If you are an EU citizen and wish to move to a family member who lives in Sweden

If you are an EU citizen but don't have right of residence, you can apply for a residence permit if your family member is residing in Sweden and you wish to live together here. You can apply from Sweden.

If you have right of residence you do not need to contact the Migration Agency

If you work, study or have sufficient means to support yourself, you automatically have right of residence in Sweden and therefore need not apply for a residence permit or contact the Swedish Migration Agency. If you are a family member of an EU citizen who has right of residence, you, too, have right of residence. After five years you can receive permanent right of residence.

Learn more under EU citizens who work, study or live in Sweden

To register yourself in the Swedish population register and obtain a Swedish personal identity number, you need to contact the Swedish Tax Agencyexternal link, opens in new window

If you want to apply for a residence permit, your family member in Sweden must be your

  • spouse, common-law spouse or registered partner
  • future spouse, common-law spouse
  • children under 18.

Other close relatives

In exceptional cases, you may obtain a residence permit based on family ties to other close relatives with whom you have lived in your country of origin. This category covers, for example, if you are over the age of 18 and your parents are resident in Sweden.

You must be able to prove that you were living together just before your relative moved to Sweden and that you were socially or emotionally dependent on each other such that it is difficult for you to live apart.

The application must be submitted as soon as possible after your relative moved to Sweden. It is normally not possible to obtain a residence permit if you apply long after your relative moved to Sweden, or if you become dependent on each other after the move.

How to apply

You may apply online. In the application, you fill out information about yourself and the person you are joining. If you have children under the age of 18 who have or will come with you to Sweden you can apply for residence permits for them at the same time.

The application is free of charge for all EU citizens.

You must enclose

  • copies of the pages in your passport or national ID card, showing your citizenship and period of validity. You should copy both sides of the ID card
  • a copy of a marriage certificate or the equivalent if you are married
  • proof of national registration, a lease or proof of purchase for your residence, or another document showing that you have shared a home if you are common-law spouses
  • copies of birth certificates of accompanying children showing the names of the parents
  • consent from the child's other guardian if they are not coming to Sweden or proof of sole custody. This can for example be a court decision, or a death certificate if the other parent is deceased. Applies to children under 18.

Other close relatives must also enclose

  • documents showing how you are related to each other
  • documents showing that you were living together up until your family member moved to Sweden, if you have such a document.

If your passport or national ID card is about to expire you should have it renewed, since a permit cannot be obtained for longer than the passport's or ID card's period of validity.

Learn more about the requirements for an online application

Shorter processing times for complete applications

For the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision about your application, all the details need to be filled in and all necessary documents attached. This means that the processing time will be shorter if all the necessary information is included from the start than if information is added afterwards.

Keep in mind that the Swedish Migration Agency might have to investigate the application further even if all the information and documents that we asked for are submitted.

Once we have received the application

If you receive a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and your fingerprints. You must go to the Swedish Migration Agency as soon as possible to have your picture and fingerprints taken. Because photos and fingerprints are not saved, you must go through the process again even if you have had a residence card before. Before visiting the Swedish Migration Agency you must book an appointment.

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Book an appointment before you visit the Swedish Migration Agency

After the decision has been made

The decision will be sent to your address in Sweden. If you are granted a residence permit you will receive your residence permit card in the mail within a week.  If you have not already had your picture and fingerprints taken you must visit the Migrations Agency office before you can receive a residence permit card.

The residence permit card will be produced at the time the decision is made, but no earlier than three months before the residence permit becomes valid.

We cannot speed up the production or delivery of the card.

If you have lived in your country of origin for at least two years together with your family member you will normally receive a permanent residence permit. If you have not already lived together for two years, a two-year temporary residence permit is generally issued.

Children who apply together with one of their parents usually receive a permit for the same period as the parent. The same applies for you who applies for a permit to live with a relative in Sweden who does not have a permanent residence permit.

If you plan to continue living together in Sweden after the permit expires, you must apply for an extension of your residence permit.

If you do not apply online

If you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the forms Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, number 161011, and Family detail, number 239011. Children under the age of 18 must use the form Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, number 163011.

Send your application to The Swedish Migration Agency, Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.

Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, form number 161011PDF

Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, form number 163011PDF

Family details – Appendix to your application, form number 239011PDF

Information for persons arriving in Sweden with a residence permit

Do not forget to save your residence permit decision. It will be useful when contacting various national authorities and organisations.

To register as living in Sweden and obtain a Swedish personal identity number, contact the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket.external link, opens in new window

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For questions about learning Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), contact the municipality you live in. See also the website of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.external link, opens in new window

If you are looking for a job you can register with the Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.external link, opens in new window

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Last updated: 6 November 2015