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 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. Contact the embassy or consulate general before you submit your application for further information.
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 more than one year.
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 your visit.
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.
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.
Book an appointment at the Migration Board to be fingerprinted and photographed if your family can travel without residence permit cards
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.