How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to apply online. You can also submit an application via mail or in person at the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco. 

The following information applies to citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA who are applying for a residence permit to live with a family member in Sweden who is a Swedish citizen or citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA. 

 

Applying online

1. Prepare your documents
Make sure you have all documents and all the information that is required readily available. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to complete applications.

You can find detailed information under ‘Required documents’.

2. Applying
Follow the Swedish Migration Agency's instructions on how to apply online. You will need to scan and attach all documents electronically and pay the application fee with a VISA card or a MasterCard.

Online application

3. Your family member has to answer questions
Once you have submitted your application, your family member will automatically receive an email with instructions to fill out a questionnaire online. He or she will have to complete and return the questionnaire within two weeks.

4. Visit the Embassy or Consulate
You will receive an email with instructions to contact an Embassy or Consulate to set up an appointment for an interview. You cannot set up an interview until you have received an email prompting you to do so. You can set up an interview with the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco by sending an email to sf@consulateofsweden.org or calling (415) 788-2631.

You will need to bring your passport and any original documents that you submitted with your online application to the interview. You may also be requested to bring additional documents to the interview.

It is usually required for a minor applicant (children under 18) to be interviewed as well. However, if the child is deemed to young or immature, a legal guardian may be interviewed in his or her place. 

Your application will be transferred to the Migration Agency in Sweden for further processing after the interview has been completed. Applicants who do not attend an interview will also have their application forwarded to the Swedish Migration Agency for further processing. If you fail to visit a Consulate or an Embassy for an interview your application may be denied. 

5. Wait for the decision
When a decision has been made by the Swedish Migration Agency, you will be informed of this via email. The actual decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden if you have authorized him or her to represent you.  Otherwise you can contact the Embassy and request to have the decision sent to you via email. For contact details and phone hours, please visit the Embassy contact page.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be need to apply for a residence permit card.

You can find further information on how to apply for a residence permit card under 'basic information'. 

 

Applying on a paper form

1. Prepare your documentation
Make sure you have all the required forms and documents. If you plan to send your application via mail, remember to make notarized copies of all original documents such as your passport. 

You can find detailed information under ‘Required documents’.

2. Pay the application fee
The application fee should be paid in the form of one money order or certified bank check, payable to the Consulate General of Sweden. 

Read more under ‘Fees

3. Submit your application to the Consulate
Submit your complete application by mail or in person to the Swedish Consulate in San Francisco. The Consulate will contact you to set up an interview. 

4. Visit the Consulate
Interviews will be conducted at the Embassy or a Consulate of your choice. 

You will need to bring your passport to the interview. You may also be requested to bring additional documents to the interview.

It is usually required for a minor applicant (children under 18) to be interviewed as well. However, if the child is deemed to young or immature, a legal guardian may be interviewed in his or her place. 

Your application will be transferred to the Migration Agency in Sweden for further processing after the interview has been completed. Applicants who do not attend an interview will also have their application forwarded to the Swedish Migration Agency for further processing. If you fail to visit a Consulate or the Embassy for an interview your application may be denied. 

5. Wait for the decision
If you have authorized a family member in Sweden to represent you, the Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision to him or her.  Otherwise you can call the Embassy and request to have the decision sent to you by email. For contact details and phone hours, please visit the Embassy contact page.

6. Wait for the residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will be need to apply for a residence permit card.

You can find further information on how to apply for a residence permit card under 'basic information'.