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. You can find answers to the most common questions in the document on the right.

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.

Read more about the law limiting the possibilities of being granted a residence permit in Sweden

Swedish Migration Agency's website.

Applying

The easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to apply online. 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 online application

If you are still unable or do not want to apply online, you can submit an application at the Swedish Embassy. You need to book an appointment first by sending an email to embassy.nairobi-visa@gov.se.

Check the status of your application

You can check the status of your application on the Swedish Migration Agency website. You can check the following: student permit, work permit, residence permit, residence  card, passport, Swedish citizenship and asylum applications.

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.

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 (Ambassaden.nairobi@gov.se).”