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Applying for a residence permit to move to a family member in Sweden

Residence permits to Sweden Visit the embassy All requests for interview appointments, appointments for submission of applications and other queries about residence permits should be sent by email to embassy.nairobi-visa@gov.se. The waiting times for interviews and submissions of applications is currently between 2-5 weeks.   _________________ If you have booked an appointment and you or your child/children have any symptoms of illness, you will not be admitted into the Embassy. If someone is ill, you must contact the Embassy in order to cancel your appointment. Needless to say, the cancellation should be done before the actual appointment. If you have 37,5 degrees Celsius or higher you will not be allowed to enter. Your temperature will be measured before entering. The Embassy will establish a list of visitors daily and if you are not on that list you will not be allowed to enter. When you book an appointment you have to mention if someone need to accompany you into the Embassy and why – also provide full names, correctly spelled, of the accompanying person and of course your own personal information. The Embassy will then decide if it is necessary or not, before the date of the appointment. If the Embassy finds it to be legitimate, the accompanying person will be put on the list. You also need to submit names of custodians/ holders of power of attorney if  accompanying minor child/children that will apply for a Swedish passport, visa or a residence permit or to be interviewed. Only child/children who has an appointment to apply for a passport will be admitted to the Embassy - if you have other children they must stay outside the premises. If you need an interpreter, i.e. you speak neither Swedish nor English (or Swahili if Migration matters), please let us know and the Embassy will book an interpreter - neither relatives nor friends will be admitted to interpret. All visitors are obliged to wear face mask at all time, while in the Embassy´s premises, unless instructed by the migration staff not to.  Application fees The updated fees you will find under "application fees". If you submit your application directly at the Embassy, you should pay the application fee to the following account: Do not make any payment until you have been instructed to do so Bank: Commercial Bank of Africa Ltd Account No: 6463710059 Currency: Kenyan Shillings Name: Embassy of Sweden WARNING: AVOID PEOPLE SELLING SERVICES FOR FAMILY REUNIFICATION The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been informed that there might be individuals falsely representing the Swedish Migration Agency or the Embassy in certain countries. These individuals are claiming that it is possible e.g. through payment, to obtain an earlier appointment for an interview at the Embassy or that the applicants needs to pay an additional fee for booking an interview at a specific Embassy - sometimes even using official letterheads and pretending to be officials. Please note that the Swedish Embassies and Consulates General have nothing to do with any individuals who offer services for payment. All appointments for interviews for family reunification are made through the Embassies and are free of charge.  Please visit the Swedish Migration Agency webpage for more information. Please contact the Embassy if you have any information that people are falsely representing Swedish authorities or if you suspect that somebody is trying to sell you services for additional charges (ambassaden.nairobi-visum@gov.se).

Submission

The embassy advises that you submit your application for residence permit online. Since 3 May 2021, the procedure for those who submit a paper application in order to apply for a residence permit to move to a family member in Sweden has been changed. Paper applications, submitted from 3 May 2021, will now be handled in the same way as an application in the e-service (online application). This means that there will no longer be an interview in connection with the paper application being submitted.

The Embassy will only receive the application, application fee and related documents and forward it to the Swedish Migration Agency. Once the Swedish Migration Agency has started to process your case, the applicant for a residence permit will receive a notification to make an appointment for an interview at the Embassy. In connection with that visit, the applicant will also be photographed, provide fingerprints and passport and other original documents will be checked. This information and more can be found at the Swedish Migration Agency’s website: www.migrationsverket.se .

If you apply for a residence permit to move to someone in Sweden and submit your application in the e-service, all information will be received by the Swedish Migration Agency directly. The processing can then begin more quickly as the application does not need to be sent to Sweden from the Embassy.

For those who cannot apply in the e-service (internet application), it is possible to give a power of attorney to the person you are moving to. He or she can then submit the application in the e-service for you.

Please find the form on this link: https://www.migrationsverket.se/download/18.4100dc0b159d67dc61478e2/1574955658362/Fullmakt_en_107011.pdf

If you still need to submit your application directly at the Embassy, please send an email to ambassaden.nairobi-visum@gov.se , after you have filled in an application and have all the required documents available.

The Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi currently handles residence permit applications for citizens of the following countries: Kenya, Somalia, Comoros, Seychelles, Rwanda and Burundi.

If you submitted your application online, you can check the status of your application on the Swedish Migration Agency website. You can check the following: student permit, work permit, residence permit, residence card, passport, Swedish citizenship and asylum applications.

 

AS A RESIDENT IN KENYA YOU ESPECIALLY HAVE TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING, IN ADDITION TO THE GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.

In case you want to visit Sweden for a period longer than 90 days, you can apply for a residence permit for visiting Sweden, and the following documents depending on your case are mandatory for the Embassy to consider your application.

  • CUSTODY AND MAINTENANCE OF KENYAN CHILDREN

If either of the parent is absent or missing, or a minor’s Birth Certificate has XXXX indicated under father’s name, then this must be supported by a legal custody order and accompanying documents submitted to the Embassy as listed below:

  • Certified and stamped copy of Court proceedings filed in the Children’s Court or a Magistrates Court that has been gazetted to handle children matters as established under Section 73 of the Children’s Act granting legal custody or guardianship order;
  • ALL legal pleadings filed including the custody order which bears the stamp and seal of the Court;
  • Original Birth certificate of the minor and Certified copy of Birth Certificate from the Principal Registrar of Births and Deaths duly stamped and signed in accordance with Section 7 and 10 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act Cap 149 Laws of Kenya;
  • Written consent from both parents if the child is travelling alone, or from the parent who is not accompanying the child, when travelling.
  • Original and signed copy of national identity card or passport of the parent not intending to travel to Sweden;
  • If one parent is deceased, the original death certificate and Certified copy of Birth Certificate from the Principal Registrar of Births and Deaths (stamped and signed) of the deceased parent.
  • Lastly, proof of service of the said legal custody order on the parent of the child not traveling to Sweden, either physically by a licensed process server or by way of Advertisement in a Daily Newspaper in accordance with Order V rule 17(4) of the Civil Procedure rules, 2010.
  • ADOPTION

The Embassy thus requires Applicants to provide ALL pleadings filed in the High Court as established under Section 154 of the Children’s Act for purposes of proving authenticity of Adoption Orders both local and international.

These include but not limited to:

  • Certified and stamped copy of court proceedings emanating from a High Court within the Republic of Kenya.
  • ALL pleadings filed in the High Court for appointment of Guardian Ad Litem in accordance with Section 160 and 164 of the Children’s Act and obtaining the Adoption Order either local or international adoptions;
  • Adoption Order duly stamped with the Court seal, as read in Section 154 of the Children’s Act;
  • A certified copy of an entry in the Adopted Children Register sealed or stamped with the seal of the Registrar-General’s Office as read in Section 169 (2) of the Children’s Act;
  • Written consent from every person whose consent is necessary as read in Section 158 (4) of the Children’s Act.
  • MARRIAGES

Applicants are requested to furnish the Embassy with the following documents for purposes of proving their marriage is authentic as recognised pursuant to Section 59 of the Marriage Act, Marriages Rules published thereunder and with guidance of the Mohammedan Laws and Practice under the Kadhi’s Court.

  • Civil, Customary, Hindu marriages: Original Certificate of Marriage or certified copy of Certificate of Marriage stamped and signed by the Registrar of Marriages and Divorce, duly signed letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi;
  • Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage for those engaged to be married;
  • Islamic marriages: Original Certificate of Marriage or Certified copy of Certificate of Marriage stamped and signed obtainable from the Kadhi’s Court, letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi.

 

  • DIVORCE

In order for an Applicant to prove that they have satisfied the Resident Magistrate Court within the Republic of Kenya, for the dissolution & divorce one has to submit the following:

  • Civil, customary, Christian, Hindu marriage: Certified and stamped with the Court seal Divorce Decree Absolute or Decree Nisi from a Chief Magistrate’s Court, Certificate of Divorce from the Registrar of Marriages and Divorce, ALL pleadings filed in Court for purposes of obtaining a divorce decree and duly signed and stamped Court Proceedings.
  • Islamic marriage: Certified and stamped Certificate of Divorce from the Kadhi Court with a visible Court seal, stamped and signed copy of the register of annulment or dissolution from the Registrar of Marriages and Divorce, ALL pleadings filed in Court for purposes of obtaining a divorce decree and signed and stamped Court Proceedings.

 

  • DEATH CERTIFICATE

In order to prove the authenticity of the death of a family member, Applicants are requested to submit an Original Death Certificate and a certified copy of the Death Certificate from the Principal Registrar of Births and Deaths duly stamped and signed.

This is in accordance with Section 7, 16 and 18 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act Cap 149 Laws of Kenya: Original Death Certificate, Certified copy of Death Certificate

  • IDENTITY DOCUMENTS

Applicants are in addition requested to submit the following documents, in order to prove their citizenship or identity: Birth Certificate, National Identity Card where applicable and valid Kenyan Passport.

  • REFUGEES

In accordance with the Refugee Act 2006, Laws of Kenya, all refugees need to prove they are legally residing in Kenya by submitting either a valid residence permit in Kenya or a registration with either UNHCR or Department for Refugee Affairs and/or valid Refugee Identity card  from the Department of Refugee Affairs. 

The Embassy´s jurisdiction is also covering Somalia, Seychelles and the Comoro Island, meaning that residents in the mention countries may also apply for residence permit and have their interviews conducted at the Embassy. The Embassy cannot handle applications for asylum and you are referred to UNHCR.

Last updated 31 Mar 2022, 7.03 PM