If you want to move to Sweden to live with your family or a close relative, you need a residence permit.
Other rules apply if you or the close relative in Sweden are citizens of an EU/EEA country (other than Sweden). A close relative may for instance be a husband or wife, a common law spouse or a child (a minor).
You can always check the status of your application online via the Swedish Migration Agency’s website
The easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to apply online over the Internet. An online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Agency.
Follow the Swedish Migration Agency’s instructions for applying over the internet. Attach the documents electronically and pay the application fee using a VISA card or a MasterCard.
Your family member has to fill in a questionnaire. Once you have sent in your application, he or she will automatically receive an email with instructions. The family member must reply to the questions within two weeks.
Contact the Embassy once you have received an email from the Swedish Migration Agency to book an interview time. Once you receive a notification to book an interview with the Embassy, it means that the Swedish Migration Agency have gone through both your application and your family member’s replies, thus have transferred your case to the Embassy.
If you are unable to apply online, please ask your family member in Sweden to complete the electronic application form, attach copies of the requested documents, and pay an application fee (if applicable).
If you cannot or do not want to apply online, you can submit an application document in person to the Swedish Embassy. You need to make an appointment, before visiting the Embassy during Migration section opening hours. We have limited time slots for submission.
Please refer to the Migration Section's contact information here.
Bring along your passport and the originals of the documents you attached to your application.
If you applied online, the Swedish Migration Agency may also have asked you to bring additional documents to the interview.
If you applied in paper at the Embassy, you will have received a document stating your scheduled interview date and, if any, other missing documents to your application.
Children applying for a residence permit are also interviewed. If the child is too young or too immature, the person looking after the child is interviewed instead.
You may need to be photographed and fingerprinted for the residence permit card you will receive if you are granted a residence permit. This also applies to children.
After the interview, your case is transferred back to the Swedish Migration Agency. If you have neither attended the interview nor made contact with the embassy, your case is nevertheless transferred to the Swedish Migration Agency and your application may be rejected.
When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this through a valid email stated in your application. The actual decision will be sent to your family member in Sweden, if you have authorized him or her to represent you. Otherwise you will be informed of the decision by the embassy, which will contact you through email.
If you need a visa to enter Sweden, the card is ordered automatically if you have already been photographed and fingerprinted. If you have not been photographed and fingerprinted, you should contact the Embassy to make an appointment, so as to provide biometric data. Bring your passport that registered in the application for identification.
It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be made and delivered to the Embassy. It is therefore NOT recommended for you to purchase any tickets before you receive your card. Once the card has arrived, the Embassy will inform you through your email address to collect it without appointment on Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 11.00 hrs. You must bring your passport with you. It is recommended to check the status of your card before contacting the Embassy to collect it.
If you cannot be present at the Embassy to collect your card, you must authorize a third party to represent you. An original signed power of attorneymust be written in English appointing someone else to collect the card on your behalf. Copy of the representative’s passport or ID must be attached to the power of attorney in order to identify the representative on the applicant’s behalf.
All residence permit cards are sent to the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta unless applicant left biometrics after the decision is granted and requested for the card to be sent to Sweden.
The Embassy can only send the residence permit to the Consulate in Denpasar, Bali, not to private address.
If you have been granted a residence permit and do not require a visa, you travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there. Contact your nearest Swedish Migration Agency to have your photograph and fingerprints taken.