On the Swedish Migration Agency’s homepage you will find a list of the necessary documents and step-by-step information on completing an electronic application. All documents should be in original and officially translated to English or Swedish.
The most important documents are:
1) A valid photo ID proving your identity, such as a passport.
2) Greek/Schengen documents certifying that you have the right to legally reside in Greece/Schengen.
3) Documents showing your relationship with the person in Sweden (birth certificate, wedding certificate, extract from the population registration).
In case Greek authorities require authentication of documents, it shall be made in Sweden at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet) in Stockholm.
Authentication involves certifying the signature and seal/stamp of a Swedish record. However, it does not involve certifying the content of a document.
If an Apostille stamp is required, please contact the County administrative board (Länsstyrelsen) in Sweden about information on Notarius Publicus.
Notarius publicus | Länsstyrelsen Stockholm (lansstyrelsen.se)
For inquiries regarding official translation please refer to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Translation Service.
Official translation to Greek can also be made in Sweden via the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet): www.kammarkollegiet.se