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Residence permits for visiting researchers

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and want to be a visiting researcher, you need to obtain a residence permit instead of a work permit. See more information below at non-EU/EEA citizens.

You do not need a permit to work/do research for less than three months. However, citizens of certain countries need a visa.

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

You do not need a work permit or visa. As an EU citizen you have the right to work, study or live in Sweden also without a residence permit.The right of EU citizens to stay in Sweden without a residence permit is called right of residence. You have right of residence if you are employed, self-employed, a student or have sufficient means to support yourself.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

If you are a scientist invited to a scientific establishment in Sweden for the purpose of teaching or lecturing only, and for a period of less than three months, you do not need a work permit. However, nationals of some countries will need a visa (see our Visa page).

If you plan to work in Sweden for longer than three months you will instead need a residence permit (applies for visiting researchers) or work permit (applies for those not doing any research). You must apply for the permit from your native country or other country outside Sweden where you are living.

If you apply using the Migration Board website, you will get a decision sooner, providing that the Migration Board does not need to request further information.

More information about permits, visas and application forms can be found at