Frequently asked ques­tions about the maintenance requirement

  • What does the maintenance and housing requirement mean?

    The maintenance and housing requirement means that you have to be able to support yourself and your family, and that you and your family have a home that is big enough.

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  • Who does the maintenance requirement apply to?

    The maintenance and housing requirement applies to almost everyone. Only children and refugees or persons in need of subsidiary protection whose family members apply within three months after they received a residence permit or protection status are exempt.

  • Do I need to be able to support the whole of my family or just myself?

    You must be able to support yourself and your family.

  • How can I show that I meet the maintenance requirement?

    You can, for example, show this with a certificate of employment or some other document that shows how you support yourself.

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  • What income do I have to have to meet the maintenance requirement?

    That depends on how big your family is and how high your housing costs are. You must have an income that corresponds to what is called a ‘standard amount’ when your housing cost has been deducted. This means that, after your housing has been paid each month, you have to have enough money to cover food, clothing, hygiene, telephone, household electricity, insurance and other minor outlays for temporary needs. 

    For 2020 the standard amount is:

    • SEK 5,002 for a single adult
    • SEK 8,264 for spouses or partners living together
    • SEK 2,654 for children aged 6 years or younger
    • SEK 3,055 for children aged 7 years or older.
  • How big a home do I need to have?

    For two adults without children it has to have at least one room and a kitchen or kitchenette. If children are also going to live there, more rooms are required. Two children can share a bedroom.

  • The home I rent is a sub-let, is that alright?

    Yes, if you can present a tenancy agreement.

  • Do I have to be able to show that I can support myself and my family when they apply or can I send in documents about my income later on?

    The Swedish Migration Agency will check that you are able to support yourself and your family members and that you have a home of a sufficient size and standard for all of you to live in when the application is received. You have to be able to use the home from when your family members come to Sweden. If you do not meet these requirements, your family will have their application for residence permits refused.

  • Do I need to also provide new maintenance and housing certificates when it is time to consider the application since waiting times are long?

    Some applications will need to be supplemented when they are going to be considered. If you have permanent employment and a long-term tenancy agreement when the application is made, you will not normally need to provide supplemental information.

  • How long do I have to be able to support my partner after they have been given a residence permit?

    There is no requirement that the close relative in Sweden has to be able to support their partner for a specific period after a residence permit has been granted.

  • Are there any exemptions from the maintenance requirement?

    People who have been given a residence permit because they have applied for asylum may be exempt from the maintenance and housing requirement. In that case the family that is going to move to Sweden must apply for residence permits within three months from when the person in Sweden was given their residence permit. The family must also not have the possibility of being reunified in a country outside the EU.

    Children under the age of 18 years whose parents are applying for residence permits on account of family ties to them do not need to be able to show that they can support themselves either.

  • Does the maintenance requirement also apply to quota refugees?

    If a close relative of a quota refugee applies for a residence permit, the maintenance requirement applies if the application was made more than three months after the quota refugee in Sweden was granted a residence permit. The maintenance requirement also applies if the family has the possibility of being reunified in a country outside the EU or if the relationship is new.

  • My partner is going to apply for a residence permit. Does the requirement for maintenance and a big enough home also apply to me if I am a Swedish citizen

    Yes. The maintenance requirement also applies to Swedish citizens irrespective of whether the relationship is new or well-established.

  • Does the new law also apply to people who have applied for a residence card, i.e. close relatives of EU or EEA citizens with a right of residence?

    No, the new rules do not apply to close relatives of EU or EEA citizens who are applying for residence cards.

  • My cohabiting partner who has lived with me for almost two years is going to submit an application to extend their residence permit. Do I have to send in papers showing that I can support myself and my partner?

    No. There are no maintenance requirements for an application to extend a residence permit.

Last updated: 2020-02-07

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