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

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and want to move to a family member in Sweden, you require a residence permit. You can be granted a residence permit if you are married to, have entered into a partnership with, or are the cohabiting partner of someone in Sweden. The family member in Sweden must be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit.

Spouses, registered partners or cohabiting partners

You are entitled to receive a residence permit if you are married to, have entered into a registered partnership with, or are the cohabiting partner of someone who lives in Sweden. Your partner should register your marriage or partnership with the Swedish Tax Agency.

Cohabiting partners refers to couples who are not married but live together as if married. It is not enough that you have lived together during a tourist visit.

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 going to live with in Sweden must be able to support both of you. He or she must also have a home of sufficient size and standard for you both to live in when you move to Sweden.

Read more about the maintenance requirement

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Dalaiya from Somalia has been granted a permanent residence permit as a refugee in Sweden. She now wants to reunite with her husband and children who live in Somalia. The husband and children do not have any identification documents. The family therefore have saliva samples taken at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa to show that they are biologically related. Dalaiya has a saliva sample of her own taken by the Swedish Migration Agency. As the samples show Dalaiya is the children's biological mother, all children are granted residence permits as they are below 18 years of age. Dalaiya's husband is also granted a residence permit as the test shows that he is the children's biological father. When submitting their applications, the husband and children also submit an application for aliens' passports to be able to enter Sweden.

The father and children have their fingerprints taken and are photographed at the Swedish Embassy in order to receive their residence permit cards and aliens' passports. They must show the residence permit cards when entering Sweden.

If you are applying for a residence permit for live with someone with whom you have lived for less than two years, you should apply for a residence permit to move to a future spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner

If you are applying for a residence permit for a child under 18 years of age, you should apply for a residence permit for a child

If you are applying for a residence permit for live with a close relative, you should apply for a residence permit for moving to a close relative in Sweden

Online application for persons from Somalia with children under 18 years of age

Last updated: 2017-09-12

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