Permanent residence permits for children

Since 20 July, new requirements apply for anyone who wants to apply for a permanent residence permit. The Swedish Migration Agency is currently receiving many questions on how these new requirements affect children’s possibilities of obtaining permanent residence permits.

According to the new rules, it is no longer possible for a whole family to be granted permanent residence permits because one parent meets the requirements. Each individual person must themselves meet the requirements and this may lead to members of the same family having to wait different amounts of time to obtain a permanent residence permit. Many parents are therefore wondering what is required for their children to obtain permanent residence permits.

A child who has a residence permit on the grounds of family ties, a need for protection, impediments to enforcement or particularly distressing circumstances may be granted a permanent residence permit if

  • the child meets the requirements for an extended residence permit
  • the child has lived in Sweden with a residence permit for at least three years.

If the child is 15 years old or older, he or she must live an orderly life. A person can have their application for a permanent residence permit denied if he or she is suspected or convicted of a crime.

The new requirement that one must be able to support oneself to be granted a permanent residence permit only applies to individuals who have turned 18. A child can be granted a permanent residence permit even if neither of the parents meet the maintenance requirement.

Apply for a permanent residence permit for your child in connection with your application for an extended residence permit.

Read about how to apply for an extended residence permit for a child who has a residence permit on the grounds of a need for protection, impediments to enforcement, particularly distressing circumstances or as a family member of somebody who previously sought asylum