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.
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 general 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.
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 general 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.
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.
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.