How to apply for a residence permit at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general to live with someone in Sweden
Applying online makes it easier for you to apply correctly
When applying online you are given clear instructions about how to fill in your application and what you should send with the application. This makes it easier for you to apply correctly and increases your chances of a quick decision.
The member of your family in Sweden can, as your representative, apply online for you if you give him or her a power of attorney. You can hand in a power of attorney for the member of your family when you visit the embassy or the consulate-general.
Fill in the application
Use the Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden form along with the Family details form. In your application, you enter information about yourself and the person you are joining.
If you have children under the age of 18 who will come with you to Sweden, use the Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden for a child under the age of 1 form. Fill out a separate form for each child.
In Sweden, both custodians have the right to participate in decisions concerning the child. Therefore, the other custodian who is not coming to Sweden must give consent for the child to move to Sweden. Consent can be in the form of a letter signed by the other custodian which states that he or she approves of the child moving.
The application form specifies which documents to enclose. Note that the embassy or consulate-general where you hand in your application may require additional documents. For more information, contact the embassy or consulate-general in question.
Submit your application to the embassy or consulate-general
You should submit your application to the Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you live. If there is no possibility to submit an application in your country, you must apply at the embassy or consulate-general closest to your country of residence. Please note that not all embassies or consulates-general handle migration matters. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before your visit to check whether they handle migration issues or to figure out which embassy or consulate-general does. Once you have submitted the application, the embassy or consulate-general will give you an appointment for an interview.
Most applicants will have to pay a fee in connection with handing in their application.
Bring your passport and originals of the documents you submitted with your application. During the interview you will have to answer questions about your relationship with the person in Sweden. Children applying must also attend.
If you receive a residence permit you will also receive a residence permit card. The card includes information such as your fingerprints and a photograph of you. The fingerprints and photograph are only stored on the card's chip.
If you need a visa to travel to Sweden, you need a residence permit card when you travel to Sweden. You will therefore be photographed and asked to provide your fingerprints in connection with your interview.
If you do not need a visa to travel to Sweden, you can travel without a residence permit card and submit information for the residence permit card to the Swedish Migration Agency after arriving in Sweden.
After the interview, your application will be sent to the Migration Agency in Sweden. You should expect it to take around four weeks for your application to reach the Migration Agency.
Questionnaire for the family member in Sweden
Once the Migration Agency has received your application, a letter will be sent to the member of your family in Sweden with questions about his/her income and home, and about your relationship. S/he has to answer the questions in the letter within four weeks.
The Swedish Migration Agency processes the application
For the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision about your application all the details need to be filled in and all necessary documents attached. This means that the processing time will be shorter if all the necessary information is included from the start than if information is added afterwards.
Note that the Migration Agency may in some cases need to further examine your application even if you have included all the required information and documents.
Waiting for a decision
Your permit must be ready before you travel to Sweden. While you are waiting for the decision about your permit, you can apply for a visa to temporarily visit Sweden. Your application for a visitor’s visa is processed by the embassy in the country where you live, and applications are always judged on an individual basis. A necessary precondition for being granted a visa is that the embassy is sure that you intend to leave Sweden when the visa expires. If you are granted a visitor’s visa, it is important that you return home when the visa expires and you must wait there for the decision regarding your residence permit. A residence permit will not usually be granted if you are in Sweden. You can only apply for a visa at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you live. Other member states that represent Sweden cannot grant visa applications during the period you are waiting. People with visa exemptions who are waiting for a decision regarding their residence permit can also temporarily visit Sweden.
Receiving the decision
The embassy or consulate-general will contact you when the decision is ready.
You need to bring your passport when collecting the decision. Some embassies and consulates-general send out the decision and the residence permit card by mail. Please contact the embassy or consulate-general for further information.