Information for EU/EEA family members applying for a visa to enter the Schengen area
As a family member of an EU/EEA citizen exercising their right of free movement in accordance with Directive 2004/38/EC, you can get a visa through a facilitated process to travel with your family member or to join him/her in Sweden. Please note that this does not apply when the purpose of travel is purely touristic. In that case you should apply for an ordinary Schengen visa. To apply for a Schengen visa, please click here.
PLEASE NOTE that Swedish citizen living in Sweden are NOT exercising EU treaty rights and they do therefore NOT hold a right of residence based on Directive 2004/38/EC in their home country, unless they have recently moved back to Sweden from another EU/EEA country where they were exercising their right of free movement.
You can apply for a short-stay Schengen visa (type C) which will permit you to enter Sweden and the Schengen area.
Once in Sweden you should apply for a residence card for a family member of a EU/EEA citizen within three months for a Residence Card of a family member of a EU/EEA citizen. Information about how to apply is available on the Swedish Migration Agency webpage.
If the embassy finds that the directive is not applicable in your situation, you will be asked to pay the application fee so that your application can be processed as a regular visa application. You will also be able to hand in supporting documents asked for in the regular process.
As a family member of an EU/EEA- citizen you should contact the Embassy directly on email@example.com in order to receive an appointment. In the email you should attach a copy of your passport, your family member's passport or national ID card as well as a document showing your relation. You will usually be given an appointment within a few working days.
All family members of an EU or EEA national applying for a visa must at submit the following obligatory supporting documents at the appointment at the Embassy:
Please note that a family member of an EU or EEA citizen does NOT pay an application fee for Schengen visa when the directive is applicabale.
In addition to the documents listed above there might be, depending on the EU/ EES-citizen's circumstances, some additional documents required showing your family member's situation.
It is generally not necessary to submit any other documents, although the Embassy strongly recommends that you always travel with valid travel insurance.
When you submit your application, you are given a receipt with information of when you can collect the decision and your passport. It usually takes 14 days.