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 and is given priority. If you cannot or do not want to apply over the Internet, you can fill in a paper form that you submit in person to the embassy.

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 but has a permanent residence permit in Sweden 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 about which documents you need to prepare under ‘Required documents’, in the menu on the left.

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 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/consulate
Wait for the email you receive asking you to make an appointment at the embassy. 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.  In this email, the Swedish Migration Agency may also ask you to bring additional documents with you.

You make an appointment by booking an interview time yourself on the website of the Swedish Migration Agency. If you have not or cannot book a time online yourself, the Embassy will contact you to schedule an interview for you. If you have children applying at the same time as you, make sure to only book one slot for the adult. The Embassy will still interview all family members on the booked appointment.

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.You also 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 within 14 days, 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. If you have not authorised your family member in Sweden to represent you, you should contact the embassy to be informed about the decision.

You can send an e-mail to: visa.beijing@gov.se to enquire about your decision.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be issued with a residence permit card. For more information, please see the Swedish Migration Agency website.

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 Monday-Friday 9.00-11.00. Bring your passport.

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 here we will contact you by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address you provided in your application form.

You can collect the card without making an appointment Monday-Friday 9.00-11.00.

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. For a list of citizens who need a visa to enter Sweden, please click here.

Applying on paper form

How to proceed:

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

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

2. Pay the application fee
The Embassy will only accept card payment. Cash payment can only be accepted when card payment is not possible and has to be paid in Chinese currency.

Read more under ‘Fees’.

3. Present your application at the embassy
Bring along the completed application forms together with all your documents.

You will be summoned to a personal interview at the embassy, after you have presented your application. When the Embassy has all the necessary documentation, your case will be forwarded to the Swedish Migration Agency. Another interview with your family member/relative will then take place in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency is the decision making authority in your case.

You can present your application during opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.00-11.00. You do not need to make an appointment.

After you have submitted your application you will be contacted by the Embassy, who will schedule an interview time for you. The waiting time for an interview varies depending on season and the amount of applicants. Usually you will be summoned for an interview within 2 months from handing in your application.

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

4. Visit the embassy
When the Embassy has scheduled an interview time for you, you must visit the Embassy in person at the appointed interview time. 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 will 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. If you have not authorised your family member in Sweden to represent you, the Embassy will only inform you about the decision if it gets rejected, otherwise you will be informed when you can come to the embassy to collect your permit card.

You can send an e-mail to: visa.beijing@gov.se to enquire about your decision.

6. Wait 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’.

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