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 Board 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 consulate.

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 (for applications on paper forms, see further down):

1. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data you require. The Swedish Migration Board 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 Board’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 Board 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 consulate. Only then will the Swedish Migration Board have gone through both your application and your family member’s replies and have transferred your case to the consulate. You make an appointment by contacting the consulate by email or telephone. See contact in the menu to the left.

Imortant! The Swedish Consulate in Hong Kong will only perform interviews with residents within its assigned area. This includes Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan.
Residents in South China are to contact the embassy in Beijing.
Residents of The Philippines are to contact the embassy in Bangkok.

At the consulate, 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. In its email, the Swedish Migration Board may also have asked you to bring additional documents with you. You may need to be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card that you will receive if you are granted a residence permit. This also applies to children.

You can find the address of the consulate under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

After the interview, your case is transferred back to the Migration Board in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the consulate, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Board, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Board 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, or directly to you.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be issued with a residence permit card. You will be informed by the consulate when the card has arrived and will need to pick it up in person. Bring your passport to identify yourself.

Residence permit cards for residents of Taiwan will be sent by courier to our representative office in Taipei and delivered against payment of the courier fee.

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 consulate. Make an appointment and bring your passport.

It can take several weeks for the residence permit card to be made and delivered to the consulate. Once the card has arrived here, you will be informed and may pick it up (in person) without making an appointment Monday-Friday 09:00-12:00. You must bring your passport with you. 


Applying on a paper form

How to proceed:

1. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Board 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 Board website.

2. Pay the application fee
The Fee is paid at the same time as you hand in your application at the consulate. See more under 'Fees'in the menu to the left.

3. Present your application at the consulate
Call or email the consuate to book a time to present your application. The consulate receives applications Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 09:00-12:00. Bring along the completed application form together with all your documents and the fee.

You can find the address of the consulate under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

4. Visit the consulate
You will receive a message that you should book a time for an interview at the consulate. See the contact information to the left. 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 may 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 Board in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the consulate, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Board, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Board’s decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden, if you have authorised him or her to represent you. Otherwise you will be informed of the decision by the consulate. 

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’.