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 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.

Document requirements

All documents must be originals and one of each is to be provided. Documents issued by the authorities in your country of origin must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator.

Documents required by all applicants

 You need:

  • Recent coloured picture, 4x6 cm, white background
  • A valid passport and copies of the following pages:
    – passport number
    – personal data
    – extension of validity period
    – entry and exit stamps
  • Copy of visa to Sweden if any
  • Copy of the passport of the reference person 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.

Married couples

If you are married, you need the following:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)
  • Wedding certificate or marriage certificate
  • A document showing that the marriage has been registered in your country of origin (equivalent to a civic registration certificate in Sweden), where possible
  • 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).
  • Copy of divorce document if the applicant or the reference person was divorced

Unmarried couples

If you are not married, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants:
  • Proof of national identity or other document showing that you are not married ('Surat Keterangan Belum Menikah')
  • 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 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.
  • Copy of birth certificate.
  • Written consent of the child’s custodian. If there is only one custodian, a legal document showing that this is the case must be attached to the application.
  • Copy of the parents'marriage certificate
  • Copy of the family card
  • Copy of the parents' divorce document if the parents were divorced

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 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 document showing how you are related (birth certificate, family card etc.)
  • A document showing that you lived together immediately before the relative moved to Sweden