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.

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:

1. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data that are required. 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 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 e-mail with instructions. The family member must reply to the questions within two weeks.

4. Visit the embassy
Wait for the e-mail 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.

You make an appointment by sending your request by e-mail to the embassy, e-mail address: migration.berlin@gov.se. Please state your case number or control number, your present residence permit for Schengen, whether you will be able to perform an interview in German, English or Swedish or if an interpreter will be necessary.

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 they are older than six years.

Bring your present residence permit for Schengen as well as the originals of the documents you attached to your online application. In its e-mail, 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 embassy address under "Contact" in the menu on the left.

After the interview, your case is transferred back to the Swedish 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.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot apply online, you can apply on a paper form that you submit by post to the embassy. You can find the embassy address under "Contact" in the menu on the left. How to proceed:

1. Prepare the 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:
The Swedish Migration Agency website

2. Pay the application fee
Please transfer the fee to the embassy bank account and send a copy of the receipt together with your application form.

Beneficiary: Schwedische Botschaft (Embassy of Sweden)
Account Number: 266 216 101
Bank: Commerzbank
BLZ: 100 400 00
IBAN: DE82 1004 0000 0266 2161 01
BIC/SWIFT: COBADEFFXXX

Read more under "Fees".

3. Present the application at the embassy
If you cannot send your application by post to the embassy, you can also submit the completed application directly in person at the embassy without making an appointment on Thursdays, 9.00 am-12 noon. Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents.

You can find the embassy address under "Contact" in the menu on the left.

Your application will be forwarded to the Swedish Migration Agency. As soon as we receive their decision we will contact you. You can check your application through the contact information on the following link.

Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by e-mail. The decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden, if you have authorised him or her to represent you. If you for some reason need a copy of the decision, you have to contact the embassy by sending a request to: migration.berlin@gov.se

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 in the Schengen zone and can travel within the Schengen-countries, you should travel to Sweden and arrange for the residence permit card there. Visit the Swedish Migration Agency website to book an appointment online, to have your photograph and fingerprints taken.


Last updated: April 2017