Residence permit to move to a close relative in Sweden

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and want to move to a family member in Sweden, you require a residence permit. You can in special cases receive a residence permit for moving to a close relative in Sweden who is not and will not become your spouse or cohabiting partner. Examples include children over 18 years of age and parents of an adult child living in Sweden. The family member in Sweden must have received a permanent residence permit.

Close relatives

In special cases you can be granted a residence permit to move to another close relative in Sweden with whom you have lived in your home country. For example, if you are over 18 years old and your parents live here.

You should be able to prove that you have lived together immediately before your relative moved to Sweden and that you were socially and emotionally dependent on each other, and that this makes it hard for you to live apart.

The application should be submitted as quickly as possible after your relative moved to Sweden and was granted a permanent residence permit. Generally, it is not possible to receive a residence permit if the application is done a long time afterwards, or if the dependency has been established after your relative moved to Sweden.

Read more about how to apply for a residence permit to move to a close relative

Maintenance requirement

The person you are going to live with in Sweden must be able to support both of you. He or she must also have a home of sufficient size and standard for you both to live in when you move to Sweden.

Read more about the maintenance requirement

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Jovan from Serbia has lived in Sweden for ten years and has a permanent residence permit. In Serbia, Jovan lived with his parents whom he also provided for. Now the parents have grown old and ill and have trouble managing on their own, even though Jovan sends them money every month. Jovan and his parents wish that the parents could move to Sweden to live with Jovan so that he can take care of them.

The parents apply for residence permits to move to Jovan in Sweden. They visit the Swedish Embassy in Belgrade for an interview. The decision is that they cannot be granted residence permits to move to Jovan as it has been too long since they lived together in the country of origin. The fact that they now have trouble living on their own is not grounds enough for them to be granted residence permits in Sweden.

If you are applying for a residence permit for live with a person whom is already your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner, you should apply for moving to a spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner in Sweden

If you are applying for a residence permit for live with someone with whom you have lived for less than two years, you should apply for a residence permit to move to a future spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner

If you are applying for a residence permit for a child under 18 years of age, you should apply for a residence permit for a child

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Last updated: 2018-01-10

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