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On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU. In connection with this, a transitional period began, which ended on 31 December 2020. British citizens who lived in Sweden before the end of the transitional period can apply for residence status. The same applies to close family members of British citizens.

Residence status is a new form of right to reside in Sweden. This right only covers British citizens and their close family members. Residence status makes it possible for these citizens to continue to live, work and study in Sweden.

The requirements to be eligible for residence status are that you must

  • be a British citizen, current family member of a British citizen, or former family member of a British citizen
  • have lived in Sweden in accordance with European Union law before the end of the transitional period on 31 December 2020
  • still be living in Sweden after the end of the transitional period and continue to meet the requirements for the right of residence, meaning as an employee, self-employed person, student, person with adequate funds for your living or a family member of a person who meets these conditions.

British citizens with a permanent residence permit or Swedish citizenship do not need to apply for residence status, but they can do so. Among other things, residence status gives more family members the right to join the British citizen in Sweden.

The application for residence status is open up to and including 30 September 2021.

British citizens who move to Sweden after 31 December 2020 are covered by the same rules as other third-country citizens and cannot apply for residence status. The exception is children and certain family members who have a possibility of applying for residence status even if they move to Sweden after this date if they intend to join a British family member in Sweden. They must then apply for residence status within three months of arriving.

Residence status is not limited in time, but the residence status card needs to be renewed after five years. Then there is also the possibility of applying for permanent residence status if you do not already have it.

Read more about how to apply for residence status

Last updated: 2021-01-07

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