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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. 

Family members are:

  • Spouse/partner/common law spouse
  • The direct descendants (children) who are under the age of 21 or are dependents, and those of the spouse or partner.
  • The dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g. parents) and those of the spouse or partner.

Basic facts

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.

How to apply for an entry visa

Book an appointment

As a family member of an EU/EEA- citizen you should contact the Embassy directly on ambassaden.teheran-visum@gov.se 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.

Visit the embassy

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:

  • Application form (application form no. 119031, Application for Schengen Visa).
  • Your passport or travel document. Make sure that your passport has at least two blank pages.
  • Proof of relation. E.g.marriage certificate or birth certificate.
  • Copy of the EU / EEA national's passport or national identity card
  • If you are a dependent family member you must submit documents showing your dependence.

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.

Additional documents

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.

  • If your family member is settled in Sweden you must provide their "Personbevis" from the tax office.
    • Your family member must also provide documents showing your family member fulfil the criteria for having a right to residence in Sweden in accordance with the regulations in Directive 2004/38/EC. These documents could, depending on the situation, be a work contract and pay slips, a study certificate or documents showing your family member has sufficient income or bank assets to support themselves.
  • If your family member is not settled in Sweden you must provide proof of your family member's intention to settle in Sweden, such as a work contract, lease contract for apartment, admittance to a university and proof of sufficient funds. For further information regarding right of residence, please see link to web page of Swedish Migration Agency below, showing that you and your family member intend to travel together to Sweden or meet in the country.

It is generally not necessary to submit any other documents, although the Embassy strongly recommends that you always travel with valid travel insurance.

Wait for the decision

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.

More information

Directive 2004/38/EC

Swedish Migration Agency on EES family members