Frequently asked questions and answers about family reunification and maintenance requirements

  • Can my family come to Sweden?

    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 granted a temporary residence permit with protection status as a refugee or a person eligible for subsidiary protection
  • Here you can read about some examples to see what may apply to you and your family

    I have been granted refugee status

    Your immediate family has the opportunity to apply for a residence permit to come and live with you in Sweden for as long as your permit is valid. If your family applies more than three months after you were granted a residence permit, you may be subject to a maintenance requirement. The maintenance requirement also applies if you and your family have the possibility of reuniting in a non-EU country, or if the reunification concerns a new relationship.

    I have received subsidiary protection status

    Your immediate family has the opportunity to apply for a residence permit to come and live with you in Sweden for as long as your permit is valid. If your family applies more than three months after you were granted a residence permit, you may be subject to a maintenance requirement. The maintenance requirement also applies if you and your family have the possibility of reuniting in a non-EU country, or if the reunification concerns a new relationship.

    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 granted protection status as a refugee or a person eligible for subsidiary protection. In such instance, your parents and underage siblings have the opportunity to apply for a residence permit to come and live with you in Sweden for as long as your permit is valid.

    As a child, you are not subject to any 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 received a temporary residence permit, only your immediate family can apply to come and live with you in Sweden. Your spouse, partner or registered partner and your children under the age of 18 are considered to be immediate family members. Both you and your partner must be at least 21 years old. Exceptions to the age requirement can be made if you have shared children. If you are under the age of 18, your parents count as 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.