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Applying for a Visa to Sweden

A Schengen visa is required for persons of certain nationalities who wish to visit the Schengen countries. A Schengen visa can be issued for a maximum of 90 days. U.S citizens do not need a visa to visit Sweden if the visit is 90 days or less. Visa applications for travel to Sweden can be submitted to the five VFS Global Visa Application Centers in the USA.

> List of foreign citizens who require a visa for Sweden

Visa Categories
> Residence permits for visits
Spouses, cohabitants and children of primary applicants
> Visiting researchers
> Starting a business
> AU pair employment
> Performing artists
> Professional athletes and coaches

The Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC will continue to represent Iceland in the greater Washington D.C. area in regards to visa applications. Applicants for visas to these countries should also apply through the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Washington D.C.

To schedule an appointment at any of the five Visa Application Centers, call (347) 329-2738 or book online at

Washington, DC
1025 Vermont Ave NW, Suite #200, Washington, DC 20005

New York
145 West 45th Street, Floor 4, New York, NY 10036
(Please note that this VFS office is not located at the Consulate General of Sweden in New York)

142 East Ontario Street, Suite #1700, Chicago, IL 60611 

San Francisco
110 Sutter Street, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA 94104

2425 West Loop S, Suite 330, Houston, TX 77002

VFS Global charges an additional service fee of $33USD per application (This is in addition to the normal application fee).

In most cases, once a complete application has been received by the Embassy, a visa can be issued within 15 days. We do not expedite visa applications.

The biometric data is stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), an IT-system that allows Schengen States to exchange data. For more information visit:

Applicants that have previously submitted the biometric to the VIS system and received a Schengen visa within 59 months are able to send their application by regular mail to VFS Global Washington, D.C. (not by email). The previous Schengen visa has to be included in the application.

How to know if the biometric has been submitted to the VIS system?

If you applied for a Schengen visa before May 16, 2016, your visa should state VIS on the visa sticker remark field.

All submitted biometrics from May 16, 2016 has been submitted to the VIS system. The biometrics is saved for five years.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination (length of stay).

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination (equal amount of days in each country) you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.

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Last updated 29 Oct 2019, 2.33 PM