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 Board and is given priority.

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 Board 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 Board'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 Board web application

3. Your family member must answer questions
Your family member has to fill in a questionnaire. Once you have sent in your application, 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
Wait for the email you receive asking you to make an appointment at the embassy. Only then will the Swedish Migration Board have gone through both your application and your family member's replies and have transferred your case to the embassy.

You book an appointment by calling the embassy (during opening hours).

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

5. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Board 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. You can even be informed about the decision by the embassy which will contact you by phone on the contact details you have given. 

6. Arrange for the residence permit card

If you are granted a residence permit, you shall arrange for a residence permit card. As you are legally present in the Schengen zone, and can move about freely, you should travel to Sweden and arrange for the residence permit card there. Visit the Swedish Migration Board website to book an appointment online, to have your photograph and fingerprints

If you for some reason need your card before you leave for Sweden, you can be photographed and fingerprinted at the embassy. It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be made and delivered to the embassy. Once the card has arrived at the embassy, you will be contacted by the embassy during office hours on the contact details you have given.

Applying on a paper form

How to proceed:

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

Read more under ‘Required documents’.

2. Pay the application fee
Pay the application fee that is valid of each month.

Read more under ‘Fees’ on Migration Board's website.

3. Present your documentation at the embassy
Bring along the documentation and you will receive the application forms and a date for your interview. The interview at the Embassy in Athens will be set after approximately two months. At the same time you will be informed in case something is incomplete in your application.

Fee is paid on the day of the interview and the registration of your application at the embassy.

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

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

5. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Board’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.

6. Arrange for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be issued with a residence permit card. You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.