If you're a student from Kenya, you'll need the Residence permit (D/DF) to study in Sweden. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Sweden. Find out the best information about the process of getting the Residence permit (D/DF) to decide if studying abroad in Sweden is right for you.
Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Swedish Residence permit (D/DF). You should apply at least Unknown months before your university degree programme starts.
After you've applied, you can expect that you'll wait about 30 to 120 days for the decision.
Here is what Kenyan students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Sweden:
You have to apply for a student residence permit online via www.migrationsverket.se and then book an appointment at the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi to give your biometrics.
Kenyan students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.
You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.
The Residence permit (D/DF) from Sweden is valid for up to course duration. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Sweden after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.
To apply for the Swedish Residence permit (D/DF), you will also have to pay a fee of 1000 SEK. Depending on your situation, Swedish authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in Kenya, or through a bank transfer.
Kenyan students won't need to get health insurance for the Swedish visa.
When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Sweden, they require you to prove that 8190 SEK/ either from an external source, or already in your bank account.
Kenyan students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Sweden. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Sweden.
Kenyan students won't need to take a medical test before arriving in Sweden.
Kenyan students won't need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Sweden.
Look at the Sweden immigration website for more detailed visa information.
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