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.

If you have a residence permit in connection with an EU citizen with the right of residence, you can no longer be granted an extended residence permit. You may, however, apply for a residence card.

Read more about the requirements for a residence card

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 (RP card) expires. Instead, you should make an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph taken and leave your fingerprints for a new RP card.

Make an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph taken and leave your fingerprints

Note that you may not apply for an extension of your residence permit online if your relationship has ended.

Read more about what applies if the relationship has ended

If you have already submitted an application

If you have submitted an application for a residence permit that has not yet been decided on, please do not submit a new online application. Instead, contact the Swedish Migration Agency if you want to provide additional information in the case. The waiting time in your case will not be shortened if you make a new online application.

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 enclose, which means you are more likely to receive a decision all the sooner.

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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.

Learn more about the requirements for an online application

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Attach documents

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
  • 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.

Cohabitation insurance, form number 243011PDF

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 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:

Application for a residence permit to take up residence in Sweden, number 161011.PDF

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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.

Information about residence permit fees

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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.

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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.

Read more about impediments to enforcement

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.

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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 had a residence permit and you and your partner or close relative have been living together for two years, you may receive a permanent residence permit. 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 both receive a permanent residence permit if your family member is working.

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.

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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.

Read more about residence permit cards

Book an appointment at the Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted

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If you are unable to make an online application

If you are unable to apply online, you should complete the form Application for a residence permit to take up residence in Sweden, number 160011. You and your partner should also complete the form
Cohabitation insurance for extension of residence permit, number 242011B.

Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, form number 161011 (in English)PDF

Assurance of cohabitation appendices to application for extended residence permit, form number 243011B (in English)PDF

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.

Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, form number 163011 (in English)PDF

The application form specifies the documents you must enclose.

Send your application to:

The Swedish Migration Agency
Box 3100
903 03 Umeå

In most cases you must pay a fee.

Learn more about fees and how to pay

Last updated: 2019-04-18

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