Despite the uncertain situation in Ukraine and the conflict with Russia, Sweden does not impose sanctions on Russian citizens who want to come here. Also, after the coronavirus restrictions were also lifted starting on April 1st, 2022, it is now possible to freely travel to Sweden just like before. However, the authorities recommend applying for visas at least 3 or 4 weeks prior to arriving in the case of non-EU/non-EEA citizens.
Those who want to immigrate to Russia from Sweden for a longer-term, however, are required to apply for a temporary residence permit first. We recommend using the services of our immigration law firm in Sweden to apply for the right type of document in accordance with the reason to stay.
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Permits under which it is possible to relocate to Sweden from Russia on a short-term
When deciding to move to Sweden from Russia, the first aspect to consider is the duration of stay. Based on it, one will need to choose an appropriate type of residence permit. Currently, here are the main papers issued to those moving here for a short period of time:
- cultural visas are available for Russian citizens who come to Russia for at least 3 months within a period of 6 months; these are considered Schengen visas;
- medical visas enter the same category as cultural visas, they allow for multiple entries that must not exceed 3 months within a total period of 6 months;
- visitor or tourist visas are available for Russian citizens who want to visit family or friends and have a limited validity of 3 months;
- business visas with the same duration of 90 days and are available for Russian entrepreneurs coming for conferences, meetings, or to enter partnerships or associations.
These are rather easy to apply for and obtain, as it takes about 15 days for a visa application to be processed. For long-term visas for those who want to immigrate to Sweden from Russia, the procedure depends on the reason for moving.
Feel free to get in touch with our immigration lawyers in Sweden if you have any questions about coming here.
Entry requirements for Russian citizens coming from EU/EEA countries
Many Russian citizens are established in other countries in Europe, and if these countries are in the EEA or the EU, Russians holding residence permits there can move to Sweden much simpler. More precisely, these can come to Sweden based on the permits obtained in the respective states.
Family reunification is also a simpler way to relocate to Sweden from Russia, as the relative living in Sweden can extend the invitation of joining him or her.
We can also provide specific services to those who do not necessarily need to apply for residence permits but need assistance in registering with the local authorities.
Obtaining long-term residency in Sweden as a Russian
People who want to immigrate to Sweden from Russia and plan to remain here indefinitely can do that by applying for work permits, marrying Swedish citizens, or by starting their own businesses.
It takes 5 years to obtain permanent residency in Sweden, however, the applicant is required to live here during this timeframe. Citizenship can be acquired after 10 years of living here.
Get in touch with our immigration lawyer in Sweden for information on the procedure of obtaining a permanent residence card.
How many Russians live in Sweden?
According to the latest information, there are about 22,000 Russian citizens living in Sweden. Those who want to move here can do that under the same conditions applicable to nationals of other countries.
Contact our lawyers for assistance if you want to immigrate to Sweden from Russia.