Permanent residence cards for EU citizens family members who are non-EU citizens
As a close relative of an EU citizen, when you have lived in Sweden for five years with your close relative and they have had right of residence throughout this period, you have permanent right of residence.
If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and want a certificate of your permanent right of residence you can apply for a permanent residence card.
Requirements for permanent residence card
To be eligible for a permanent residence card
- you should have lived in Sweden for at least five years while having a relation to the close relative who is an EU citizen
- your family member should meet the requirements of permanent right of residence.
Your permanent right of residence is dependent on your family member who is an EU citizen having had right of residence for five years. Your application should specify the occupation of the EU citizen.
There are also special regulations about keeping your right of residence in certain cases.
Amina moved to Sweden with her husband who is an EU citizen. They have lived together in Sweden for five years. Amina's husband has worked throughout this period.
Amina has after five years in Sweden been granted permanent right of residence. She has been granted this right as she has lived with her husband in Sweden for five years and her husband has had right of residence throughout this period. Amina wants a document proving that she has permanent right of residence, and thus applies for a permanent residence card.
Tarik moved to Sweden five years ago to live with his wife who is an EU citizen. Tarik studied and then started his own company, which he still runs. A year ago Tarik and his wife divorced.
Despite no longer being the family member of an EU citizen, Tarik has retained the right of residence. He has earned the right as he and his wife were married for more than three years and they lived together in Sweden for more than a year. After five years in Sweden Tarik has earned permanent right of residence. He wants a document proving that he has permanent right of residence, and thus applies for a permanent residence card.
How to apply
You fill out the form Application for permanent residence card, number 177011, and send it in or submit it at one of the Swedish Migration Agency's Permit Units.
There is no fee for applying for a permanent residence card.
You should include documents showing what employment the EU citizen has had and how they have supported you.
The following should be included in your application:
- Copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.
- Income statements from the Swedish Tax Agency for the past five years if the EU citizen has worked in Sweden.
- Employer's certificates from all employers in the past five years the EU citizen has worked in Sweden.
- A tax account from the Swedish Tax Agency covering the past five years of the company if the EU citizen has been self-employed in Sweden.
- Study results for the periods during which the EU citizen has studied.
- Documents showing how the EU citizen has supported you if he or she is a pensioner or has sufficient means, for example, pension payment receipts, bank statements, or taxation information for foreign salaries.
When we have received your application
The permanent residence card contains a photo of you. You should therefore visit the Swedish Migration Agency to be photographed as soon as possible. In order to be photographed, you must first make an appointment.
After the decision has been made
The permanent residence card is sent to you by mail.