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Family member of an EU citizen

A citizen of a country outside the EU who is a family member (spouse/common law spouse or child under 21) of an EU citizen with right of residence in Sweden, also has right of residence. The EU citizen must be registered with the Migration Agency. You can work in Sweden if you have right of residence. If you want to stay in Sweden longer than three months, you must apply for a residence card even if you have right of residence.

More information on the rules on residence cards

Move to a close relative in Sweden

A citizen of a country outside the EU who wants to move to a family member in Sweden must apply for a residence permit. By law, the permit must be completed before entering Sweden. You are entitledto a residence permit if you are married, have entered into a registered partnership or are the common law spouse of someone who lives in Sweden.

You can receive a residence permit if you are planning to marry or become the common law spouse of someone living in Sweden and this relationship is judged to be serious and lasting.

Children under 18 have the right to reunite with their parents on condition that the parents or custodians have given written consent.

In exceptional cases, other relatives can receive a residence permit, but the legislation demands, among other things, that you have a relationship of dependency to each other and that you have not been apart from each other for a long period.

Last updated: 2015-05-04

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