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 either, 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 do not have all the documents with you, you or someone else may complete your application by visiting the embassy in the next 2 weeks, Mon / Thu 09:00 to 11:00, and present the original documents then. The supporting documents can not be sent by mail, if you pplied online.

If you apply on a paper form, you have to bring all the requisite documents to the embassy, together with the completed special application form described below.

If you apply on a paper form, you must take into consideration the following:

  • All applicants, including children, must submit their application in person.
  • The applicants have to fill out the forms by themselves, and the forms for children have to be signed by the child's parent / guardian.
  • All supporting documents and forms must be submitted in the original form.

Documents required for all applicants

You need:

N.B. Your family member living in Sweden has to be able to support themselves as well as the members of your family who are applying for residence permits. They also need to have a home of sufficient size and standard for all of you to live in. Please be aware that your family member from Sweden will have to be ready to present proof of maintenance only at the Migration Agency´s request, and only after the application has been handed in. More information about the maintenance requirements you can find on the Migration Agency´s homepage.

Married couples

If you are married, you will need the following:

  • The documents required for all applicants (see above)
  • A document proving that the marriage is registered in Sweden (extract from the population register, i.e. personbevis)
  • International marriage certificate, certified with apostille, issued by the local authorities
  • If possible: the national registration certificate, a joint rental contract, or a proof of a joint real estate purchase, or other documents that show that you lived together (for people who lived in another country than Sweden)
  • If you apply on a paper form, you will also need the form Form for married persons/common law spouses and accompanying children, no. T92.
  • Although it is not required, we recommend you to attach even the evidence that you have maintained regular contact with your partner and/or that you have met in person. This means that you can attach mutual photos from different periods, screenshots of your internet correspondence, phone records, airline tickets, etc. These documents should be submitted in PDF or JPG format to your application. Alternatively, you can bring them in paper form to your interview at the Embassy.

If you got married in Sweden:

  • Verify the extract from the population register with apostille at Notary Public in Sweden
  • Translate the extract from the population register to Serbian using the official interpreter
  • Register the marriage at the Serbian and Montenegrin authorities with the help of the extract from the population register and its translation
  • Obtain the international marriage certificate from the authorities in the home country
  • Verify the international marriage certificate with apostille at the municipal court

Please take into account that it is no longer possible to verify the marriage certificate at the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade.

If you got married in Serbia or Montenegro:

  • Population registration office in the municipality where you got married shall issue an international marriage certificate
  • Verify the international marriage certificate with apostille at the municipal court
  • Register the marriage in Sweden, at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).
  • The Swedish Tax Agency shall issue your partner's extract from the population register with the details of his/her marital status

It is important that you register the marriage in Sweden and Serbia / Montenegro before you apply for a residence and work permit.

Unmarried couples

If you are not married, you will need:

  • The documents required for all applicants (see above)
  • National registration certificate or other document proving that you are not married
  • If possible: the national registration certificate, a joint rental contract, or a proof of a joint real estate purchase, or other documents that show that you lived together (for people who lived in another country than Sweden)
  • If it concerns you: the judgement of divorce, verified with apostille at the municipal court, and translated to Swedish or English by the official interpreter
  • If it concerns you: the international death certificate for your deceased former spouse
  • If you apply on a paper form, you will also need the form Form for persons who are planning to marry or cohabit as well as their accompanying children, no. T91.
  • Although it is not required, we recommend you to attach even the evidence that you have maintained regular contact with your partner and/or that you have met in person. This means that you can attach mutual photos from different periods, screenshots of your internet correspondence, phone records, airline tickets, etc. These documents should be submitted in PDF or JPG format to your application. Alternatively, you can bring them in paper form to your interview at the Embassy.

Children under age

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

Children under age will need:

  • The documents required for all applicants (see above).
  • The international birth or kinship certificate.
  • The judgement of divorce (proof of custody), verified with apostille at the municipal court, and translated to Swedish or English by the official interpreter
  • Written consent of the child’s other parent / custodian, signed in person at 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 are in this category, you need:

  • The documents required for 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 document showing how you are related
  • A document showing that you lived together immediately before the relative moved to Sweden
  • If you apply on a paper form, you will also need the form Form regarding membership of a joint household for use by applicants at a Swedish mission abroad, no. T84.

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