Frequently asked questions and answers about family reunification and maintenance requirements

  • Can my family come to Sweden?

    The right to family reunification depends on what type of protection status you have and, in certain cases, it also depends on when you applied for asylum.

    Your family has the possibility of applying for residence permits to move to you in Sweden if you

    • have been given a permanent residence permit
    • have been given a temporary residence permit with protection status as a refugee
    • have been given a temporary residence permit with protection status as a person eligible for subsidiary protection and applied for asylum no later than 24 November 2015.

    If you have been given protection status as a person eligible for subsidiary protection and applied for asylum after 24 November 2015, you only have the right to family reunification in exceptional cases.

  • Here you can read about some examples to see what may apply to you and your family

    I have been given refugee status and applied for asylum before 24 November 2015
    Your immediate family have the possibility of applying for residence permits to come and live with you in Sweden for as long as your permit is valid. You may then be covered by a maintenance requirement.

    I have been given the status of a person eligible for subsidiary protection and applied for asylum before 24 November 2015
    Your immediate family have the possibility of applying for residence permits to come and live with you in Sweden for as long as your permit is valid. You may then be covered by a maintenance requirement.

    I have been given refugee status and applied for asylum after 24 November 2015
    Your immediate family have the possibility of applying for residence permits to come and live with you in Sweden for as long as your permit is valid. You may then be covered by a maintenance requirement.

    I have been given the status of a person eligible for subsidiary protection and applied for asylum after 24 November 2015
    You only have the right to family reunification in exceptional cases.

    This can, for example, involve persons with an extraordinarily serious health condition or persons who have been victims of human trafficking. In most cases resident permits are not granted for family members.

    I am under 18 years and have come to Sweden without my family
    As an unaccompanied minor you have the possibility of family reunification if you are given protection status as a refugee. Your parents will then be able to apply for residence permits to come and live with you in Sweden for as long as your permit is valid.

    If you are given protection status as a person eligible for subsidiary protection, you only have the right to family reunification in exceptional cases.

    As a child , you are not subject to a maintenance requirement.

    I have been given a permanent residence permit
    Your family has the possibility of applying for residence permits to come and live with you in Sweden. You may then be covered by a maintenance requirement.

    Read more about family reunification and the maintenance requirement here

  • Does the maintenance requirement also apply to quota refugees?

    If a family member of a quota refugee applies for a residence permit, the maintenance requirement applies if the application was made more than three months after their family member 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.

  • Who are counted as family?

    If you have been given a temporary residence permit, only your immediate family can apply to come and live with you in Sweden. The following are counted as your immediate family: husband, wife, cohabiting partner or registered partner and your children under 18 years of age. Both you and your partner must have turned 21 years and you must have lived together for at least two years. An exemption can be made from the age requirement if you have common children. If you are under 18 years, your parents are counted as members of your immediate family.

    If you have been given a permanent residence permit, other close relatives also have the possibility of applying to come and live with you in Sweden in exceptional cases.

    Read more about residence permits for other close relatives

  • 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 large enough.

    You can read more about the maintenance and housing requirement here

  • 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 to when your 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.