Residence Permit Based on Family or Personal Connection
If you are a citizen of a country which is not a member of the European Union (EU) and wish to move to Sweden to live with a Swedish resident, you must have a residence permit granted before you enter Sweden.
An application for a residence permit can be filed online, or at the closest Consulate of Sweden (in person), or at the Embassy of Sweden in Ottawa (in person). For faster processing, please apply online. For information about the application process, including application forms, please visit the Swedish Migration Agency.
The residence permit will be in form of a residence permit card. The card will include biometric information such as photo, fingerprints and electronic signature.
Canadian citizens (and other nationalities not requiring an entry visa to Sweden) should submit the biometrics at one of the Migration Board Offices upon arrival in Sweden.
Nationalities requiring an entry visa should submit biometrics at the Embassy of Sweden in Ottawa. This can be done at the time of application or at any time during the permit processing time.
The application fee is payable at the time of application and is non-refundable. See Fee list.