If you wish to visit Sweden for more than 90 days, you need to apply for residence permit for a visit. If you have special grounds that are approved by the Embassy, a ‘D-visa’ (national visa) can be issued.
If you know when applying that you will need to stay in Sweden for longer than three months, you should apply not for a Schengen visa but for a residence permit for visit. An application for a residence permit for a visit can be submitted at the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria, after appointment only. The application is then sent to the Migration Agency in Sweden, where the decision is taken. Read more about required documents and application process on the Swedish Migration Agency webpage.
If you have special grounds that are approved by the Embassy,the Embassy can in certain cases issue a national visa, known as a ‘D-visa’ for longer than 90 days. Such permits are decided in accordance with national Swedish rules. This means, for instance, that visa facilitation agreements do not apply and that visa decisions are not subject to appeal. Most applicants will not be eligible for a national D-visa as it requires special grounds. The main rule is thus that you should apply for a resident permit for visit.
Please contact the Embassy if unsure which type of permit to apply for either via e-mail or during the embassy telephone hours: Monday – Thursday 14.00-15.00).
If you are to be granted a residence permit for a visit or a national D-visa, the purpose of the trip must be to visit Sweden, not to settle there. You must have the means to support yourself throughout your stay, and you must possess either a return ticket or enough money for your return journey. Medical travel insurance is not compulsory, but it is advisable, since medical costs can be high.
The person you will be visiting in Sweden needs the following documents:
If special circumstances apply in your case, you may be eligible for a national visa (D-visa).
Medical travel insurance is not compulsory, but it is advisable, since medical costs can be high.