Residence permit due to family ties

If you wish to move to Sweden to live with a close relative who is already living there, you must apply for a residence permit. The following individuals are classified as close relatives: your wife, husband, registered partner or common-law spouse a person whom you plan to marry or cohabit with, your parents and your children. Most permits must be completed before emigration to Sweden.

How to apply

The application can be submitted to the Consulate or to the Migration Board online. The first option is strongly recommended since it will shorten the handling time. After the electronic application is made the Swedish Migration Board will contact you and you will be able to book an appointment for interview at the Consulate. You can find more information regarding how to apply online under Online Application Service (http://www.migrationsverket.se/).

Please check the information on the Migration Board´s website of who can apply online.

If you are not using the online application service you must apply for a residence permit at a Swedish mission abroad (Embassy or Consulate General) in your country of origin, or where you are residing legally. You must submit your application yourself; your family member cannot submit the application in Sweden.

Please note that you may not stay in Sweden while the Migration Board is processing your application. This applies regardless of if you have submitted your application online or in person.

To hand in an offline application please use application forms to the right. You are welcome to submit your application at the Consulate Monday-Friday 9.00-11.00. You do not need to book an appointment. If you apply offline an appointment for an interview will be booked in connection to when you hand in the application.

If you are wife/husband/registered partner/common-law spouse or if you are planning to cohabit or marry the person in Sweden you are required to enclose the following documents with your application: Note! All documents must be submitted in original and a copy of the original document

  • One fully completed and signed application form (Form No 161011) if you are applying offline. If you submit your application electronically, please print and sign your application and bring it for the interview.

  • One fully completed and signed Family details form (Form No 239011).

  • One copy of the identity page of your passport. Note! The passport should be valid at least two years.

  • Original Hukou and a Notary Certificate thereof.

  • If you are married: Notary Certificate of marriage.

  • If you are not married: Notary Certificate of your marital status.

  • One copy of your partner's passport (including valid residence permit if he/she is not a Swedish citizen).

  • One copy of your partner's civic registration certificate (personbevis).

  • You may as well submit a power of attorney (see PDF-files to the right).

If you are under 18 years of age, unmarried and your parents are residents in Sweden you are required to enclose the following documents with your application: Note! All documents must be submitted in original and a copy of the original document.

  • One completed application form (Form No 163011) if you are applying offline. If you submit your application electronically, please print and sign one copy of your application and bring it for the interview.

  • One fully completed and signed Family details forms (Form No 239011).

  • One copy of the identity page of your passport. Note! The passport should be valid at least two years.

  • Original Hukou and a Notary Certificate thereof.

  • Birth certificate and a Notary Certificate thereof.

  • Certificate of which person that has custody. If custody is shared with other parent, the other parent shall in front of Notarius Publicus make a written statement where he/she declares that she has no objections to the child moving to Sweden - the original statement and a copy should be enclosed to the application.

  • One copy of the parent's passport (including valid residence permit).

  • One copy of your parent's civic registration certificates (personbevis). It is important that the child is registered in the certificate called "familjebevis".

If you are a parent or some other relative of a person who is now resident in Sweden

In exceptional cases, you may obtain a residence permit if you have lived outside of Sweden with your relative whom you now wish to be re-united with. This category covers, for example, unmarried children over the age of 18 and the parents of the person resident in Sweden. Besides having lived together in the same household immideately before your family member moved to Sweden, you must also be exceptionally dependent on each other. Your dependence must have existed already in your country of origin, and it must be of a nature which goes beyond that which is to expected among family members, one which makes it difficult for the two of you to live apart.  

If you are a parent or some other relative of a person who is now resident in Sweden you are required to enclose the following to your application: Note! All documents must be submitted in original and a copy of the original document

  • One completed application form (Form No 161011) if you are applying offline. If you submit your application electronically, please print and sign one copy of your application and bring it for the interview.

  • One fully completed and signed Family details form (Form No 239011).

  • One copy of the identity page of your passport. Note! The passport should be valid at least two years.

  • Original Hukou and a Notary Certificate thereof.

  • Notary Certificate of kinship.

  • One copy of passport of relative in Sweden (including valid residence permit if not a Swedish citizen).

  • One copy of the civic registration certificate (personbevis) of the related person.

  • Other documents that show that you are dependent on your family member/relative in Sweden.

  • You may submit a power of attorney (see PDF-files to the right).

Who decides my case?

It is the Swedish Migration Board who will handle your application and make the decision. If you apply offline the Consulate will forward the application to the Swedish Migration Board.

You will have to visit the Consulate for an interview after your application is handed in. If you are applying online you will be able to book an appointment by yourself as soon as the Swedish Migration Board has contacted you. If you apply offline, the appointment for the interview will be booked in connection to when you hand in the application.

If you will be granted a residence permit you will receive a residence permit card. The card will contain biometric data (photograph, signature and two fingerprints) and is a proof of your residence permit. When you enter Sweden, you must therefore show your residence permit card along with a valid passport.

How long will I have to wait for a decision?

For information regarding processing time we kindly refer to the Swedish Migration Board's webpage: http://www.migrationsverket.se/

Who can use the electronic application system?

You will find information about this on the Migration Board´s website.

 

Note!
For information about application fees, please browse the list of > expedition fees.

Make sure you fill in all the particulars in the application forms. You should also ensure that you leave the correct address to your relative(s) in Sweden.

Spouses of EU/EEA nationals (except Swedish) have another procedure of applying. Please check the information on the Migration Board´s website.

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