Residence cards in accordance with EU rules for family members of Nordic citizens
If you are a Nordic citizen, your family are citizens of a non-EU country and you intend to live in Sweden for more than three months, they should apply for a residence card. Residence card applications may be submitted once you have arrived in Sweden. Your family have a right to be granted visas to Sweden if they need it to travel here. They can submit their visa application to an embassy or consulate general in the country where they live.
Your family may have right of residence in Sweden. Their right of residence is dependent on you yourself having right of residence through work, through studies, by being self-employed or by receiving a pension or having sufficient means to support yourself. If your family will stay in Sweden for more than three months, they need to apply for a residence card. Your family will need to submit documents from you demonstrating how you meet the requirements for right of residence.
Your family may instead of a residence card apply for a residence permit in accordance with Swedish rules.
If your family need visas
If your family need visas they should submit visa applications to a Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country where they live. Close relatives of an EU citizen do not need to pay any fees when applying for a visa to accompany the EU citizen to an EU country.
Each family member who is not an EU citizen, including children, must submit their own application. The form used is entitled Application for Schengen Visa, form number 119031. For information about which rules apply at the embassy or consulate-general concerned, please visit Swedenabroad.com.
Immediate right to work or study
If you meet the requirements for right of residence your family has the right to start working or studying immediately after coming to Sweden. They do not need to wait to apply for or be granted their residence card.
How your family should apply
Each family member, including children, should submit an individual application. They fill out the Application for residence card form, number 145011, 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 residence card.
Your family should enclose
- 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.
- if you are married, a copy of your marriage certificate or corresponding document
- if you are cohabiting partners, a document proving that you have lived together
- for children, a copy of their birth certificate including the parents' names
- documents showing how the family members are dependent on your and in what way you are related (applies to children over 21 years of age and other close relatives).
How to prove that you are cohabiting partners
To show that you have lived together you should submit documents supporting this fact. It can be personal information records or other certificates stating that you have been registered at the same address. It can also be documents showing that you have had joint bank accounts or insurance. You can also submit copies of bills that are jointly addressed to you, or to each of you individually but to the same address, such as telephone bills.
Your family also need to enclose documents showing how you meet the requirements for residence permit. The documents they need to submit depend on what type of occupation you have.
Photo for the residence card
If your family has right of residence they will be given a residence card. Residence cards contain photos and your family should visit the Swedish Migration Agency to be photographed. This should be done as soon as possible after submitting a residence card application. They must first make an appointment.
After the decision has been made
The residence card is sent to your address in Sweden. The card is valid as long as you and your family live in Sweden and you meet the requirements for right of residence. When you have lived in Sweden with right of residence continuously for five years you have a permanent right of residence. If your family wants a certificate of their permanent right of residence you can apply for a permanent residence card.
If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses the application
If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your family's application, they may appeal the decision within three weeks of the day you received it. Information on how to do this can be found in the decision.