How to apply for a residence permit at a Swedish embassy or consulate general to live with someone in Sweden
An online application helps you to get it right
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. It is easier to get things right, which means you are more likely to receive a decision all the sooner.
Power of attorney
As your legal representative, your family member in Sweden can apply online for you if you give him or her a power of attorney. You may submit a power of attorney for your family member when you visit the embassy or consulate general.
If neither you nor your close relative in Sweden is able to make an online application, you may apply at the embassy or consulate general in the country where you are living.
Fill in the application
Fill in the forms:
- Application for a residence permit to take up residence in Sweden
- Family details.
In the application you fill in details about yourself and the person you will be moving to.
If you have children under 18 who will be accompanying you to Sweden, you should also complete the forms:
- Application for a residence permit to take up residence in Sweden for children under the age of 18.
Fill in a separate form for each child.
Consent for children under 18 years of age
In Sweden both custodial parents have the right to participate in decisions that concern their child. Therefore, if the other custodian is not accompanying you to Sweden, they must give their consent for the child to move to Sweden. Their consent can be given in a letter signed by the other custodian, who states that he or she gives permission for the child to move.
The letter of consent should contain
- the name, date of birth and address of the parent giving their consent
- the name and date of birth of the child the consent relates to
- the parent’s agreement for the child to be granted a residence permit to take up residence in Sweden
- signature of the parent giving their consent and their name in clear script.
The application form tells you which documents you must attach.
Note that the embassy or consulate general to which you submit your application may require further documentation. Contact the embassy or consulate general concerned for more information.
Submit your application to the embassy or consulate-general
You need to submit your application to the nearest Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country in which you live. If there is no Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country in which you live, you should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate general in the nearest neighbouring country that has one and for which you have a permit to travel. Not all Swedish embassies and consulates general deal with migration cases. So check beforehand whether the embassy you intend to visit deals with migration cases. When you have submitted your application, the embassy or consulate general will notify you of an interview time.
Most applicants must pay a fee for submitting their application.
Take along your passport and the originals of the documents you submitted with your application. During the interview you will need to answer questions about your relationship with the person in Sweden. Children applying will also need to attend the interview.
If you receive a residence permit, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card contains your fingerprints and photograph. Your fingerprints and photograph are only stored on the card’s chip.
If you need a visa to travel to Sweden, you will need the residence permit card when travelling to Sweden. You will therefore be photographed and asked to leave your fingerprints when you have your interview.
If you do not need a visa to travel to Sweden, you may travel without the residence permit card and leave your documents for the residence permit card with the Swedish Migration Agency after you arrive in Sweden.
After the interview, your application is sent to the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden. Bear in mind that it takes approximately four weeks for your application to reach the Swedish Migration Agency.
Questionnaire for the family member in Sweden
When the Swedish Migration Agency has received your application, a letter is sent to your family member in Sweden asking them about their income, accommodation and your relationship. Your family member should answer the questions within four weeks.
The Swedish Migration Agency processes the application
To enable the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision on your case, all information must be given and all necessary documentation must be attached to your application. This means the processing time will be shorter if you include everything that is required from the start than if additional information is given at a later stage.
Please note that the Migration Agency may in some cases need to investigate your application further, even if all details are complete and all documents are provided.
Waiting for a decision
Your permit must be ready before you travel to Sweden. While you are waiting for the decision about your permit, you can apply for a visa to temporarily visit Sweden. Your application for a visitor’s visa is processed by the embassy in the country where you live, and applications are always judged on an individual basis. A necessary precondition for being granted a visa is that the embassy is sure that you intend to leave Sweden when the visa expires. If you are granted a visitor’s visa, it is important that you return home when the visa expires and you must wait there for the decision regarding your residence permit. A residence permit will not usually be granted if you are in Sweden. You can only apply for a visa at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you live. Other member states that represent Sweden cannot grant visa applications during the period you are waiting. People with visa exemptions who are waiting for a decision regarding their residence permit can also temporarily visit Sweden.
Given that you cannot hold two residence permits at the same time, the Migration Agency recommends that you not apply for one to visit longer than 90 days. We will make our decision concerning the matter that is most favourable to you. Your application for a residence permit to move in with someone may be denied if you also request one to visit while in Sweden. You will need to await a decision concerning the application that is most favourable to you if you are not in Sweden. As a result, the period during which you would like to visit may have passed by time we make a decision. Our recommendation is not to apply for a permit to visit under such circumstances.
You may request withdrawal of your application for a residence permit to move in with a member of your family if your extended stay is urgent. You will need to reapply for a permit to move in with someone after having returned to your country of origin.
Receiving the decision
The embassy or consulate-general will contact you when the decision has been made.
You will need your passport to collect the decision. Some embassies and consulates general send the decision and the residence permit card out by post. Contact the embassy or consulate general for further information.
If you have given someone power of attorney, authorising them to represent you, the decision is sent to this person. He or she will inform you what the decision says.