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. 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 embassy.

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 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.
 
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 Embassy.
You book an appointment by calling the Migration Office of the Embassy, tel: +7-495-937 92 01 from 10-11 or from 15-16 (Moscow time).The handling officer will check the status your case. All applicants, including children, must come to the booked personal interview. At that time your documents will be controlled, your photo will be taken and a short interview will be performed.
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.
Bring along the originals of the documents you attached to your online application. In its email, the Swedish Migration Agency may also have asked you to bring additional documents with you.
You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.
After the interview, your case is transferred back to the 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.
 
Warning: Avoid people selling services for family reunification
 
The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been informed that there might be individuals falsely representing the Swedish Migration Agency or the Embassy in certain countries. These individuals are claiming that it is possible, e.g. through payment, to obtain an earlier appointment for an interview at the Embassy or that the applicants needs to pay an additional fee for booking an interview at a specific Embassy - sometimes even using letterheads and pretending to be officials. Please note that the Swedish Embassies and Consulates General have nothing to do with any individuals who offer services for payment. All appointments for interviews for family reunification are made through the Embassies and are free of charge. 
Please see Swedish Migration Agency webpage for more information. Please contact the Embassy if you have any information that people are falsely representing Swedish authorities or if you suspect that somebody is trying to sell you services for additional charges (visa.moscow@gov.se).
 
5. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Agency 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.
You can check your application status  by entering your dossier number on the site of the Swedish Migration Agency.
 
6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be issued with a residence permit card.
 
If you need a visa to enter Sweden
Visit the embassy to be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card. You can do so either while waiting for a decision or after you have been granted a residence permit. Bring the passport that you used when applying for a residence permit.
You can find the address of the Embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.
It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the Embassy.
 
Attention!
Starting from 22 September 2014, persons who have been granted residence permits in Sweden will have the possibility to choose how they get the residence permit card:
  • It is possible to pick up the card at the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow from 09.00 to 12.00 from Monday to Friday. You must bring your passport with you.
  • Or it will be possible to get the card delivered straight to the home via VFS (Swedish Visa Center). This service is available for applicants who live in Russia and for applicants who live in larger cities in CIS countries. For more information about this service and the price list, please follow this link.
If you do not need a visa to enter Sweden
If you have been granted a residence permit and do not require a visa, you travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there. Contact the Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph and fingerprints taken.

Applying on a paper form

Embassy of Sweden in Moscow is accepting applications for a residence permit from the citizens of:
  • Russian Federation
  • other countries who are permanently and legally residing in the territory of the Russian Federation
  • Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus.
How to proceed:
  
1. Prepare your 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.
 
2. Pay the application fee
The application fee is to be paid in cash, in RUR, at the time of submission.
Read more under ‘Fees’.
 
3. Present your application at the embassy
If you want to submit your application to the Embassy you can visit the Migration Office at the Embassy of Sweden Monday to Friday between 09-12. You do not need a prior appointment.
Bring along the completed application form together with all your documents.
You can also send the application along with all documents to the Embassy. You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left. An interview will be scheduled once you have applied.
 
4. Visit the embassy
At the embassy, you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed.
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 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.
 
Warning: Avoid people selling services for family reunification
 
The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been informed that there might be individuals falsely representing the Swedish Migration Agency or the Embassy in certain countries. These people are claiming that it is possible, through payment, to obtain an earlier appointment for an interview at the Embassy. Please note that the Swedish Embassies and Consulates General have nothing to do with any individuals who offer services for payment. All appointments for interviews for family reunification are made through the Embassies and are free of charge. 
It is only the Embassies that handle the applications for family reunification. Please contact the Embassy if you have any information that people are falsely representing Swedish authorities or if you suspect that somebody is trying to sell you services for additional charges (visa.moscow@gov.se).
 
5. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Agency’s decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden, if you have authorised him or her to represent you. Bring your passport when collecting the decision. You can check your application status  by entering your dossier number on the site of the Swedish Migration Agency.
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’.
 

This page was updated on 11 July 2017.