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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 one of the VFS Global Visa Application Centers in the USA.

> List of foreign citizens who require a visa for Sweden

At this moment Sweden has a travel ban in place until December 22, 2020. During this time the Embassy would not be able to grant any visas unless the applicant is able to show proof of exemption of the travel ban as well fulfill the requirements of the Visa Codex. Information about the travel ban and its exemptions can be found on the link below. 

https://polisen.se/en/the-swedish-police/the-coronavirus-and-the-swedish-police/travel-to-and-from-sweden/

The Schengen visa is not a guarantee to enter Sweden during the travel ban, as the assessment and decision will be made at the border by the Swedish Border Police, therefore we recommend that the traveller also brings documentation showing proof of exemption.

Unfortunately, VFS Global in the U.S. are closed and will not open until the travel ban is lifted. At this moment application must be submitted directly to the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. If you have submitted the biometrics and been issued a Schengen visa within 59 months, the application can be submitted by mail. If you have not had a Schengen visa and submitted the biometrics within 59 months, the applicant must schedule an appointment with the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. to submit the application.

For residents in Canada, at this moment Sweden does not have representation in Canada and therefore applicants must apply through the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. If you have submitted the biometrics and received a Schengen visa within 59 months you can send in your application by mail. If not, you will have to schedule an appointment with the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C.  For more information, please contact us at Washington.ambassaden-visum@gov.se.

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To schedule an appointment at any of the five Visa Application Centers, call (347) 329-2738 or book online at www.vfsglobal.se/USA

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)

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

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

Houston
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).

Applications shall be lodged no more than six months before the start of the intended visit, and, as a rule, no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.

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: ec.europa.eu

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