How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to apply online. An online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Agency.

If you are unable to apply online, please ask your family members in Sweden to fill out the electronic application form, attach copies of documents and pay any application fee. Otherwise you can apply with a printed  application form that you submit at the Embassy or send by e-mail (ambassaden.ankara-visum@gov.se) or mail Katip Celebi Sok. No:7 Kavaklidere/Ankara.

For the application to be registered, it must contain the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Sex and citizenship
  • What you apply for and grounds for the application

It is important that you leave your contact information.

The description below applies to you if you are the citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA and wish to move to live with a family member who is also a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA or is a Swedish citizen.

Applying online

How to proceed (for applications on paper forms, see further down):

1. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data you require. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to applications that are completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

Read more under ‘Required documents’.

2. Applying
Follow the Swedish Migration Agency’s instructions for applying online over the Internet. You attach documents electronically and pay the application fee using a VISA card or a MasterCard.

Swedish Migration Agency web application

3. Your family member must sometimes answer questions
Your family member sometimes has to fill in a questionnaire. If this is the case, he or she will automatically receive an email with instructions. The family member must reply to the questions within two weeks.

4. Visit the embassy/consulate
In case you need to visit the Embassy, you will receive an e-mail where you are asked to book a time for your visit. Wait for this. Only then will the Swedish Migration Agency have gone through both your application and your family member’s replies and have transferred your case to the embassy.

You make an appointment by sending an e-mail to the Embassy to the following address: ambassaden.ankara-visum@gov.se.

The following information should be given to the Embassy when you make an appointment:

  • Name of the applicant(s) 
  • Nationality
  • Phone number or/and e-mail address
  • Name of reference person including date of birth

IMPORTANT: Please note that you can not have two appointments at the same time. If you contact another Embassy or Consulate to book an appointment, your booking in Ankara will automatically be cancelled.

At the embassy, you have to prove your identity by showing your passport, and you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the person looking after the child is interviewed instead.

Bring along the originals of the documents you attached to your online application. In its email, the Swedish Migration Agency may also have asked you to bring additional documents with you. You may need to be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card you will receive if you are granted a residence permit. This also applies to children.

You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

After the interview, your case is transferred back to the Migration Agency in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the embassy, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Agency, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. The actual decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden, if you have authorised him or her to represent you. Otherwise you will be informed of the decision by the embassy, which will contact you by calling the telephone number you provided when applying for a residence permit. Please be informed that you must come to the Embassy in person to receive a copy of the decision.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be issued with a residence permit card.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden
If you need a visa to enter Sweden, the card is ordered automatically if you have already been photographed and fingerprinted. If you have not been photographed and fingerprinted, you should visit the embassy between 08.30-11.30 Monday - Thursday. Bring your passport.

It may take up to four (4) weeks for the card to be produced and delivered to the Embassy. The Embassy will contact you via e-mail or telephone as soon as the card has arrived.You must bring your passport when you collect the card.

If you do not need a visa to enter Sweden
If you have been granted a residence permit and do not require a visa, you travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there. Contact the Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph and fingerprints taken.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, you can submit an application in person or by a representative to the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara.You are recommended to make an appointment at the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara to submit your application. Appointment times are scheduled via e-mail. If you want to schedule an appointment to submit an application for residence permit at the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara, send an e-mail to the following e-mail address:

ambassaden.ankara-visum@gov.se

The e-mail should contain the following information:

  1. If it is a family, information about the number of applicants (how many persons will apply for a residence permit) 
  2. Name of all applicants - If there are several applicants, all their names should be included
  3. Nationality of the applicants
  4. Date of birth of all applicants - If there are several applicants, all their dates of birth should be included
  5. Name and civic registration number/dossier nummer at the Swedish Migration Agency
  6. Telephone number and e-mail address on which the applicant can be reached

How to proceed:

 1. Schedule an appointment time to submit your application (see above)

Send an e-mail to the Embassy containing all the relevant information above. Await the Embassy´s reply with an appointment time and further instructions.

2. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. A completed application means you get a decision sooner.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

3. Pay the application fee
You might be required to pay an application fee. Please check the fee list on the link to the right.

Read more under ‘Fees’.

4. Present your application at the embassy

Bring all the required documents and submit your application in person at the Embassy.

You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

5. Interview

When you have submitted a complete application at the Embassy, the application and supporting documents will be sent to the Swedish Migration Agency. When the Swedish Migration Agency has reviewed the application, you may be requested to schedule an appointment for interview at the Embassy. You now need to wait for a request to schedule an appointment for interview at the Embassy. When you receive such a request, the Swedish Migration Agency has gone through both your application and your family member’s replies and has transferred your case to the embassy. Interview times are scheduled via e-mail (ambassaden.ankara-visum@gov.se).

At the embassy, you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the person looking after the child is interviewed instead.

You may be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card you will receive if you are granted a residence permit. This also applies to children.

After the interview, your case is sent back to the Migration Agency in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the embassy, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Agency, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Agency’s decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden, if you have authorised him or her to represent you. Otherwise you will be informed of the decision by the embassy, which will contact you by calling the telephone number you provided when applying for a residence permit. Please be informed that you must come to the Embassy in person to recieve a copy of the decision.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be issued with a residence permit card. It may take up to four (4) weeks for the card to be produced and delivered to the Embassy. The Embassy will contact you via e-mail or telephone as soon as the card has arrived.  You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.

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