If you already are in Sweden and want to apply for a residence permit to live with someone in Sweden

If you want to live with someone in Sweden, the main rule is that you must submit your application from your country of origin or the country where you legally reside. Your residence permit must be ready before you travel to Sweden. In certain cases you may receive a residence permit without having to leave Sweden. This may apply to you if you already have another residence permit, or if you have or are expecting children.

If you already have a residence permit

If you are already in Sweden with a valid residence permit, you may in certain cases receive a new residence permit without having to leave the country. This may apply to you if you have, for example,

  • a work permit
  • a permit as a self-employed person
  • a permit for studies
  • a residence permit as a family member of a Swedish citizen, Nordic citizen or someone with a permanent residence permit
  • a residence permit as a family member of an employee with a residence permit, a self-employed person with a residence permit or a student with a residence permit for studies
  • applied for asylum and have received a temporary residence permit. It also applies to you if you have a temporary residence permit due to exceptionally distressing circumstances or to impediments to enforcement.

Your permit must be valid when you submit your new application. If you are in Sweden with a visa or a temporary visitor's permit, you can usually only be granted a permit for an extended visit, rather than a permit to settle in Sweden.

If you have a residence permit as a family member to an EU citizen with right of residence, you can no longer be granted an extension to your residence permit. However, you may have the possibility to apply for a residence card.

Read more about the residence card

If you have or are expecting children in Sweden

If you are in Sweden without a valid residence permit, you may in certain cases receive a new residence permit without having to leave the country. This applies to anyone who is the parent and guardian of a child who has a residence permit or who is a Swedish citizen, and those who have or are expecting children with a person who is a Swedish citizen or who has a permanent residence permit. You must also live with the child.

For this it is required that

  • you fulfil the conditions for a residence permit to live with someone in Sweden
  • it is clear that you would have received a residence permit if you had submitted your application before coming to Sweden and
  • it is not reasonable to demand that you return to your home country to apply.

The person you are going to live with in Sweden must be able to support you and must have a home which is of sufficient size and standard for you to live in.

Read more about comprising the ability to support the family and having a home of sufficient size and standard

The child's best interests

The impact on your child of being separated from his or her parent determines whether or not you can be granted a residence permit without having to leave Sweden. Your application may be rejected if

  • you do not meet the requirements for a residence permit to live with someone in Sweden
  • it is likely that the embassy will be able to process your application within a reasonable period of time
  • it is believed that your child will not be harmed by your temporary separation.

Your application may also be rejected if you have a criminal record or have been an illegal resident, or if you have provided false information.

If you have previously received a rejection of an application and been deported from the country

If the Swedish Migration Agency has previously rejected your application for a residence permit and expelled or deported you from the country, and the Migration Court has rejected your appeal (the decision has entered into force legally), special rules apply. The Migration Agency cannot determine your right to settle in Sweden - it can only determine whether there are obstacles to you returning to your home country (so-called impediments to enforcement).

Read more about impediments to enforcement when a person comes for protection and asylum (the same information applies to those who have not applied for asylum)

How to apply

You need to fill in the form Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden, number 161011. You and your partner are to jointly fill in the form Assurance of cohabitation – appendix to application for extended residence permit, number 243011B.

If the application is made for a child under the age of 18, you fill in the form Residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, number 163011.

If you have had a residence permit based on employment, for studies or as a self-employed person, you must also submit documents demonstrating your occupation in Sweden. These can be, for example, grades from studies or a certificate of employment and payslip.

Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden, form number 161011PDF

Assurance of cohabitation – appendix to application for extended residence permit, form number 243011BPDF

Residence permit to settle in Sweden – for a child under the age of 18, form number 163011PDF

Send your application to

The Swedish Migration Agency
Box 3100
903 03 Umeå

Last updated: 2017-07-14

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