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Sweden

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

Ukraine nationals who are a holder of a biometric passport, will be able to travel to Sweden without a visa. This means that a Ukrainian citizen who can present a valid biometric passport at the Swedish border can stay in Sweden without an entry visa for up to 90 days. Ukrainian citizens who do not have a biometric passport have the right to enter and stay in Sweden for 90 days with a Schengen visa.

Furthermore, there are no special rules for Ukrainian citizens who want to apply for various kinds of residence permits from Urkaine (such as applications for work permit or through close family ties). Information about different types of residence permits and what is required to be granted a residence permit can be found on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. Applications may be submitted through the Swedish Migration Agency’s e-service.

Any special considerations

The Embassy in Kyiv is closed until further notice. The Embassy may be reached via email ambassaden.Kiev@gov.se

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

The EU Member States (i.e. including Sweden) have decided to activate the Temporary Protection Directive. This means that Ukrainian citizens and persons who are refugees or have subsidiary protection in Ukraine and have left Ukraine after the Russian invasion can get immediate protection and a temporary residence permit.

The directive applies to (i) individuals who are a Ukrainian citizen and were a resident of Ukraine before 24 February 2022, (ii) individuals who have a residence permit as a refugee or have subsidiary protection status in Ukraine, and (iii) family members of individuals stated in (i) and (ii) above. To be covered by the directive, the individuals must has left the country on 24 February 2022 or later.

Once the individual has received the permit he/she will, in addition to food and housing, have the right to work, the right to seek basic care, the right to schooling for children, and certain financial support in Sweden. If the individual is granted a residence permit for temporary protection, it is valid until 4 March 2023. The individual will get a residence permit card that says what type of residence permit he/she has. Once the individual has been granted a residence permit he/she has the right to work in Sweden.

Persons who have committed certain criminal acts (e.g., war crimes or other serious crimes) or who pose a threat to Sweden’s security cannot get a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive.

Ukrainian citizens who are coming from Ukraine to Sweden will in the first instance be granted a residence permit in accordance with the Temporary Protection Directive. After such person has received a decision according to the Temporary Protection Directive, he/she has the possibility to apply for asylum in Sweden according to the ordinary asylum process. It is not possible to apply for asylum from abroad.

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

There are no special rules for non-Ukrainian citizens who want to apply for various kinds of residence permits from Ukraine (such as applications for work permit or through close family ties). Information about different types of residence permits and what is required to be granted a residence permit can be found on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. Applications are submitted through the Swedish Migration Agency’s e-service.

Any special considerations

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If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

There are no special rules for non-Ukrainian citizens who want to apply for various kinds of residence permits from Ukraine (such as applications for work permit or through close family ties). Information about different types of residence permits and what is required to be granted a residence permit can be found on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. Applications are submitted through the Swedish Migration Agency’s e-service.

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

Ukraine nationals in Sweden on existing visas should continue to ensure they meet the conditions of those visas. If a Ukraine national wants to extend their stay, such individual can apply for a visitor permit, primarily through the Swedish Migration Agency’s e-service. An asylum application can be submitted in person at the Swedish Migration Agency’s office. The person who is going to apply for asylum needs to be in Sweden and apply in person.

Other considerations

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Links to latest Government information

https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/About-the-Migration-Agency/The-situation-in-Ukraine.html