Moving to someone in Sweden

In order to join your family or relative in Sweden, you must have a residence permit. Read more here about how to apply for yourself and on behalf of your child.


  • This information applies to persons who have family in Afghanistan

    In light of the recent developments in Afghanistan, many people have contacted the Swedish Migration Agency for information on how they can help their family in their country of origin. The information below outlines what you can do from Sweden and whether your family can apply for a permit to move here to join you.

  • Some e-services will be shut down on 1 September

    As of 1 September, you can only use a paper form when applying for a residence permit for a child who is being adopted, for a child who is moving to someone other than a parent, for yourself if you want to move back to Sweden, or for yourself because you are a parent of an unaccompanied minor.

  • Permanent residence permits for children

    Since 20 July, new requirements apply for anyone who wants to apply for a permanent residence permit. The Swedish Migration Agency is currently receiving many questions on how these new requirements affect children’s possibilities of obtaining permanent residence permits.

  • Tempo­rary halt to enfor­cing deci­sions pertai­ning to Afgha­nistan

    In mid-July, the Swedish Migration Agency decided to halt enforcement decisions pertaining to Afghanistan. This means that no refusal of entry or deportation decisions will be made as long as the halt applies.

  • New requirements for permanent residence permits

    Since 20 July, applicants for a permanent residence permit must fulfil new requirements. Among other things, you must be able to support yourself financially and are expected to live a law-abiding life. The new special requirements apply to everyone, regardless of the type of permit you already have.

  • Changes to the Aliens Act for most people applying for a residence permit or work permit

    Changes to the Aliens Act come into force as of today, 20 July. This means that anyone who applies for a residence or work permit in Sweden may be affected by the legislative changes.