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.

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

If you apply on a paper form, you have to bring all the requisite documents to the embassy, together with the completed special application form described below.

Document requirements

In general you have to bring all required documents in original to the Embassy together with copies of these documents. Documents issued by the authorities in your country of origin must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator.

Please ensure that the application form contains contact information to you, preferably an e-mail address but also a telephone number so that the Embassy can get in touch with you if needed.

If you do not speak Farsi, English or Swedish, you should inform the Embassy about which language you speak. The Embassy staff speaks Farsi, English, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish-Sorani and Badinani, you should therefore not bring your own interpreter. We will ensure that you either will be interviwed by someone who speaks your language or that there is an interpreter present

Documents required by all applicants

 You need:

  • A valid passport
  • One photo 
  • Shenasnameh and a translation of this into English and Swedish
  • 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.

Married couples

If you are married, you need the following:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)
  • Wedding certificate or marriage certificate, if this document is not written in English or Swedish the document should be translated
  • A document showing that the marriage has been registered in your country of origin (equivalent to a civic registration certificate in Sweden), where possible and a translation into Swedish or English
  • 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).

Unmarried couples

If you are not married, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants:
  • Proof of national identity or other document showing that you are not married and a translation of this document to Swedish or English
  • 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)
  • Other documents relating to your relationshiop such as letter, photographs.

Children under age

If you have children under 18 years 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.
  • Birth or kinship certificate, if the document is not written in English or Swedish it should be translated
  • Written consent of the child’s custodian. The consent has to be drawn up in accordance with the law in your country of origin. If there is only one custodian, a document showing that this is the case must be attached to the application. These documents should be translated into English or Swedish if they are written in another language

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 are in 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 document showing how you are related,translated into English or Swedish if it is written in another language
  • A document showing that you lived together immediately before the relative moved to Sweden