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.

Learn more about applying for a residence permit in accordance with Swedish rules

Family members

A family member is

  • your partner (cohabiting partner, spouse or registered partner)
  • your or your partner's unmarried children under 21 years of age
  • your or your partner's children over 21 years of age if they are dependent on you for financial support
  • your or your partner's parents who are financially dependent on you (does not apply to the parents of students)
  • another family member who is dependent on you for their subsistence or is part of your or your partner’s household or if you are required personally to take care of the family member for serious health reasons.

Cohabiting partner refers to couples who are not married but live together as if married. It is not enough that you have lived together for example during a tourist visit.

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.

Application for Schengen Visa, form number 119031PDF

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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.

Application for residence card, form number 145011PDF

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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.

If you work, study or are self-employed in another country your family need to enclose

  • certificate that shows that you and your family are covered by the social security system in your country of origin. The certificate should be issued by the authorities in your country of origin and should make it clear that you and your family are covered by another EU country's social security system. If you are unable to get such a certificate you need to sign a full-coverage private healthcare insurance which applies throughout your stay in Sweden
  • lease specifying the rent amount, if you are renting your housing
  • certificate of purchase if you own your housing
  • information about the monthly costs of your housing, such as cost of loan and amortisation and any monthly fees if you own your property
  • payslips from your employers for the previous three months, if you are employed
  • certificate of any other allowances or other forms of income
  • receipts of costs related to commuting across Swedish borders, for example in the form of a monthly ticket or similar.

If you work in Sweden your family need to enclose

  • employment certificate from your employer
  • your last three months' wage specifications if you are employed by the hour.

If you study in Sweden your family need to enclose

  • copy of your admission certificate for an education programme or course of an upper secondary school (gymnasium) level or higher
  • copy of a European health insurance card (EU card) or other fully covering health insurance
  • proof that you have sufficient means to support yourself and your family.

Learn more about the European health insurance cardexternal link, opens in new window

If you are self-employed in Sweden your family need to enclose

  • F-tax card and registration certificate from the Swedish Companies Registration Office
  • your latest VAT accounts (if your company is liable to account for VAT)
  • certification that you are conducting operations, for example using invoices sent to customers, receipts of purchased materials and leases for the operations' premises.

If you have purchased a business operation in Sweden your family should also enclose

  • deed of transfer
  • the latest annual report.

If you are a pensioner or if you have sufficient means to support yourself your family need to enclose

  • certificate showing that you and your family are covered by the social insurance system in your country of origin. The certificate should be issued by the authorities in your country of origin and should make it clear that you and your family are covered by another EU country's social security system. If you are unable to get such a certificate you need to sign a full-coverage private healthcare insurance which applies throughout your stay in Sweden
  • lease specifying the rent amount, if you are renting your accommodation
  • certificate of purchase if you own your property
  • information about the monthly costs of your housing, such as cost of loan and amortisation and any monthly fees if you own your property
  • pension statement if you are a pensioner.

If you plan to live off personal wealth your family should

  • specify in the application form how long you plan to live in Sweden
  • enclose a bank statement showing how much money you have
  • enclose information about share dividends or other disposable income.

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.

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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.

Learn more about applying 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.

Important information about insurance

Your family members need to have an insurance policy that will cover any costs that may arise in connection with illness or injury when they are living in Sweden. If they are registered in the Swedish population register they are covered by the Swedish social insurance system. If they are not registered in the population register it is important that they get their own health insurance policy.

To be registered in the Swedish population register you generally need to have been granted a residence permit in Sweden for at least one year and plan to stay here for a year or longer.

Learn more about registration in the Swedish population register at the Swedish Tax Agency’s websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Last updated: 2017-04-12

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