Required documents

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA and wish to move to a family member in Sweden who is not a citizen of the EU/EEA either, you need the documents below.

Document requirements

If you apply online, you attach the documents electronically. However, you have to present the originals of the documents when you visit the Consulate.

If you apply on a paper form, you have to bring all the requisite documents to the Consulate, together with one completed and signed application form with one newly taken passport photo attached to the application form, one completed and signed family details form, as well as a copy of ALL submitted documents. One original and one copy of all Notary Certificates must be handed with the application.

All documents in Chinese must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator.

Documents required by all applicants

You need:

  • A valid passport signed by the holder
  • Civic registration/family certificate (personbevis), for the person living in Sweden
  • A photocopy of the identity page of the passport for the person living in Sweden
  • If you are not applying online, you need the form Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, form no. 161011, and the form Family details, no. 239011. See heading below for information about children.
  • For Chinese citizens: a Notary Certificate of your Household Register “hukou”. You should have an updated civil status (i.e. if you are married/divorced/single/widowed) in your “hukou”.

Married couples

If you are married, you need the following:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)
  • Wedding certificate or marriage certificate, notarized by your local Notary Office
  • A document showing that the marriage has been registered in your country of origin (equivalent to a civic registration certificate in Sweden), where possible
  • Proof of national registration, a rental contract or proof of sale for your joint residence, or other document that shows you have lived together (applies to persons who have lived in a country other than Sweden), notarized by your local Notary Office.

Unmarried couples

If you are not married, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants:
  • A document showing that you are not married, notarized by your local Notary Office
  • Proof of national registration, a rental contract or proof of sale for your joint residence, or other document that shows you have lived together (applies to persons who have lived in a country other than Sweden), notarized by your local Notary Office

Children under age

If you have children under the age of 18 accompanying you to Sweden you can apply for a residence permit for them in your online application.

Children under age need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above).
  • If you are not applying online or if the child is applying alone, form no. 163011, Application for a residence permit for a child under the age of 18 to settle in Sweden, and form no. 239011, Family details. All forms must be signed by the custodian of the child.
  • Birth or kinship certificate and Notary Certificate thereof.
  • Written consent of the child’s custodian. If there is only one custodian, a document showing that this is the case must be attached to the application.
  • Proof of custody of the child or divorce certificate and Notary Certificate thereof.
  • If the custodian cannot bring the child to submit the application at the Consulate, cannot bring the child to the interview or cannot bring the child to collect the permit card, a power of attorney must be given by the custodian to the person bringing the child to the Consulate. It must be handed in original when visiting the Consulate.

Other close relatives

Other close relatives are members of your family other than your husband/wife/common law spouse, a minor or the parent of a minor.

If you belong to this category, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)
  • A document certifying that you and your relative are dependent on each other and have difficulty living apart, e.g. for social, emotional or financial reasons
  • A kinship certificate, notarized by your local Notary Office
  • A document showing that you lived together immediately before the relative moved to Sweden
  • Other documents showing that you are dependent on your family member or relative in Sweden

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