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.


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.

Children of someone who has previously requested asylum and is applying for a work permit without leaving Sweden must not be older than 18 if they are to obtain a residence permit as a family member. Read more about work permits for those who have been asylum seekers in Sweden.

How your family members can apply

If you apply online and your family members will accompany you to Sweden, you can include them in your own application online.

If they apply after you have applied, each family member must complete the form Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, no. 133011, and submit it to the Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country in which they live. Before you submit your application you should contact the embassy or consulate-general.

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The following must be included with your family members' applications

  • copies of the pages in their passports which show their personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin
  • copies of marriage certificates or the equivalent (applies to married couples or registered partners)
  • documents showing that you have lived together in your country of origin (applies to common-law spouses)
  • birth certificates for children
  • consent from the other custodial parent, if they are not also coming to Sweden, stating that the child is allowed to move to Sweden
  • documents showing that children above the age of 21 are financially dependent on their parents
  • a short letter written by you, which indicates that you and your family members will live together in Sweden although you have not applied together.

The documents should be translated to Swedish or English by an authorised translator. Copies of original documents should always be included.

If your family members' passports are about to expire they should be renewed as permits cannot be obtained for longer than the validity of the passports. To be registered in the Swedish population register, you need to have a permit for at least one year and stay in Sweden for at least one year.

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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 your family members obtain 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 should visit the Swedish embassy or consulate general as soon as possible to be photographed and fingerprinted. Contact an embassy or consulate general prior to their visit. Contact them primarily through email.

Individuals who do not require a visa for travel to Sweden will be fingerprinted and photographed at the Swedish Migration Board upon arrival in Sweden. However, they must request that their permit be issued before they travel to Sweden.

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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.

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 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.

Book an appointment at the Migration Board to be fingerprinted and photographed if your family can travel without residence permit cards

Important information about insurance

Your family member will not be registered in the Swedish population registry, 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

If the Migration Board refuses your family's application, they 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 February 2015