Residence permit to move to a spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner in Sweden

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and want to move to a family member in Sweden, you will need a residence permit. You may be granted a residence permit if you are married, have entered into a partnership, or have been cohabiting with someone who now lives in Sweden. The family member in Sweden must be a Swedish citizen, have a permanent residence permit, a right of permanent residence, or a permanent residence card.

Spouses, registered partners or cohabiting partners

You may be granted a residence permit if you are married, have entered into a registered partnership, or have been cohabiting with someone who now lives in Sweden.

Cohabiting partners means two persons who are not married but live together and have a “marriage-like” relationship with each other. It is not enough for you to have been living together when visiting as tourists, for example.

If you are married or a registered partner, your close relative should register your marriage or partnership with the Swedish Tax Agency.

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Read more about how to apply for a residence permit to move to a spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner in Sweden

If you are an EU citizen and want to move to a family member who is also an EU citizen, you may have right of residence. Then you do not need a residence permit.

Read more about right of residence for EU citizens' family who are EU citizens

Maintenance requirement

The person you are to live with in Sweden must be able to support you both. He or she must also have suitable accommodation in terms of size and standard, where you can live together when you move to
Sweden.

Read more about the maintenance requirement

You must be able to prove your identity

In order to obtain a residence permit to move to someone in Sweden, you must be able to prove your identity. You usually do this with a valid passport. If you cannot prove your identity with a valid passport, you may, in certain cases, obtain a residence permit by proving a biological relationship with the person in Sweden. This applies to families with children who have lived together outside of Sweden.

Read more about what applies for you who cannot prove your identity

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Sara and Felipe met when Sara was working in South America and they have lived together in Argentina for five years. They are not married, but have lived at the same address and have had both their names on the rental contract. They have decided to move to Sweden as Sara is pregnant. She has also found a job in Sweden, so she is able to support Felipe.

Felipe submits an online application to move to someone whom is already his spouse or cohabiting partner. He includes a copy of his passport, a copy of the rental contract showing that he and Sara have lived together, and a certificate showing that Sara is pregnant. As Sara is not registered as living in Sweden, they also include a copy of the contract of sale for the house they have bought in Sweden.

When the Swedish Migration Agency has processed Felipe's application, he is granted a permanent residence permit as he and Sara have already lived together abroad for such a long period. Felipe is also not required to have a visa to enter Sweden which means that they can travel to Sweden as soon as they have received the decision. After arriving in Sweden, Felipe schedules an appointment at the Swedish Migration Agency to have his photograph and fingerprints taken for the residence permit card. When the card is finished, it is sent to their address in Sweden.

Last updated: 2019-04-18

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