Residence permit for children
A child under 18 years of age who is a citizen of another country outside the EU needs a residence permit to live in Sweden. There are different permits, depending on the reasons for the child's residence in Sweden.
Newborn child in Sweden
If you have a residence permit in Sweden and have recently given birth to a child, you need to apply for a residence permit for your newborn.
If you are an EU citizen and fulfil the requirements for right of residence in Sweden, your child does not need a residence permit.
If you are adopting a child and the child is not automatically made a Swedish citizen through the adoption, you must apply for a residence permit for your adopted child or for the child you intend to adopt.
Residence permits for children moving to a parent in Sweden
If you have a child who is living in a country outside the EU, and you want the child to move to Sweden to live with you, an application for a residence permit for the child is necessary.
Residence permits for children moving to someone other than their parent in Sweden
In some cases, a child can move to someone other than their parent in Sweden.
Children over 18
Children who have turned 18 do not have same right to be reunited with a parent living in Sweden as children under 18 years of age. In some cases, children over 18 may be granted a residence permit to move to their parents in Sweden.