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 Board 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 embassy.

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

You make an appointment by either sending an e-mail to the Embassy, ambassaden-tidsbokning.teheran@gov.se or by calling us. If you choose to call us the telephone hours are Sunday to Wednesday 14.00-16.00 on nr +98 21 2371 2200. We encourage you to write name, birth date and also control number for the person that the Embassy should interview. Please also inform us which language you speak (if it is not Farsi). You should not bring your own interpreter to the Embassy.

At the embassy, you have to prove your identity by showing your passport, and you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the child's care-taker will instead be interviewed.
Bring along the originals of the documents you attached to your online application. In its email, the Swedish Migration Board 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 embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.
After the interview, your case is transferred back to the Migration Board in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the embassy, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Board, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
When the Swedish Migration Board has reached 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. Otherwise you should contact the Embassy to be informed about the decision.

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 embassy between 8.00 and 13.00 Sunday to Wednesday. Bring your passport.

It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be made and delivered to the embassy. Once the card has arrived here, you can collect your card at the Embassy without making an appointment by submitting your passport to the Embassy between 8.00 and 12.00 Sunday to Wednesday. You can pick up your card between 14.00 and 16.00 the same day. You must bring your passport with you. If you want to know whether your card has reached the embassy, you can contact us by sending us an e-mail to ambassaden.teheran-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 Board to have your photograph and fingerprints taken.


APPLYING ON A PAPER FORM


If you choose paper application you have to make an appointment at the Embassy before you submit your application.
You make an appointment by either sending an e-mail to the Embassy, ambassaden-tidsbokning.teheran@gov.se or by calling us. If you choose to call us the telephone hours are Sunday to Wednesday 14.00-16.00 on nr +98 21 2371 2200. We encourage you to write name, birth date and also control number for the person that the Embassy should interview. Please also inform us which language you speak (if it is not Farsi). You should not bring your own interpreter to the Embassy.

How to proceed:

1. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Board 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 Board website.

2. Pay the application fee
The application fee should be paid to the Embassy's bank account in Pasargard bank before the application is submitted. You should then submit the bank receipt together with the application.

Read more under ‘Fees’.

3. Present your application at the embassy
Bring along the completed application form together with all your documents and the bank receipt showing that you paid the application fee. Please ensure that you have included your telephone number and e-mail address in the application form so the Embassy can contact you to book an interview.

You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left and the telephone number at the bottom of this page.

4. Visit the Embassy
At the embassy, you will be interviewed. Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the child's car-taker is interviewed instead. You should inform the Embassy if you do not speak Farsi. The Embassy will then ensure that either a person speaking your language will conduct the interview or that there is an interpreter present. You should not bring your own interpreter.

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 Board in Sweden. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the embassy, your case is nevertheless sent to the Swedish Migration Board, and your application may be rejected.

5. Wait for the decision
The Swedish Migration Board’s decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden, if you have authorised him or her to represent you. Otherwise you should contact the Embassy for information about your decision.

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’.