Residence permits for visiting Swiss citizens

If you are a Swiss citizen, you may move to Sweden to work, study, start your own business or, for example, live on a pension from your country of origin. If you wish to stay for longer than three months, you will need a residence permit.

On your entry to Sweden, you will require a valid passport.

You may begin working or studying as soon as you arrive in Sweden. You do not need to wait for your application to be processed. However, you must register for taxes and contributions with the Swedish Tax Agency, and you may need to register your business with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, before you start running your own business. If you are a student, you may work as well as study without having to apply for a specific work permit.

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How to apply

You fill in the form Application for residence permit for citizens of Switzerland and their family members, number 146011, and send this or hand it in to one of the Swedish Migration Agency's permit units.

It is free of charge for Swiss citizens to apply for a residence permit.

Application for residence permit for citizens of Switzerland and their family members, form number 146011PDF

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Postal addresses to the Migration Agency's Permit Units

Enclose the following documents with your application

When you apply, you should enclose copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.

If you are an employee, you must also enclose

  • a certificate of employment from your employer.

Read more about which details the certificate of employment should include

Anställningsintyg för medborgare i en EU/EES-stat och personer med status som varaktigt bosatta i en annan EU-statPDF (Certificate of employment. To be filled in by the employer in Sweden. In Swedish only)

If you have your own business, you must also enclose

  • F-tax card and certificate of registration from the Swedish Companies Registration Office
  • the most recent VAT report
  • evidence that you run the business, for example, customer invoices, receipts for materials that you have purchased and rental contracts for the business' premises.

If you have bought a business in Sweden, you must also enclose:

  • the transfer agreement
  • the most recent annual report.

If you are a student, you must enclose

  • certificate of admission to a course which is at upper-secondary school level (gymnasium) or higher. Please note that you cannot be granted a residence permit to study Swedish for Immigrants (SFI)
  • certificate that you have comprehensive medical insurance which is valid during the time you are in Sweden
  • an assurance that you have enough money to support yourself.

If you have sufficient means you must include

  • documents which show how you support yourself (for example, pension statements, bank statements showing your assets)
  • certificate that you have comprehensive medical insurance which is valid during the time you are in Sweden.

If you are a provider or recipient of services
You should send a certificate, contract or something similar showing what sort of services these are and how long you will offer or be in receipt of these. The document should be written and signed by whoever is in receipt of or offers these services.

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.

Note that the Migration Agency may in some cases need to further examine your application even if you have included all the required information and documents.

When we have received your application

If you are granted a permit for more than three months you will receive a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains, amongst other things, a photograph of you and your fingerprints. You will, therefore, need to book an appointment to be photographed and fingerprinted as soon as possible after you have submitted your application. You need to do this, even if you have previously had a residence permit card. This is because the Swedish Migration Agency does not save your photograph or fingerprints.

Read more about the residence permit card

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Book an appointment before you visit the Swedish Migration Agency

After the decision has been made

When a decision has been made, it will be sent to your address in Sweden. If you are an employee, self-employed or have sufficient assets to support yourself, you may be granted a permit for up to five years. If you are a student, you may be granted a permit covering the length of your studies, but for a maximum of one year at a time. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your home within about a week.

If you would like to continue living in Sweden after your permit has expired, you should submit an application to extend your permit.

Read more about extending your permit

Permits for your family

Your family may be granted residence permits for the same period as you. The following are considered family:

  • your partner (common law spouse, spouse or registered partner)
  • your, or your partner's, unmarried children under the age of 21
  • your, or your partner's, children over the age of 21 if they are dependant on you for support
  • your, or your partner's, parents if they are financially dependant on you.

Your family may begin working or studying as soon as they arrive in Sweden. They do not need to wait for your application to be processed. Those who are students may work as well as study without having to apply for a special work permit.

How your family applies

Each family member, even children, fills in the form Application for residence permit for citizens of Switzerland and their family members, number 146011, and send this or hand it in to one of the Swedish Migration Agency's permit units within three months of their arrival.

Application for residence permit for citizens of Switzerland and their family members, form number 146011PDF

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Postal addresses to the Migration Agency's Permit Units

Your family need to enclose

  • copies of the pages in their passports which show their personal data, the periods of validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin.
  • copies of marriage certificates or the equivalent (valid for married couples or registered partners)
  • documents which show that you have lived together in your country of origin (valid for common law spouses)
  • birth certificates for children
  • consent from the other custodial parent, if they are not also coming to Sweden.
  • documents which show that those over the age of 21 are dependant on their parents or children in Sweden for their support.

Extending your permit

If you would like to continue living in Sweden after your permit has expired, you should submit an application for an extension of your residence permit. It is important that you submit your application before your current permit expires.

How to apply

You fill in the form Application for residence permit for citizens of Switzerland and their family members, number 146011, and send this or hand it in to one of the Swedish Migration Agency's permit units. Apply 30 days before your current permit expires. Each family member, even children, must submit their own application.

Application for residence permit for citizens of Switzerland and their family members, form number 146011PDF

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Postal addresses to the Migration Agency's Permit Units

Enclose

  • copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal data, the period of validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.
  • documents which show that you are an employee, student or self-employed, that you have sufficient assets to support yourself or that you are a provider or recipient of services. More information on which documents you should send can be found on the application form.

When we have received your application

If you have submitted an application for an extension, you have the right to continue to live in Sweden until the Swedish Migration Agency have made their decision.

If you are granted a permit for more than three months you will receive a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains, amongst other things, a photograph of you and your fingerprints. You should, therefore, book an appointment to be photographed and fingerprinted as soon as possible. You need to do this, even if you have previously had a residence permit card. This is because the Swedish Migration Agency does not save your photograph or fingerprints.

Read more about the residence permit card

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Book an appointment before you visit the Swedish Migration Agency

After five years in Sweden

If you have had a residence permit for five years and wish to continue living in Sweden, you can apply for the long-term resident status in Sweden. You must have lived in Sweden continuously for five years and can prove that you have supported yourself and your family. In conjunction with the decision regarding long-term resident status, you will also be granted a permanent residence permit. If you meet the conditions for long-term resident status, your family can also be granted a long-term resident status. Please note that all family members must have had a residence permit for five years.

Read more under Long-term resident in Sweden

After the decision has been made

The decision will be sent to your address in Sweden. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your home within about a week.

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application, you may appeal the decision within three weeks of the day you received it. Information on how to do this can be found in the decision.

Last updated: 3 May 2016