If you already are in Sweden and want to apply for a residence permit to live with someone in Sweden

If you want to live with someone in Sweden, the main rule is that you must submit your application from your country of origin or the country where you legally reside. Your residence permit must be ready before you travel to Sweden. In certain cases you may receive a residence permit without having to leave Sweden. This may apply to you if you already have another residence permit, or if you have or are expecting children.

If you already have a residence permit

If you are already in Sweden with a valid residence permit, you may in certain cases receive a new residence permit without having to leave the country. This may apply to you if you have, for example,

  • a work permit
  • a permit as a self-employed person
  • a permit for studies
  • a residence permit as a family member of a Swedish citizen, Nordic citizen or someone with a permanent residence permit
  • a residence permit as a family member of an employee with a residence permit, a self-employed person with a residence permit or a student with a residence permit for studies
  • applied for asylum and have received a temporary residence permit. It also applies to you if you have a temporary residence permit due to exceptionally distressing circumstances or to impediments to enforcement.

Your permit must be valid when you submit your new application. If you are in Sweden with a visa or a temporary visitor's permit, you can usually only be granted a permit for an extended visit, rather than a permit to settle in Sweden.

If you have a residence permit as a family member to an EU citizen with right of residence, you can no longer be granted an extension to your residence permit. However, you may have the possibility to apply for a residence card.

Read more about the residence card

If you have or are expecting a child in Sweden

If you are in Sweden without a valid residence permit, you can, in some cases, get a residence permit on the grounds that you want to live with someone in Sweden without needing to leave the country. A pregnancy or a common child does not automatically mean that you can get a residence permit in Sweden without needing to leave the country. Having your application examined and granted when you are in Sweden is an exception, and a short separation from your child can be considered reasonable, for example.

The requirements for getting a residence permit without needing to leave Sweden are that

  • you meet the conditions for getting a residence permit to live with someone in Sweden
  • it is clear that you would have been given a residence permit if you had submitted your application before you came to Sweden and
  • it is not reasonable to require you to travel back to your country of origin to apply.

You may not need to leave Sweden to apply if you

  • are a parent and custodian of a child who has a residence permit or who is a Swedish citizen
  • have or are expecting a child with a person who is a Swedish citizen, has a permanent residence permit or has some other permit entitling them to live in Sweden (you yourself also have to live together with the child).

The person you are going to live with in Sweden must be able to support you all and must have a home of a sufficient size and standard that you all can all live in. There are some exceptions to the requirement concerning support and a home that you can read more about on the page For the relative in Sweden.

Read more about the requirement concerning and a home on the page For the relative in Sweden

The child's best interests

The impact on your child of being separated from his or her parent determines whether or not you can be granted a residence permit without having to leave Sweden. Your application may be rejected if

  • you do not meet the requirements for a residence permit to live with someone in Sweden
  • it is likely that the embassy will be able to process your application within a reasonable period of time
  • it is believed that your child will not be harmed by your temporary separation.

Your application may also be rejected if you have a criminal record or have been an illegal resident, or if you have provided false information.

If you have previously received a rejection of an application and been deported from the country

If the Swedish Migration Agency has previously rejected your application for a residence permit and expelled or deported you from the country, and the Migration Court has rejected your appeal (the decision has entered into force legally), special rules apply. The Migration Agency cannot determine your right to settle in Sweden - it can only determine whether there are obstacles to you returning to your home country (so-called impediments to enforcement).

Read more about impediments to enforcement when a person comes for protection and asylum (the same information applies to those who have not applied for asylum)

How to apply

You need to fill in the form Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden, number 161011. You and your partner are to jointly fill in the form Assurance of cohabitation – appendix to application for extended residence permit, number 243011B.

If the application is made for a child under the age of 18, you fill in the form Residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, number 163011.

If you have had a residence permit based on employment, for studies or as a self-employed person, you must also submit documents demonstrating your occupation in Sweden. These can be, for example, grades from studies or a certificate of employment and payslip.

Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden, form number 161011PDF

Assurance of cohabitation – appendix to application for extended residence permit, form number 243011BPDF

Residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, form number 163011PDF

Send your application to

The Swedish Migration Agency
Box 3100
903 03 Umeå

Last updated: 2015-04-06

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