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.

Residence permits for children born in Sweden

Read more about the right of residence for EU citizens

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Adopted children

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 permit for adopted children

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 who are moving to a parent in Sweden

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.

Read more about residence permits for children who are moving 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.

Read about how to apply for a residence permit to move to a close relative in Sweden

Last updated: 2017-08-08

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