Residence permits for children moving to a parent in Sweden

An unmarried child under 18 years of age may be granted a residence permit in order to move to a parent in Sweden. The parent in Sweden must have a residence permit.

If the child is going to move to Sweden at the same time as his or her parent

If the child and his or her parent are going to move to Sweden at the same time, the parent can also apply for the child in his or her own application.

Read more about how you apply, as a parent, for a residence permit for your child in your own application

For the Swedish Migration Agency to be able to process the child's application for a residence permit, the application has to be made by an adult. It can be a parent or another adult. If an adult other than the child's parent applies on behalf of the child, the person making the application has to show that he or she is entitled to represent the child in his or her country of origin.

Residence permit requirements

For a child of someone living in Sweden to be given a residence permit

  • the child must be under 18 years and unmarried
  • the parent in Sweden must have a residence permit or a permanent residence permit
  • the parent must be able to support him/herself and the child, and have a home of sufficient size and standard for them to live in.

Read more about the maintenance requirement

How to make the child's application

You can apply for a residence permit for the child online if you yourself have received a residence permit because you are studying, have found work or have moved to a family member in Sweden.   If you have received a residence permit as an asylum seeker, the child must apply using a form. 

When you submit an online application for the child the parent in Sweden needs to be registered with the Swedish Tax Office and have a Swedish personal identity number.

You will probably be required to pay a fee.

Fees for residence permits

The following has to be included with your child’s application

  • copies of the child’s passport showing their personal data, photograph, signature, passport number, issuing country, validity period and whether the child has permission to live in countries other than their country of origin
  • birth certificate
  • adoption documents if the child is adopted
  • the form Family Details, number 239011.

If you have sole custody of the child, the custody decision has to be included. If the other parent is dead, you have to include a death certificate.

If the child has two legal guardians and only you and the child will be moving to Sweden, you must include consent from the other legal guardian. The consent has to state that the child is allowed to move to Sweden. Copies of passports or other identification documents for the legal guardian who has signed the consent also have to be included.

Family details, form number 239011 (in English)PDF

Make sure that the information on the documents you enclose is clearly visible. Check that the numbers and characters at the top and bottom of the passport pages is clear and legible.

A statement of consent is a signed letter from the parent who has custody but will not be accompanying the child to Sweden, in which he or she agrees that your child shouldbe granted a residence permit to settle in Sweden. The statement of consent should contain

  • the name, date of birth and address of the parent who consents
  • the name and date of birth of the child to which the statement of consent relates
  • a statement that the parent agrees that the child should be granted a residence permit to settle in Sweden
  • the signature of parent consenting, along with his or her name in printed letters.

Learn more about the requirements for an online application

When we have received the child's application

Once the Migration Agency has examined the child's application you will receive an email asking you to make an appointment with the relevant embassy or consulate-general for an interview with the child. During the interview, the child will be asked questions about him or herself and about his or her relationship with the parent in Sweden.

The Swedish Migration Agency will also interview the parent living in Sweden. This will be done either via a questionnaire or through a personal interview at one of the Swedish Migration Agency's offices.

The parent must be able to support him/herself as well as the child, S/he must also have a home of sufficient size and standard for them to live in together when the child has moved to Sweden.

Read more about the maintenance requirement

After the decision has been made

The Migration Agency's decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate-general you selected in your online application. When going to collect the child's decision, remember to take your passport with you

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If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses the child's application

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses the child's application, the decision can be appealed within three weeks from the day on which the child's custodian received it.  Information on how to appeal is included in the decision.

If the child is granted a residence permit

If the child is granted a residence permit, he or she will receive a residence permit card. On the card are the child's fingerprints and a photo. The fingerprints and photo are stored on the card's chip.

If the child needs a visa to travel to Sweden, he or she will need the residence permit card for the trip to Sweden. The child will therefore be photographed and have his or her fingerprints taken in connection with the interview at the embassy or consulate-general. Children under the age of 6 do not need to provide fingerprints.

Learn more about the residence permit card

Once the residence permit card is ready, the embassy or consulate-general will entrust it to the person entitled to represent the child in the country where the application was made. Bear in mind that it can take up to four weeks to produce the card and deliver it to the embassy or consulate-general after you have received the residence permit decision. When the child enters Sweden, he or she must present the residence permit card along with a valid passport.

Children who do not need a visa to travel to Sweden can travel without the residence permit card and can then instead book an appointment and visit the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden to be fingerprinted and photographed for their residence permit card. However, their permit must be granted before they travel to Sweden.

Book an appointment at the Swedish Migration Agency for the child to be fingerprinted and photographed if the child can enter Sweden without a visa


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We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you do not apply online

If you cannot apply online you fill in form Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age 18, number 163011, and hand it in to the embassy or consulate-general in the country where the child is living. The application form specifies which documents you need to enclose. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit the application.

Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, form number 163011 (in English)PDF

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If there is no possibility of applying in the country where the child is living, you must apply at the embassy or consulate-general closest to the country where the child is living. Contact the embassy or consulate-general for more information before handing in the application.

If you apply at an embassy or consulate-general, you pay the fee when you hand in your application. For information about fees, contact the particular embassy or consulate-general since they do not follow the same rules for fees as the Swedish Migration Agency.

Last updated: 2018-04-12

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