Residence in sweden, after application there will be a welcoming ceremony.

Navigating residence permit application process

Hey there, fellow students! It’s that time of year when the mailbox is full of news about scholarships and the next big adventure: studying at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Whether you’re celebrating a scholarship win or gearing up as a fee-paying student, there’s a common step ahead for all of us – navigating the residence permit application process.

I know, it might sound like a bunch of formalities standing between you and your dream education, but don’t worry! I’m here to break it down into simple steps. And for those bringing their families along for the ride, I’ve got you covered too. So, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s walk through this together. It’s all about making sure you can focus on the excitement of studying at KI, without getting tangled up in paperwork.

Let’s get started!

For scholarship students

Congratulations, scholarship winners!

You’ve done it! Securing a scholarship, be it the full SI scholarship or the KI tuition fee scholarship, is a monumental achievement. It’s a testament to your dedication and a stepping stone towards your academic aspirations at KI. Now, with the financial burden eased, you can channel your energy into what matters most – your education. Here are what you need for you application:

Essential documents – Your journey begins with gathering key documents; the acceptance letter from, detailing your university and course selection, and the all-important official scholarship letter.

Don’t forget a passport that remains valid for your study period or at least for the duration of the initial permit. Check here for possibility to obtain a resi­dence permit for up to two years at certain higher educa­tion insti­tu­tions.

For partial scholarship holders – If your scholarship covers only a part of the expenses, you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to cover living costs. Currently, you should show you can afford 10,314 kr per month for the length of the first permit.

Fee waiver – Good news for scholarship recipients – the usual application fee of 1500 kr is often waived by the migration agency.

Hey there, self-funders!

Taking the leap to study at KI on your own dime is both brave and exciting! While you won’t need to show off a scholarship letter, there are a couple of extra bits to sort out. But hey, it’s nothing you can’t handle!

Here’s the deal:

First instalment – Show them the money! You’ll need proof of your first tuition payment.

Living costs – Just like your scholarship pals, you need to prove you’ve got 10,314 kr per month for living expenses.

Health insurance – This one’s big – make sure you have comprehensive health coverage. If you’re staying over a year, you’ll get a personal number which hooks you up with the Swedish health insurance.

And yes, there’s the 1500 kr application fee – but consider it an investment in your future.

So gear up, get your papers in order, and let’s get you ready for a fantastic time at KI!

Hello, future KI families!

Embarking on a study journey to Sweden is thrilling, and when you’re bringing your family along, it’s a whole new adventure! Once you’ve got your student essentials sorted, it’s time to focus on the family. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your loved ones join you smoothly.

Family First Documents:

Proof of relationship – Whether it’s your spouse or partner, have your marriage certificate or cohabitation proof ready. For kids, their birth certificates will do the trick.

Financial support – Show you can support your tribe. A joint bank statement works best, listing:

Account holder(s)


Date of issue



Keep that balance steady throughout the process; if it dips, the migration office might give you a buzz, and not the good kind.

Living expense requirement for the residence permit application
Living expense requirement by the migrationsverket.

Application flexibility – Apply together or stagger it – your call. Family can apply with you or fly solo later.

Living in Sweden tips – Sweden’s a big hug for families. Kids get top-notch education, and partners have the freedom to study or work.

But heads up, Stockholm’s not cheap, and jobs aren’t low-hanging fruits. Plan your budget and housing early – stay tuned for a housing guide!

So, gather your documents, show you’ve got the funds, and get ready for a life-changing experience in Sweden. Your family’s Swedish saga is about to begin!

Pro tips

Apply early – Beat the rush and avoid delays by submitting a complete application as soon as possible.

Complete and accurate – Ensure your application is thorough. Missing information can mean a longer wait for your permit.

The online application – The process is digital and user-friendly. If your documents aren’t in English or Swedish, get them translated but always include the originals.

Remember, this is just the beginning of an exciting chapter. With a little preparation, you’ll be set to start your adventure in Sweden. And don’t forget to check out Naomi’s blog, Accepted! Now what? (Part two).

Embarking on your academic journey at KI is an exciting step, so begin the application process early and stay organized. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help along the way. While the paperwork may seem overwhelming, each form you fill out is a stride towards an enriching experience in Sweden. Keep your eyes on the prize: a world-class education and a new chapter in life await you!

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Yohannes - Health Economics Policy and Management

Yohannes - Health Economics Policy and Management

Hi there! My name is Yohannes, and I come from Ethiopia, the Cradle of Humanity. I've always been curious and ambitious, and my journey to Karolinska Institutet is a testament to that. I studied medicine and developed a deep fascination with the intersection of healthcare, economics, policy-making, and management. This passion led me to KI. I look forward to learning more about healthcare economics and becoming a part of the vibrant international community at KI. In my free time, I enjoy writing and drawing, always exploring and trying new things.


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