Permits for a family member of a person who has a work permit
If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and are a family member of a person who has a work permit, you can get a residence permit for the same period. If the permit is for more than six months, you can also get a work permit.
Who counts as a family member?
The following are counted as family members: wife, husband, cohabiting partner, registered partner and unmarried children under the age of 21. Unmarried children who are 21 years or older can be given a permit in certain cases. The requirement is that they are being supported financially by you or your partner.
Children of asylum seekers
Children of a person who has previously applied for asylum and is applying for a work permit without leaving Sweden must not be 18 years or older to get a residence permit.
Children born in Sweden
If you have a child that was born in Sweden you must apply for a residence permit for your child. The child can not get a permit until he or she has a passport, but you can send in an application and complete it with a copy of the passport later. You must also register the child's nationality with the Swedish Tax Agency.
Your close relative with a residence permit to work in Sweden, is subject to a maintenance requirement. This means that he or she must have enough income to cover the cost of housing and living expenses for themself and the family members. The maintenance requirement does not apply when you family apply for an extension.
How to apply
If the whole family applies at the same time, it is the person who has the employment who applies for the family in their own online application.
If that person is already in Sweden, you can make your own online application as a family member from your home country or any other country outside Sweden where you live.
When you submit an online application, the employee in Sweden must have a residence permit.
You will probably be required to pay a fee.
Enclose the following documents with your application
- copies of the pages in your passport showing your personal details, the passport’s period of validity and whether you have residence permits for countries other than your home country. If your passport is about to expire, you should renew it as you cannot obtain a permit for longer than the validity of your passport.
- a copy of a marriage certificate or the equivalent (applies to married couples and registered partners)
- proof of national registration, a lease or proof of purchase for your residence, or another document showing that you have been living together in your home country (applies to cohabiting partners)
- the form Frågeformulär om försörjning och bostad, filled in by the person in Sweden and with the documents required to prove that the person in Sweden can support themself and the family.
Make sure that the information on the documents you enclose is clearly visible. Check that the numbers and characters at the top and bottom of the passport pages is clear and legible.
If you have children under the age of 18 who are moving to Sweden with you, you must also enclose
- a copy of the child's passport, showing their personal data, photograph, signature (if applicable), passport number, country issuing the passport, the period of the passport's validity and whether the child has permission to live in countries other than their country of origin. If the child's passport is about to expire, it should be renewed as the child cannot obtain a permit for longer than the validity of the passport
- birth certificate or equivalent document on which the parents' names appear
- consent from the other legal guardian that the child may move to Sweden, if the other legal guardian is not moving with them to Sweden. It must be clear for what time the child is allowed to stay in Sweden. A copy of the other legal guardian's passport or other ID documents must also be enclosed
- court decision if you have sole custody or death certificate if the other parent is deceased
- adoption documents if the child was adopted.
You must show your passport
The Swedish Migration Agency must check your passport before a decision can be made. You may therefore need to show your passport at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general if you are outside Sweden, or one of the Migration Agency's service centres if you are in Sweden.
In some cases, you will not be required to show your passport, for example, if we have already checked your passport during a previous visit.
If you need to show your passport, we will contact you with information on how and when to do so.
If you need an entry visa or residence permit card to travel to Sweden, you will in most cases have your fingerprints taken and be photographed when you show your passport at an embassy or consulate-general.
The requirement to show your passport in person does not apply to children under the age of five, it is sufficient that the parent brings the child's passport to the visit. However, if the child needs a residence permit card, they must come along to be photographed for it.
Extending a permit
You can apply for an extension while you are in Sweden. If the whole family applies for an extension at the same time, it is the employee who applies for the family in their own web application.
If the employee has already been granted an extension, you can make your application in the e-service.
If your family member is granted a permanent residence permit, different requirements apply for them when you apply for a residence permit at the same time. In most cases it is a requirement that the employee meets a maintenance requirement. This means that in addition to a sufficiently large income they also needs to have a home that is of an adequate size and standard for all of you to live in.
If you intend to apply for an extension at the same time as the employee has or is intending to apply for a permanent residence permit, you must therefore enclose
- documents showing that your family member’s income is sufficient to support the whole family financially and that he or she has a home of sufficient size and standard for all of you to live in.
Permanent residence permit
You may apply for a permanent residence permit at the same time as your family member, but only after three years. You cannot be granted a permanent residence permit before your family member.
If you are aged 15 or over, it is a requirement that you are living an orderly life in order to be granted a permanent residence permit.
If you apply for a permanent residence permit and are aged 18 or over, you must also enclose documents showing that you
- are supporting yourself financially as an employee, such as an employment contract and your last three payslips
- are supporting yourself financially as a self-employed person, such as the registration certificate for your company, F-tax card, final tax statement for the previous income year, copy of income tax return 1 (together with copy of NE or N3A appendix), INK4HB (if you have a trading company) for the previous income year and a balance sheet and income statement for the current financial year. If you have a limited liability company, you must submit income statement 1 for the previous year, payslips for the last three months and the company’s most recent annual report and the income statement and balance sheet for the current financial year
- are exempted from the requirements to support yourself financially because you are entitled to a pension, for example a decision from the Swedish Pensions Agency stating that you are entitled to income-based retirement pension, guarantee pension or financial support for the elderly
- are exempted from the requirement to support yourself financially on other special grounds, for example a decision on entitlement to sickness benefit or activity compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, or a medical certificate.
If you are a child of an employee and have reached the age of 18, in order to be able to apply as a close relative of the employee, you must show that you are living together and that you have a social and emotional dependence on each other that makes it difficult for you to live apart.
Shorter processing times for complete applications
For the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision about your application, all the details need to be filled in and all necessary documents enclosed. 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.
After the decision has been made
The decision is sent to the embassy or consulate-general you selected in your online application. When you are going to collect it, you have to bring your passport.
If you get a permit for more than three months, you are given a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints.
If you need an entry visa or residence permit card to travel to Sweden, you will in most cases have your fingerprints taken and be photographed when you show your passport at an embassy or consulate-general. You need to do this even if you have previously had a residence permit card, as your photo and fingerprints are not saved. Contact the embassy or the consulate-general before your visit. When your residence permit card is ready, the embassy or consulate-general will hand over or send the finished card. Bear in mind that it can take up to four weeks to produce and deliver the card to the embassy or consulate-general after you have received your decision. Your residence permit card has to be presented along with a valid passport when you travel to Sweden.
If you can travel to Sweden without a visa, you should be able to present a copy of the decision when you enter the country. As soon as you come to Sweden, you have to visit the Migration Agency to be fingerprinted and photographed. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.
If the Migration Agency refuses the application
If the Migration Agency refuses your application, you may appeal the decision within three weeks of the day you received it. Information on how to do this can be found in the decision.
This e-service should only be used by you as a family member who wants to submit an application after the employee has already completed his or her application and received their work permit. If you want to apply with the employee, you must do so in the employee's e-service when he or she makes their application.
If you do not apply online
If you cannot apply online, you must fill out the form Application for permit for family members of workers, researchers, athletes or coaches and self-employed persons, 133011, and submit it to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in your country of residence. The application form specifies which documents to enclose. Every person who is going to move to Sweden has to make their own application. For children under 18, it is the legal guardian who applies for the child. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit your application.
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. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit your application for further information.
If you are applying at an embassy or consulate-general, you pay the fee when you hand in your application. For more information about the fee, contact the embassy or consulate-general where you are applying, as they do not have the same fees and terms of payment as the Migration Agency.