Permits for family members of someone who is working

If you obtain a permit to work in Sweden, residence permits can be granted to members of your family for the same period of time.  If you receive a permit for at least six months, members of your family can also obtain work permits.

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Which members of your family can accompany you to Sweden?

  • your spouse, common-law spouse, or registered partner
  • unmarried children of you or your partner who are under 21.

Unmarried children age 21 or older can obtain a permit under certain circumstances. They must be financially dependent on you or your partner.

How a member of your family is to apply

If members of your family plan to accompany you to Sweden, you can include them in your online application.

If they apply after you, each of them must fill out Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, No 133011, and turn it in to the Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country where they are living. Contact the embassy or consulate generalexternal link, opens in new window before they hand in their application.

The following documents must be enclosed with the application:

  • copies of the pages of their passport that show personal data, period of validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin
  • a copy of a marriage certificate or the equivalent if they are married or have a registered partner
  • a document proving that you lived together in your country of origin if you are common-law spouses
  • birth certificates for children
  • consent from the child's other guardian if they are not coming to Sweden
  • a document proving that a child over 21 is financially dependent on one of their parents
  • a brief letter by you confirming that you and the member of your family will be living together in Sweden (if the two of you do not apply at the same time).

Make sure that your family members extend their passports if they are about to expire — they cannot obtain a permit for longer than their passports' period of validity.

Faster decision if complete information has been submitted

The Migration Board first processes applications that have been filled out completely and for which all necessary documents have been submitted. In other words, a faster decision will be made if everything we need is sent at the beginning than if information is added afterwards.

Keep in mind that the Migration Board 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 a member of your family obtains a permit for more than three months, they will also receive a residence permit card.If they need a visa for travel to Sweden, they must go to the embassy or consulate general to have their picture and fingerprints taken so that their card can be made. Contact the embassy or consulate generalexternal link, opens in new window before their visit.

A person who can travel to Sweden without a visa should be photographed and fingerprinted at the Migration Board after they have arrived in Sweden.

After the decision has been made

The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate general. The member of your family must take their passport along when picking up the decision. The Swedish embassy or consulate general will hand over or send their card to them as soon as it is ready. Don't forget that it might take up to four weeks to make and send the card to the embassy or consulate general after they receive their decision. The residence permit card must be shown along with a valid passport when entering Sweden.

If your family can travel to Sweden without a visa, they should be able to show a copy of the decision when they arrive in Sweden. As soon as possible after they have arrived in Sweden, they should visit the Migration Board to provide fingerprints and be photographed. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to the address in Sweden.

Important information about insurance

Your family member will not be registered in Sweden, which means that they will not be eligible for social benefits if they receive a permit for less than one year. It is important for them to have an insurance policy that will cover any costs that may arise in connection with illness, injury, etc.

Power of attorney

A member of your family can give you a power of attorney at any time during the application process. If you have a power of attorney, the Migration Board's decision will be sent to your home address and you will be responsible for notifying the member of your family. Otherwise the embassy or consulate general will notify them.

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney can be a signed letter stating that the person applying for a permit is authorising another person to represent him or her. A power of attorney can, for example, give somebody the right to make an application, see the reasons for a decision or to appeal a decision on behalf of another person. The power of attorney must be signed by the person who is authorising another person. The original must be able to be shown upon request from the Migration Board.

To be counted as a power of attorney, it needs to show:

  • that it is a power of attorney
  • the name, date of birth and address of the person who is authorising another person
  • what the authorised person has the right to do
  • the name, personal identity number and address of the authorised person
  • the signature of the person who is authorising another person.

If the Migration Board refuses the application

A decision concerning a residence permit can be appealed against within three weeks. The period begins as of the date that the applicant or person with a power of attorney receives the decision.

Last updated: 11 February 2014