Basic facts

If you wish to move to Sweden to live with a close relative, you need a residence permit. It must be ready before you enter Sweden. Other rules apply to citizens of an EU/EEA country other than Sweden.

Close relatives are defined as:

  • Anyone who is, or is to become, a husband/wife, registered partner or common-law spouse (cohabitee)
  • Children under 18 and their parents.

Other relatives may only be granted a residence permit in exceptional cases.

It is the Swedish Migration Agency that considers your right to a residence permit. For a full description of what rules apply, please check the Swedish Migration Agency´s website.

Swedish Migration Agency´s website

You will be informed of the decision in your case by your relative in Sweden, if you have authorised him/her to represent you by giving him/her a power of attorney. You will have the option to sign a power of attorney when you come for an interview. Otherwise you will be informed of the decision by the Consulate.

Residence permit card

If you are granted a residence permit, you will receive a residence permit card. This card is proof that you have a residence permit. Read more under ‘How to apply’ to find out how you arrange for the card.
 

EU/EEA citizens

Briefly, the following applies if you wish to move to Sweden to live with a relative, if you and/or your relative are citizens of the EU/EEA and if you intend to stay for longer than three months. It is important to note that Swedish citizens are not normally counted as EU citizens in this connection.

  • If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you register your right of residence with the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden. If your relative is not an EU/EEA citizen, you yourself may need a residence permit, and you apply for one from the Swedish Migration Agency after your arrival.
  • If you are not an EU/EEA citizen but your relative is (although not a Swedish citizen), it may be enough simply to apply for a residence permit card from the Swedish Migration Agency. However, check who is counted as a relative in this connection. If you need a visa, you must have applied for one at the Consulate before coming to Sweden. An application for a residence permit card, too, may be submitted to the Consulate.

Read more about the rules for EU/EEA citizens and about who is counted as a family member on the Swedish Migration Agency´s website.

Swedish Migration Agency´s website

 

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