A visa is a permit to travel and stay in a country for a maximum of 90 days. If you are visiting Sweden and are a citizen of a non-EU country, you may need a visa. Visit Sweden for less than 90 days – apply for a visa - Migrationsverket
If you intend to stay in Sweden for longer than 90 days, you will need a visitors’ residence permit. Visit Sweden for more than 90 days – apply for a visitor’s permit - Migrationsverket
If you have a valid residence permit issued by another Schengen country, you do not need to apply for an entry visa to visit Sweden for less than 90 days.
Your permit must be ready before you move to Sweden.
However, it is not forbidden to visit Sweden while you are waiting for the decision about your permit. If you are waiting for a decision regarding your residence permit, we recommend to inform the Swedish Migration Agency in advance about your plan to visit Sweden.
You can only do the passport control in Berlin after you received a message from the Swedish Migration Agency requesting you to present your passport in person at the embassy. The passport control can only be done at the embassy in Berlin. The Swedish consulats in Germany do not perform any passport controls.
In order to do the passport control in Berlin you have to be legally residing in the Schengen Area. If the Swedish Migration Agency referred you to us by mistake, please inform them that you are not residing in the Schengen Area.
Please note that the embassy in Berlin has no appointment system for passport control. Instead, you are welcome to visit the embassy Tuesdays from 10.00 to 12.00 o’clock and Thursdays from 09.00 to 12.00 o’clock. You need to show your original valid passport, current and valid Schengen residency permit card/D-visa and your case number (control number or dossier number).
The passport control is free of charge and the embassy does not keep your passport.
You can only book an appointment in Berlin after you received a message from the Swedish Migration Agency requesting you to book an appointment for an interview for residence permit. The interview can only be done at the embassy in Berlin. The swedish consulates in Germany do not perform any interviews.
To do the interview in Berlin you have to be legally residing in the Schengen area. If the Swedish Migration Agency referred you to us by mistake, please inform them that you are not residing in the Schengen area.
Please write the below information into an e-mail in order to book an appointment for an interview and send it to the following email address:migration.berlin(a)gov.se
At the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, we have no appointment system for biometrics. Instead, you are welcome to visit the embassy Tuesdays from 10.00 to 12.00 o´clock and Thursdays from 09.00 to 12.00 o´clock. You need to bring your original valid passport, current and valid Schengen residency permit/D-visa and your case number (control number or dossier number). In Germany the biometrics can only be submitted at the embassy in Berlin. The Swedish Consulates in Germany do not handle the submitting of biometrics. Submitting the biometrics is free of charge.
With a valid Schengen residency permit card/ D-visa and a valid passport, you can enter Sweden and submit the biometrics at one of the Swedish Migration Agency´s offices. Make sure to inform them where you want the card to be sent or collected. Before your visit, book an appointment here: Book, change or cancel appointments for visits - Migrationsverket
If you submit your biometrics at the embassy, the card has to be collected in person at the Swedish embassy during the opening hours of the consular section. Power of attorney is required when collecting someone else's card (does not apply to a guardian of a minor) Power of attorney (migrationsverket.se)
How long you will have to wait depends on what kind of application you have made and if the Swedish Migration Agency needs to supplement or investigate your application further. The Swedish Migration Agency cannot give you the exact waiting time for processing your application. There are many factors that affect how long you will have to wait and the time may vary from one application to another. Read more about time for a decision at the Swedish Migration Agency
The embassy can share the decision with you in two ways (see below). Please send us an e-mail to the following e-mail address migration.berlin(a)gov.se letting us know how you want to receive your decision. Don´t forget to mention your case number.
1) If you give your consent, the Embassy can send a copy of your decision by e-mail. Please note that an unencrypted email is not 100% secure. This applies to the content as well as to the access. You can get information about our data protection policy in this link Data protection policy - Sweden Abroad
2) Otherwise, the Embassy can send a copy of your decision by post. Please submit your current address in the Schengen Area.
According to the current routine, we kindly ask you to contact the authority that manages migration cases in your country (in Germany Ausländerbehörde). That authority should then make an official request to the Swedish Migration Agency for the original document. This is according to a request pursuant to Article 34 of the Dublin Regulation (EG) no. 604/2013.
You can though make a personal request to have original documents that you have handed over to the Swedish Migration Agency returned. Please find further information under the following link:
The Embassy would like to point out that it is not possible to apply for asylum at any Swedish Mission Abroad and that such application instead should be submitted directly to the Migration Agency in Sweden or to the Swedish Border Police when entering the country.
Individuals who are not able to apply for asylum from within Sweden are generally advised to contact the UNHCR or the relevant authorities in their country of residence.
For more information about protection/asylum in Sweden please visit the Swedish Migration Agency website in the link below:
Foreign companies that post employees to work in Sweden are liable to notify this to the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket).