How to Apply for Swedish Business Visa in Nigeria
If you have a conference to attend or a business trip to honour in Sweden, the Swedish Business visa is what you need to do so. This visa category helps you visit Sweden for a limited period of time to attend business meetings or conferences. You must be willing to spend some time to gather documents you need for visa application and apply for visa to visit Sweden. Read on to understand how to apply for Swedish business visa in Nigeria.
What is Swedish Business Visa?
As a Nigerian, you are required to apply for and get visa when traveling to Sweden or any other destinations that are not included in the list of visa-free countries for Nigerians.
When your purpose for visiting Sweden is business, you must apply for Business visa in order to abide by the Swedish immigration policies.
Sweden business visa is a permit for staying for a short period of time in Sweden for business. It gives you the access to visit Sweden for 30 days, 90 days, or longer duration. This visa is one of the various visa categories for visiting Sweden. Others include Sweden visit visa and Sweden study visa.
As you may know, Swedish business visa gives you the freedom to travel not just to Sweden but to other European Union (EU) countries who belong to the Schengen states. Therefore, a Sweden Business visa can also be called a Schengen Business visa. With it, you can travel to 25 other countries to attend business meetings. However, you must visit Sweden first before going ahead to visit other regions.
These regions are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Can I Apply for Swedish Business Visa in Nigeria?
You must ensure that you meet the requirements for Swedish Business visa before you apply for it. Are you a Nigerian or a foreigner living permanently in Nigeria? Is your international passport valid? Are you an adult? These are some of the questions you need to provide a ‘yes’ answer to before you apply for the Swedish business visa in Nigeria.
Moreover, you must be able to cater for your expenses in Sweden. The figures from the Swedish embassy is SEK 450 per day (NGN19,184.04 as at January 2018) for the rest of your stay in Sweden.
What are the Required Documents for Swedish Business Visa Application in Nigeria?
Before securing an appointment with the Swedish embassy Nigeria (in Lagos or Abuja) or visiting the Swedish visa application centre (in Lagos or Abuja), it is important that you collate the necessary documents for visa application. The following are the documents you need:
1 International Passport Book
Endeavor to present a valid international passport book which is valid for six months by the time you submit it for visa. It must also be valid for three months after you leave Sweden
2 Sweden Visa Application Form
This is the form for collecting your personal details, travel information and details of the inviting organisation in Sweden. The Sweden visa application form is online, you can get this form here.
3 Coloured Photocopies of Passport Book Data Page
4 Statement of Account from Bank
Statement of your bank account showing transactions for three months prior to the submission date. It is best to present a bank statement that is not older than two weeks.
5 Travel Health Insurance Certificate
This certificate has to be issued by an approved insurance company in Nigeria. Your insurance plan must worth € 30,000 and last for your duration of visit in Sweden.
You may process your travel health/medical insurance here, from NaijaGoingAbroad. We are partners with Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, a Swedish recognised insurance company for medical/health insurance.
6 Document of Itinerary
This is a flight reservation document, indicating your travel plans. You can get a copy of flight reservation document for your application here.
7 Document of Accommodation
This could be an invitation letter from a host in Sweden or a hotel booking confirmation. We can help make a hotel reservation here.
8 Invitation letter from Swedish Organisation
Addressed to the consulate, this letter should indicate the type of business that you would be involved in when you visit Sweden – meeting, negotiation, contract, and so on. It should bear the identity and name of the Swedish company involved and the period the business will last for. Your invitation letter should also introduce you to the consulate.
9 Letter from Employer
This letter is should confirm that you are an employee of the company and you have been permitted to visit Sweden for a specific duration. You may present a similar letter if you are self-employed, but ensure to also submit your company’s registration documents and tax certificate.
10 Visa application fee payment proof
When applying through the Swedish Embassy Abuja, it is necessary to present a proof of visa application fee payment (receipt). You do not need this if your parent is a citizen of EU. Request for the correct Swedish embassy bank account details by sending an email to [email protected]
How to Apply for Swedish Business Visa in Nigeria
Applicants have two separate ways to go about their Sweden business visa application. You could visit the embassy of Sweden in Abuja or go through VFS Global (visa application centre).
Through the Sweden Embassy, Abuja
1 Prepare your documents
2 Schedule an appointment
Do this by sending an email to “[email protected]” or call 0807 9617 005 between 2 pm and 3 pm, Monday to Thursday.
3 Attend interview
Take along your duly filled application form, payment receipt and other required documents to the Swedish embassy on the scheduled date of appointment.
Through VFS Global
1 Prepare your documents
2 Submit documents
Visit any of the VFS Global offices to submit your visa application. The VFS Global Abuja office address is 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. While their Lagos address is Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I, Lagos.
Frequently asked questions and answers on Sweden Business visa application in Nigeria
How long does it take to issue Sweden business visa in Nigeria after submission?
It takes five weeks, on average, to process a Swedish visit visa. After you’ve submitted your application, the Swedish embassy will wait for ten working days before processing it. The embassy will reach a conclusion 15 days after, and will contact you for your passport pickup.
Therefore, you are advised to start your visa application two months before your intended travel date.
Is Sweden visa application form online?
Yes. The Sweden visa application is available online. You may click here to download the form, fill it out with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, save and print it out. Remember to also fill out the questionnaire that is attached to the form.
Where is Swedish embassy in Nigeria?
The Swedish embassy address in Abuja, Nigeria is: 41, T. Y. Danjuma Street (Plot 1520), P.M.B. 569, Garki, Abuja FCT. For other embassy address, click here.
What is Swedish embassy website?
The official website of the Swedish embassy is www.swedenabroad.com/Abuja
Where is Sweden visa application centre?
The Sweden visa application centre in Nigeria are in two locations. They are managed by VFS Global. These locations are:
- Abuja office address: 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.
- Lagos address: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I, Lagos.
How much is Sweden visa fee?
Sweden visa fee in Nigeria is 60 Euros (NGN 21,900 as at January 2018). If you are applying through VFS Global, you may have to pay added fees – NGN 10,950 for service charge and NGN 10,950 for courier delivery.
What is the Swedish embassy work hours?
The embassy is open to inquiries on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may get across to the embassy from 9 am to 11 am on these days.
Conclusion on How to Apply for Swedish Business Visa in Nigeria
The most important information on how to apply for Swedish business visa in Nigeria is to endeavor to meet all required documents. This way, you become confident of your chance of securing the visa.
If you have not taken our free visa eligibility test, we advise you take the test now in order to properly plan your application.