Residence permits for those who have had permanent residence permit and will be moving back to Sweden

You are entitled to apply for a new residence permit if you are planning to move back to Sweden. You must previously have lived in Sweden and held a permanent residence permit, and have some form of tie to Sweden.

Ties to Sweden

If you have previously lived in Sweden you may be granted a residence permit because of your ties to Sweden. Your ties to Sweden are primarily defined by how long you lived here in the past.

Length of your previous stay

If you have been living abroad for up to three years, you need to have lived in Sweden for at least four years prior to that in order to be granted a new residence permit. If more than three years have passed since you lived in Sweden, you will only be granted a new residence permit if you lived here for at least ten years, or if you have other grounds stated in your application.

Assessment of your ties

In addition to considering the time you have been living outside Sweden, the Migration Agency will assess how strong your ties are to your home country, or to another country where you have lived during this time. If you have started a new family in another country, for example, you are less likely to be granted a residence permit with reference to your ties to Sweden.

Important to remember when applying

In order for the Migration Agency to be able to assess whether you are entitled to a new residence permit, you must describe your specific reasons for wanting to move back to Sweden.

In some cases you may be granted a new residence permit even if you have been away from Sweden for a long time. When the Migration Agency assesses whether you are entitled to a new residence permit, it will also consider your reasons for moving away from Sweden. If you left Sweden for reasons you were unable to influence you may, in some cases, be granted a new residence permit even if you do not fulfil the requirements regarding the length of your previous stay in Sweden.

How to apply

You can apply online from your country, or from some other country than Sweden where you are living.

In most cases, you will have to pay a fee.

Fees for residence permits

Include copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, travel stamps, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.

Once we have received your application

If you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints.

If you need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should go to the embassy or consulate-general as soon as possible to have your picture and fingerprints taken. Your photo and fingerprints cannot be saved, so you need to go through the process even if you had a residence permit card before. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before your visit.

If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, as soon as possible after your arrival in Sweden you should book an appointment to be photographed and fingerprinted at the Migration Agency.

Learn more about the residence permit card

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After the decision has been made

The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate-general you selected in your online application. Take your passport along when picking up your decision. The Swedish embassy or consulate-general will hand over or send you the residence permit card as soon as it is ready. Don't forget that it might take up to four weeks to make and send the card to the embassy or consulate-general after you receive your decision.

When you enter Sweden, you must show your residence permit card along with a valid passport. 

If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should be able to show a copy of the decision when you arrive. As soon as possible after you have arrived in Sweden, you should book an appointment to be fingerprinted and photographed. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.

Book an appointment at the Migration Agency to be fingerprinted and photographed if you can travel without a residence permit card

Useful links if you have recently moved to Sweden and have a residence permit

If the Migration Agency refuses your application

If the Migration Agency refuses your application, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date when you were informed of the decision. Your decision contains information about how to do so.

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If you do not apply online

If you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the form Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, no 161011 and submit it to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in your country of residence. The application form specifies which documents to enclose.

Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, form No. 161011PDF (in English)

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If there is no possibility to submit an application in your country, you must apply at the embassy or consulate-general closest to your country of residence. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit your application for further information.

If you are applying at an embassy or consulate-general, you pay the fee when you hand in your application. For more information about the fee, contact the embassy or consulate-general where you are applying, as they do not have the same fees and terms of payment as the Migration Agency.

Last updated: 2017-12-27

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