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 original documents when you visit the embassy.

If you submit a paper application, you have to send all the required documents to the Embassy.

Document requirements

Please note that the application must be submitted in two complete sets. Documents issued by the authorities in your country of origin must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. All documents must be notarized. Submitted documents will not be returned.

Documents required by all applicants

 You need:

  • A valid passport
  • Civic registration/family certificate (personbevis), for the person living in Sweden
  • If not U.S. Citizen, a notarized copy of U.S. Alien Reg. Card or other valid resident visa.
  • 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
  • A document showing that the marriage has been registered in your country of origin (equivalent to a civic registration certificate in Sweden), where possible
  • A rental contract or proof of ownership of 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
  • A document showing that you are not married, where possible. E.g. vital records or 'record of no record'
  • A rental contract or proof of ownership of your joint residence, or other document that shows you have lived together (applies to persons who have lived in a country other than Sweden)

Children under age

If you have children under 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, needs to be submitted as a paper application
  • Birth certificate.
  • 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.

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
  • A document showing that you lived together immediately before the relative moved to Sweden

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