Permit for a family member of a self-employed person in Sweden
If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and a family member of a person who has been given a residence permit as self-employed person, you can get a residence permit for the same period. It must be shown that you are being supported financially. If the permit for the self-employed person 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 18.
How to apply
If the whole family applies at the same time, it is the self-employed person 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.
When you submit an online application, the self-employed person 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)
- a short letter from the person in Sweden in which they confirm that you are going to live together in Sweden, if you are not applying for a permit at the same time.
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 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 parent's 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 self-employed person 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.
Extending a permit if the self-employed person has been granted a permanent residence permit
If your family member is granted a permanent residence permit, different requirements apply for him or her when you apply for a residence permit at the same time. In most cases it is a requirement that the self-employed person meets a maintenance requirement.
If you intend to apply for an extension at the same time as the self-employed person has or is intending to apply for a permanent residence permit, you must 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
To be able to receive a permanent residence permit you must have held a residence permit in Sweden for a minimum of three years. You can apply for a permanent residence permit in connection with an extension of your residence permit. You will then apply as a close relative of a person with a permanent residence permit. You should apply before your current permit expires.
This e-service should only be used by you as a family member who wants to submit an application after the self-employed person has already completed his or her application and received their work permit. If you want to apply together with the self-employed person, you must do so in the self-employed persons 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 employees, 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.