Apply for a perma­nent resi­dence card – for family members of EU/​EEA citi­zens who are citi­zens of a non-EU/​EEA country

When you, a close relative of an EU/EEA citizen, have lived in Sweden for five years with your close relative and he or she has had the right of residence throughout this period, you gain permanent right of residence. As proof of your permanent right of residence, as a third-country national you must apply for a permanent residence card. You can do that here.

Apply for a perma­nent resi­dence card

If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country and want proof of your permanent right of residence, you should apply for a permanent residence card.

To obtain a permanent residence card, it is required that

  • you have lived in Sweden for at least five years and have had a relationship with the family member who is an EU/EEA citizen
  • your family member has fulfilled the requirements for residence during that time
  • if the relationship with the EU/EEA citizen ceased after you came to Sweden, you must be able to show that you have retained your right of residence.

Requi­re­ments for using the e-service

To use the e-service, you must

  • have a valid email address
  • have copies of the pages of your passport showing personal data, photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and if you are authorised to live in countries other than your country of origin.

You may also need to submit

  • PAYE tax return from the Swedish Tax Agency for the last five years, if the EU/EEA citizen has worked in Sweden
  • employer’s certificates from all employers for the last five years, if the EU/EEA citizen has been employed
  • tax accounting the company from the Swedish Tax Agency or the last five years, if the EU/EEA citizen has been self-employed
  • transcripts for the periods during which the EU/EEA citizen was a student
  • documents showing how the EU/EEA citizen has supported you through sufficient funds, such as pension payments, bank statements or tax details for salary from abroad.

If you cannot apply online, fill in the form Application for a Permanent Residence Card, 177011, and send or submit it to one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s permit units.

It does not cost anything to apply for a permanent residence card.

You should send documents showing where the EU/EEA citizen has been employed and how he or she has supported you.

Together with your application, you should send

  • have copies of the pages of your passport showing personal data, photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and if you are authorised to live in countries other than your country of origin.
  • PAYE tax return from the Swedish Tax Agency for the last five years, if the EU/EEA citizen has worked in Sweden
  • employer’s certificates from all employers for the last five years, if the EU/EEA citizen has been employed
  • tax accounting the company from the Swedish Tax Agency or the last five years, if the EU/EEA citizen has been self-employed
  • transcripts for the periods during which the EU/EEA citizen was a student
  • documents showing how the EU/EEA citizen has supported you, if he or she is retired or has sufficient funds, such as pension payments, bank statements or tax details for salary from abroad.

Application for a Permanent Residence Card, form 177011PDF

Addresses and opening hours of the Swedish Migration Agency

Postal addresses of the Swedish Migration Agency

The permanent residence card contains a photo of you. You should therefore book an appointment as soon as possible and visit one of the offices of the Swedish Migration Agency so that you can be photographed.

If you still have a valid residence card when you receive your permanent residence card, you need to hand over the old residence card to the Swedish Migration Agency.

Book an appointment before you visit us

You will receive your permanent residence card will be sent to your home in the mail.

Illustration av en kvinna.

Amina moved to Sweden with her husband, who is an EU/EEA citizen. They have now lived together in Sweden for five years. Amina’s husband has been employed throughout the period.

After five years in Sweden, Amina has permanent right of residence in Sweden. She has this right because she has lived with her husband in Sweden for five years and her husband has had right of residence throughout the period. Amina wants a document showing that she has permanent right of residence and therefore applies for a permanent residence card.

Illustration av en man.

Tarik moved to Sweden five years ago to live with his wife, who is an EU/EEA citizen. His wife worked in Sweden and Tarik began studying. After a year he started his own company, which he still runs. Two years ago, Tarik and his wife divorced.

Although he is no longer a family member of an EU/EEA citizen, Tarik retains his right of residence. He has this right because his wife worked while they were married. They were also married for more than three years, and during those three years they lived together in Sweden for more than a year. Since the divorce, Tarek has continued to run his business. After five years in Sweden, Tarik has permanent right of residence in Sweden. He therefore applies for a permanent residence card.

Last updated: 2021-09-20