Required documents

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA and wish to move to a family member in Sweden who is not a citizen of the EU/EEA, but has a permanent residence permit in Sweden or is a Swedish citizen, you need the documents below.

If you apply online, you attach the documents electronically. However, you have to present the originals of the documents when you visit the embassy.

If you apply on a paper form, you have to bring all the requisite documents to the embassy, together with two completed and signed application forms, two completed and signed family details forms, as well as a copy of ALL submitted documents. One original and one photocopy of all Notary Certificates must be handed with the application.

Mongolian citizens should note that certificates must be translated into English and be notarised by a notary public before being legalised and stamped by the Consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulaanbaatar.

All documents in Chinese or Mongolian must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator.

Documents required by all applicants

You need:

  • A photocopy of the identity page of your valid passport.
  • Civic registration/family certificate (personbevis), for the person living in Sweden.
  • A photocopy of the identity page of the passport for the person living in Sweden.
  • If you are not applying online, you need the form Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, form no. 161011, and the form Family details, no. 239011. See heading below for information about children.
  • Chinese citizens need to provide a notarized Household Register “hukou”(户口本). You should have an updated civil status (i.e. if you are married/divorced/single/widowed) in your “hukou” before you notarize it.

Married couples

If you are married, you need the following:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above).
  • A photocopy of your Swedish wedding certificate or a notarized marriage certificate from your home country.
  • A notarized proof of national registration, a rental contract or proof of sale for your joint residence, or other document that shows you have lived together (applies to persons who have lived in a country other than Sweden).

Unmarried couples

If you are not married, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above).
  • A notarized single certificate or other document showing that you are not married. The Embassy is aware that there are some difficulties with acquiring single certificates for Chinese citizens at the moment. It is, however, important that applicants prove their current marital status as  best they can with a document. The document must be translated into English by an authorized translator.
  • If the applicant has been married before, he/she need to hand in a notarized divorce certificate.
  • A notarized proof of national registration, a rental contract or proof of sale for your joint residence, or other document that shows you have lived together (applies to persons who have lived in a country other than Sweden).

Children under age

If you have children under the age of 18 accompanying you to Sweden you can apply for a residence permit for them in your online application.

Children under age need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above).
  • If you are not applying online or if the child is applying alone, form no. 163011, Application for a residence permit for a child under the age of 18 to settle in Sweden, and form no. 239011, Family details. All forms must be signed by the custodian of the child.
  • A notarized birth or kinship certificate.
  • A notarized written consent from the parent who stays in the home country (if relevant).
  • A notarized proof of custody of the child, i.e. a notarized divorce agreement (if relevant).
  • If the custodian cannot bring the child to submit the application at the Embassy herself/himself, cannot bring the child to the interview or cannot bring the child to collect the permit card, a power of attorney must be given by the custodian to the person bringing the child to the Embassy. It must be handed in in original when visiting the Embassy.

Other close relatives

Other close relatives are members of your family other than your husband/wife/common law spouse, a minor or the parent of a minor.

If you belong to this category, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above).
  • A document certifying that you and your relative are dependent on each other and have difficulty living apart (e.g. for social, emotional or financial reasons).
  • A notarized kinship certificate.
  • A document showing that you lived together immediately before the relative moved to Sweden.
  • Other documents showing that you are dependent on your family member or relative in Sweden.

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