Reasons for Rejection of Sweden Student Visa

Reasons for Rejection of Sweden Student Visa

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 00:20 IST

Sweden Study Visa Rejection: Sweden has over the years emerged as a favourable study-abroad destination and rightly so. They have a very student-friendly approach, state-of-the-art facilities and above all an adequate education system. The number of Indian students studying in Sweden currently stands at 2,500 (July 2022) as per a report by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Students looking to study in Sweden or anywhere across the world would require to have a study pass often termed a student visa to be legally allowed to enter a foreign country for the purpose of education. Similarly, in Sweden, students would require a Sweden Student Visa to legally enter the country for the purpose of education. However, before they can have their dreams come true, they face a major hurdle which is a Visa Interview, where there is a slight probability of their study visa getting rejected for the reasons mentioned below. However, students should know that a visa being rejected would only mean that there is an underlying problem with your Sweden study visa application that needs rectification. Read on to know how to avoid any such mistakes to have your study visa processed successfully.

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Top Reasons for Rejection of Sweden Study Visa

Here we are going to talk about some common mistakes that candidates make while applying for their study abroad student visa, and how to best avoid them. This way, the visa would never be rejected in the first place.

Not Understanding the Questions Properly

For a lot of students, it is the first time they are actually filling out a visa application form. A lot of the terms in the visa application are technical and others require very specific information. So there is always room for students to misinterpret the question. Hence, it is always advisable that students understand the question before filling out their Sweden Student Visa application form.

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Submission of Incomplete Application form

Another mistake with the visa application is leaving out important/relevant questions in the form. Students got to understand that the visa application form is the document that would represent them at the consulate. Hence it is important that the visa application form is able to paint a just picture of the candidate visiting the foreign country for study.

Less Research

A lot of times, students do not have information on the course they are preparing for, the college or the destination they are visiting. It is important for the candidate to do his homework well. Officials at the visa centre would be very interested to know whether the candidate is genuinely interested to visit the country to study or does he have other intentions in mind. Hence, it is important for the candidate to know about his university/college, his course and the destination of his education.

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Submitting Incomplete Documents 

A Visa application is always submitted with a set of supporting documents to further the student’s cause of education in a foreign country. Hence it is important that the student submits all the documents that the form requires. Candidates should keep in mind that the documents would also need to be in compliance with international standards. Hence, it should not be in any foreign language and should comply with international standards.

Insufficient Financial Proof

Another important thing the application form would require you to mention is your financial information. It is very important for candidates to be honest about their financial information, as any irregularities in the information could lead to the cancellation of the application of the candidate.


Candidates would also have to state their academic background, immigration background among many others. The prime job of the visa officer is to allow students who can blend into the standard of the country and also study and benefit most from it among other things. Hence, it is important that candidates provide accurate information.


Most importantly, it goes with all application forms and not just pertaining to a visa application form is honesty. Be it on the form or at the personal interview round candidates are required to be honest as any discrepancies could lead to the cancellation of their visa application form.

Earlier Visa Refusal

If your previous visa application was refused and your situation has not changed since or the candidate has failed to provide information as to why their Study Visa application should be accepted, is a good ground for a visa refusal.

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Personal interview

The personal round is where the candidate has a face-to-face interview with the visa official. The candidate should always appear sharp and confident. He would be posed questions or asked to clear doubts the visa officer may have during the time of reviewing his visa application form. The candidate should appear calm and dapper and answer the questions posed to him. At the end of the interview, the candidate would be informed about the state of his visa application.

What happens if your visa gets rejected?

Most of the time, the visa application is rejected due to the reasons mentioned above. The visa officer would inform you about the reason for the rejection and ask you to apply after the cool-off period. Candidates are required to rectify their mistakes and apply to the visa application centre after the cool-off period. The cool-off period in question is the requisite gap between two visa application submissions that candidates have to follow before applying for their visa again. for more help, talk to our Overseas Admission Counseling.

How to Appeal?

Just because your visa application is rejected, it does not mean that you have to wait till the cooling-off period and submit a fresh visa application. You can appeal for it as well, if you are not satisfied with the reasons given to you for your visa application rejection you can submit your appeal to the Embassy of Sweden in Delhi/Mumbai or one of their consulates in India. The appeal should be sent in writing either through mail or e-mail, but do not send it more than once or in different ways than described earlier. Once the appeal is made the Embassy verifies it and looks into the documents and other material sent by you in your appeal to support your claim for a visa, the Embassy will reply to you very soon. If you fail to appeal within the 3 weeks of receiving information about the rejection of your visa your appeal will not be considered and in that case, you will have to submit a new visa application.

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Reasons for Rejection of Sweden Student Visa FAQs

Q. What is the cost of a student visa for Sweden?

A. The cost of a student visa for Sweden will depend on your service provider. If you have taken the services of a visa facilitating agency then your cost of a visa will depend on the fees they charge. However, if you do the whole visa process all by yourself, then Sweden charges SEK 1,500 for a D-Visa. You can pay this fee in Indian currency via UPI, Bank draft or Cards. 

Q. What is the type visa for students going to Sweden for Higher education?

A. There is no such thing as a student visa specially made for international students coming to Sweden for higher education. If you are a non-EU national then you require a visa to visit Sweden. However, if you plan to stay in Sweden for more than 90 days then you will need a visitor's residence permit. This residence permit is called D-Visa. International students going to Sweden for higher education are needed to apply for D-Visa. 

Q. What are the documents required for a student visa to Sweden?

A. The documents required for a student visa to Sweden are as follow:
  • An invitation or proof of acceptance for admission to a Swedish university/college
  • Passport valid for at least three months after the visa has expired.
  • Sufficient financial support for the return trip home
  • Medical Insurance
  • Proof that you  intend to leave Sweden on the last day before the visa expires
  • Other documents that embassy of Sweden may require.

Q. What is the cooling off period after rejection of visa by Swedish embassy?

A. If your visa application for Sweden is rejected, then the embassy will inform you of the reason for the rejection of your application. If you are not satisfied with the decision, you can submit a fresh application for a visa after a cooling off period of 3 weeks from the day you received the decision. 

Q. How to apply for a visa to Sweden?

A. There are various different ways to apply for a visa to Sweden. See if there is any external service provider. You can go to the Swedish embassy website to see if there is any external service provider that has an agreement with the embassy. You can also directly go to the Swedish embassy and apply for a visa or use their e-visa services if provided for your country by Sweden. 

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