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 Consulate.

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.

Swedish Migration Agency´s web application

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 Consulate

Wait for the email you receive asking you to make an appointment at the Consulate. Only then will the Swedish Migration Agency have gone through both your application and your family member’s replies and have transferred your case to the Consulate.

At the Consulate, you have to prove your identity by showing your passport, and you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are usually also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the person looking after the child is interviewed instead.

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 may need to be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card you will receive if you are granted a residence permit. This also applies to children.

You can find the address of the Consulate 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 Consulate, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Agency, and your application may be refused.

5. Wait for the decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency hasreached 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.

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

If you need a visa to enter Sweden, the card is ordered automatically if you have already been photographed and fingerprinted. If you have not been photographed and fingerprinted, you should visit the Consulate during the opening hours Monday to Friday 9.00-11.00. Bring your passport.

It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be made and delivered to the Consulate. Once the card has arrived here, you can collect it without making an appointment Monday to Friday 9.00-11.00. You must bring your passport with you. If you want to know whether your card has reached the Consulate, you can contact us by email: generalkonsulat.shanghai-visum@gov.se.

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

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

If you hand in your application at the Consulate you should pay the application fee upon your visit to the Consulate. The Consulate accepts payment by cash or credit card. Read more under ‘Fees’.

3. Present your application at the Consulate

Bring along the completed application form together with all your documents. You are welcome to submit your application at the Consulate Monday to Friday 9.00-11.00. You do not need to book an appointment.

You can find the address of the Consulate under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

4. Visit the Consulate
When you hand in the application to the Consulate you will be scheduled for an interview.  Children applying for a residence permit are usually also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the person looking after the child is interviewed instead.

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 Consulate, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Agency, and your application may be refused.

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.

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’.

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