Residence permits for children moving to a parent in Sweden
A 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 a child and a parent who do not have a residence permit will be moving to Sweden at the same time, the parent can apply for the child as part of their own application.
In order for the Swedish Migration Agency to be able to process the child’s residence permit application, the application must be submitted by an adult. This can be a parent or another adult. If an adult other than the child's parent is applying on behalf of the child, the person submitting the application must show that they have the right to represent the child in the child’s country of origin.
Residence permit requirements
For a child of someone living in Sweden to be granted a residence permit
- the child must be under 18 years of age and unmarried
- the parent must have a residence permit or a permanent residence permit
- the parent must be able to support themselves and the child, and have a home of sufficient size and standard for them to live in.
How to apply for a child
If you are a parent, you can submit an online application for the child if you have been granted a residence permit to study or work in Sweden, or if you moved to a family member in Sweden.
To submit an online application, you must be registered as a resident with the Swedish Tax Office and have a Swedish personal identity number.
However, you were granted a residence permit as an asylum seeker, you already have Swedish citizenship, or you are not the child’s parent, you must apply using the paper form.
Application fees for residence permits
In most cases, you have to pay a fee to apply for a residence permit.
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 or proof of birth
If the child is adopted, the adoption documents must be included with the application.
If you have sole custody of the child, the custody decision must be included with the application. If the other parent has died, you must include the death certificate.
Check that the information on the documents you submit is clearly visible. On copies of passports, make sure that the numbers and characters at the top and bottom of the passport pages are clear and legible.
If the child has two legal guardians, but only the child will be moving to you in Sweden while the other parent remains in the country of origin, you must include a statement of consent from the other legal guardian with the application. The statement of consent must be in the form of a signed letter from the parent who is the child’s legal guardian but will not be following along to Sweden, in which they state that they agree to your child being granted a residence permit to settle in Sweden. The statement of consent must clearly state that the child is allowed to move to Sweden. A copy of the passport or other identification document of the legal guardian who signed the consent must also be included.
The statement of consent should contain
- the name, date of birth and address of the parent providing their consent
- the name and date of birth of the child the statement of consent regards
- a statement indicating that the parent agrees to the child being granted a residence permit to settle in Sweden
- the signature of the consenting parent, along with their name in printed form.
When we have received the child's application
Once the Swedish Migration Agency has reviewed the child’s application, you (the person who submitted the application on behalf of the child) will be sent 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 themselves and their relationship with the parent in Sweden.
The parent in Sweden will also be asked a number of questions. This will be done either via a questionnaire or through a personal interview at one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s offices.
After the decision has been made
Once the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision as to whether the child should be granted a residence permit or not, the decision is sent to the parent who applied for the child’s residence permit.
If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses the child's application
If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects the child’s application, the decision can be appealed within three weeks from the date the child’s parent, legal guardian or other authorised individual received the decision. 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, they will receive a residence permit card. The card contains the child's fingerprints and photo along with other information.
A child who does not require a visa to travel to Sweden can come here without the residence permit card. In such case, the parent in Sweden can make an appointment to bring the child to the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden to provide a photo and fingerprints for the residence permit card.
If the child needs a visa to travel to Sweden, they will need the residence permit card for the trip to Sweden. The child will therefore be photographed and fingerprinted in connection with the interview at the embassy or consulate-general.
Once the residence permit card is ready, the embassy or consulate-general will provide the card to the person entitled to represent the child in the country where the application was made. 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, they must present the residence permit card together with a valid passport.
Before you begin your application
The Migration Agency recommends that you use a computer when you make your application and that you use Internet Explorer.
Support for online applications
If you do not apply online
If you are not able to apply online, please fill in the form “Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18”, number 162011. The application must be submitted to the Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where the child is living. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before submitting the application to schedule an appointment for the child’s visit.
The following must be submitted together with the child’s application
- copies of the child's passport showing their personal data, photo, signature (if possible), passport number, issuing country, validity period, and whether the child has permission to live in countries other than their country of origin
- birth certificate or proof of birth
- the form “Family details”
- statement of consent indicating that the child is allowed to move with you to Sweden from the other legal guardian who is not following along to Sweden
- court order if you have sole custody or death certificate if the other parent is dead
- adoption documents if the child is adopted.
If it is not possible for you to apply 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.