Applying for a residence permit to move to a close relative in Sweden

If you want to move to Sweden to live with a close relative, you need a residence permit.

Other rules apply if you, or your close relative in Sweden, are citizens of an EU/EEA country (other than Sweden). A close relative may for instance  be a husband or wife or a child (a minor).

As of 20 July 2016,  a temporary act will limit the possibility for close relatives of persons in need of protection with temporary residence permits to immigrate to Sweden. More detailed information about these regulations is available on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency

Moreover , the general rule is that anyone living in Sweden should be able to support themselves and their family members who may be granted residence permits. The maintenance requirement will not apply, under certain conditions, to those who have been granted residence permits in Sweden as persons in need of protection. One important requirement is that close relatives must apply for residence permits within three months of the date on which the person in need of protection was granted a residence permit. 

Applying

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to apply online over the Internet. An online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Agency.

If you are unable  to apply online, please ask your family members in Sweden to fill out the electronic application form, attach copies of documents and pay any application fee.

 Swedish Migration Agency web application

If you are still unable  or do not want to apply online, you can submit an application at the Swedish Consulate in Hong Kong (Note! Only applies to residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).

Where to hand in your application

If you apply for a residence permit online you shall make sure to choose the correct foreign mission abroad to handle your application. If you wish to apply at a foreign mission not in charge of your region, you must contact the foreign mission yourself beforehand, to see if they can handle your application.

If you choose not to apply online, you should hand in your application in person at the foreign mission in charge of your region.

Please check below which foreign mission you shall visit:

Residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan shall apply at the Consulate General of Sweden in Hong Kong.

Residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang shall apply at the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai.

Residents of all other provinces on mainland China shall apply at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing. 

Rules and required documents

Read about the rules, which documents are required and how to apply step by step in the menu on the left.