Extending your residence permit to live with someone in Sweden
If you have a residence permit and wish to continue living in Sweden after your permit has expired, you should apply for an extension of your permit. You can only apply online. On this page you can find information on how to make an online application to extend a residence permit.
If you have had a residence permit for 6 months or more and are applying for an extension before your current permit has expired, you have the right to continue working while you wait for a decision. The earliest you can apply is 30 days before your current permit expires. You cannot be granted an extended residence permit until your current permit has expired.
For applicants with a permanent residence permit
If you have a permanent residence permit, you should not apply for a new permit when the period of validity for your residence permit card ("UT-kort") expires. Instead, you should make an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph taken and leave your fingerprints for a new residence permit card.
Do you have a residence permit as a family member of a person who came to Sweden to seek asylum and was granted a temporary residence permit? Then you should apply for an extension together.
If your relationship has ended, you can in some cases still apply for an extension of your residence permit.
Requirements for a permanent residence permit
You can apply for a permanent residence permit in connection with an application for an extended residence permit, but only after three years. As a residence permit is usually granted for two years at a time, the earliest you can apply for a permanent residence permit is usually after four years.
To be granted a permanent residence permit, you must
- meet the requirements for an extended residence permit
- be able to support yourself financially through income from employment or self-employment if you are aged 18 or over
- live an orderly life if you are aged 15 or over (your application may be rejected, for example, if you have committed a crime).
Instructions for online application
Making an online application makes it easy for you to get it right from the start. When you make an online application, you will be given clear instructions on how to fill in the application form, and what you need to attach, which means you are more likely to receive a decision all the sooner.
Fill in the application
In the application you fill in details about yourself and your partner or other close relative. If you have children under 18 years of age who also need a residence permit, you should apply for them at the same time.
To be able to apply online
- you and the person you are living with in Sweden must be older than 18 years of age
- you and your children who are applying together with you must have a registered address in Sweden
- you need a valid email address
- you will need to be able to pay the application fee by Visa or Mastercard
- you will need to be able to scan or photocopy the documents that are to be attached.
You will need to scan or photocopy these documents and send them with your application:
- copies of the pages in your passport that show your personal details, period of validity, country of issue, signature, and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin. If your passport is about to expire, you should renew it as you cannot obtain a residence permit for a period longer than the validity of your passport. You can do this in your country of origin or at the embassy of your country of origin
- copies of passport or identity document showing the personal data of the close relative you are applying for a residence permit to live with.
If your partner has e-ID, for example BankID, he or she must provide assurance that your relationship is current, using the online service. If your partner does not have e-ID, you must also attach
- the cohabitation insurance form, number 243011, which your partner should complete. Note that you and your partner do not need to print out and sign the cohabitation insurance policy by hand when applying online. If you open the form in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat (which you can download free of charge), you can fill it in and save it on your computer. You can then easily attach it to your application. If you are unable to save the form on your computer, you must print it out and then scan or photocopy it and attach it to your online application.
Check that the information given in the documents you attach is clear. Digits and characters at the very top and the very bottom of your passport must also be clearly visible on the copies of your passport.
If you are applying for a permanent residence permit, you must also submit documents showing that you
- are supporting yourself financially as an employee, for example an employment contract and your payslips for the last one to three months
- are supporting yourself financially as a self-employed person, for example F-tax card, registration certificate for your company, final tax statement for the previous income year, copy of income tax return (together with copy of NE or N3A appendix) for the previous income year
- are exempted from the requirements to support yourself financially because you are entitled to a pension, for example a decision from the Swedish Pensions Agency stating that you are entitled to income-based retirement pension, guarantee pension or financial support for the elderly
- are exempted from the requirement to support yourself financially on other special grounds, for example a decision on entitlement to sickness benefit or activity compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, or a medical certificate.
If you are also applying for your children, you should also submit
- copies of the pages of child’s passport that show personal details, photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and whether the child has permission to live in countries other than their country of origin.
If your children are over 18, you cannot include them in the online application. They should submit their own application instead, on the form:
Pay and submit your application
In most cases, you will pay a fee for this. You pay with a Visa or Mastercard. When the fee has been paid, you submit your application. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted. The Swedish Migration Agency will contact you if further information is required.
Interview with the Swedish Migration Agency
Sometimes the Swedish Migration Agency wishes to meet you and your partner or close relative. If you have to attend an interview, you will receive an appointment by email, sent to the address you gave when you made your application.
The Migration Agency processes the application
If you have submitted an application for extension, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Swedish Migration Agency has made its decision. You also have the right to continue to work if you have had a residence permit for 6 months or more and the application is made before your current permit expires.
Bear in mind that you only have the right to continue working during the waiting time if your application is received by the Swedish Migration Agency before your previous permit has expired.
If you have previously had a decision on refusal of entry or deportation and you are applying after your previous permit has expired, then your application will be considered in accordance with the rules on impediments to enforcement, in which case there are different and more stringent requirements for being granted a permit.
If the Swedish Migration Agency needs more information from you
The Swedish Migration Agency will contact you if we need further information or documentation from you. You do not need to contact the Swedish Migration Agency. If you have applied online and the Swedish Migration Agency asks you to provide additional information, you should do so by email. You should not send documents to the Swedish Migration Agency by regular post. You can read more about providing additional information in support of your case in the email the Swedish Migration Agency sends if you need to submit further information.
Travelling abroad during the processing time
If you travel abroad around the time when your permit expires, and you have applied for extension, it may be difficult for you to come back to Sweden before your new permit has been granted. You may then have to wait outside Sweden for your new decision. If there is an urgent reason why you must go back to Sweden before then, you can apply for a national visa to enter Sweden. With that sort of visa, you can travel back to Sweden and then wait for your extension decision there. You apply for that sort of visa at the Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you are, providing that the authority in question is able to issue visas. You must be aware that such an application can only be granted if there are special reasons why a visa should be issued. The Swedish Migration Agency has no power to influence the decision taken by the embassy or consulate. Therefore, you should not leave Sweden during the processing period of your application unless there are exceptional circumstances and you really need to go. Some examples of special reasons are sudden illness, a death in the family, or work-related tasks. The embassy may require documentation proving the reason for the trip. You should also be aware that a decision on a national visa cannot be appealed.
You receive the decision
You will receive an e-mail stating that the decision has been made. The decision itself will then be sent home to your address in Sweden. If you receive a residence permit, you will also receive a residence permit card. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your home within about one week.
If your family member has applied for asylum and is applying to extend their temporary residence permit, you will receive your decisions at the same time.
Temporary residence permit
If your family member has been seeking asylum and has applied to extend their temporary residence permit, you will receive a permit for the same time. If your family member has had a residence permit that has been valid for 13 months, you may receive a new residence permit for two years.
Permanent residence permit
When you have held a residence permit for at least three years, you may be granted a permanent residence permit. As a residence permit is generally granted for two years at a time, and you can only be granted a permanent residence permit when you apply for an extension, the earliest you can apply for a permanent residence permit is usually after four years. Your permanent residence permit is valid for as long as you reside in Sweden. Bear in mind that, if you were not living in Sweden for extended periods during the permit period, this may affect your ability to obtain a permanent residence permit.
If you have had a residence permit to live with someone who has been seeking asylum and who has been granted a temporary residence permit for 13 months, you may, if you yourself meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit, be granted one after at least three years in Sweden.
If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application
If you are not given a residence permit you may lodge an appeal within three weeks from the date you received the decision. Information on how to do this can be found in your decision documentation. If you have given someone a power of attorney document that authorises him/her to represent you, this person may lodge the appeal. Children under 18 years of age cannot appeal themselves. The appeal should be made by their parents or another custodian on the child’s behalf.
You can appeal against a decision not to grant a permanent residence permit if your application was rejected because you do not meet the maintenance requirement or the orderliness requirement. If you do not meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit, you may still be able to receive a residence permit as a close relative.
Basis for residence permit card
If you receive a residence permit, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to stay in Sweden and contains your photograph and fingerprints. You should therefore make an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph and fingerprints taken as soon as possible. You also need to do this if you have previously had a residence permit card as your photo and fingerprints are not stored.
If you are unable to make an online application
If you are unable to apply online, you should complete the form Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, number 161011. You and your partner should also complete the form Assurance of cohabitation – Appendix to application for extended residence permit, number 243011B.
In the case of applications for children under 18, you fill in the form Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, number 163011.
The application form specifies the documents you must enclose.
Send your application to:
The Swedish Migration Agency
903 03 Umeå
In most cases you must pay a fee.