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, a permanent residence card or have a temporary residence permit as a refugee or person in need of subsidiary protection.
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 are 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.
If your partner has a residence permit in Sweden in order to work or study you should apply for a residence permit as a family member to her or him.
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.
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.
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.
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 who is already his spouse or cohabiting partner. He encloses 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.