Residence Permit for Visiting Researchers

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Talent Migration


If you are the citizen of a non-EU country and want to be a visiting researcher, you need to obtain a residence permit.

A visiting researcher is a person who has taken their doctor's degree or is qualified to start their doctoral studies and who has been invited by a Swedish institution to conduct research in Sweden.

Application Process:

  • You can apply for residence permit online.
  • You cannot enter Sweden until the permit has been granted.
  • If you are currently in Sweden with a valid residence permit for studies you may submit an online application while in Sweden.
  • You will probably be required to pay an application fee
  • Once they have received your application, if you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card.
  • The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate general you indicated in your application

NOTE: A person who has been admitted to postgraduate education in Sweden in order to take a PhD or is going to do part of their postgraduate education in Sweden is not counted as a visiting researcher.



more than 3 month(s)



60 Month(s)



110 USD (approx.)


P. Residency

48 Month(s)


Processing time

4-8 week(s)




What are eligibility requirements for the Residence Permit for Visiting Researchers?

3 Eligibility Requirements

  • You hold a valid passport with validity min of 6 months after the visa expires
  • You must have an agreement with a research principal that has been approved by the Swedish Research Council
  • You must have a form entitled Hosting agreement for visiting researchers in Sweden, number 231011, signed by you and the sponsorer

Which documents do I need to apply for the Residence Permit for Visiting Researchers?

4 Document Required

  • Valid passport, with min validity of 6 months after the visa expires
  • An agreement with a research principal that has been approved by the Swedish Research Council
  • Copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • The hosting agreement with the research principal

Talent Migration data for Sweden

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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