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Moving to Someone in Sweden

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).

Residence cards for family members of EU/EEA

Applicants from Malaysia

From May 1, 2019, the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok will be responsible for Residence and Work permit for applicants from Malaysia. Applicants will be required to contact the Swedish EMbassy in Bangkok to schedule an interview. After the interview has been conducted, Malaysian citizens do not require a visa and can travel directly to Sweden. Once your case is granted, a Residence and Work Permit card will be published and sent to your address in Sweden.

You can always check the status of your application online via the Swedish Migration Agency’s website

Applicants from Taiwan

From now on, Taiwanese citizens who have applied for a Residence and Work Permit to a reference person in Sweden will be required to schedule an interview with the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok. Please refer to the Migration Section's contact information here. After the interview has been conducted, Taiwanese citizens holding a passport with identity card number do not require a visa and can travel directly to Sweden. Once a Residence and Work Permit card is published, the card will be sent to your address in Sweden.

You can always check the status of your application online via the Swedish Migration Agency’s website

Applicants from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos

If you cannot submit your application online, submission of your application in paper is accepted during our opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 08.00 – 12.00 hrs. Note that after submission, you will be given an interview appointment at a later date. The interview is not conducted the same day as submission of your application unless you made an appointment with the Embassy in prior to your visit.

Note! If you cannot communicate in English/Swedish/Thai, you need to book an appointment for submission of your application in prior to your visit. To book a time for submission of your application, send an email to migration.bangkok@gov.se

Note! All appointments for interviews for family reunification are made through the Embassy and are free of charge. Please note that the Embassy has nothing to do with any individuals who offer these services for payment, and no agencies can influence the waiting time.

 

Applying

The easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to apply online over the Internet.

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.

Apply for a residence permit online

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. Please refer to the Migration Section's contact information here.

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, submissions are accepted on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 08.00 – 12.00 hrs. only. Please check our public holidays in prior to your visit.

Fee List for Residence Permit to live with someone in Sweden

Adult over the age of 18:               SEK 2,000   -   THB 6,570

Child under 18 years of age:         SEK 1,000   -   THB 3,280

   

Interview at the Embassy

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

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.

Check the status of your application

Processing time

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 by calling the telephone number you provided when applying for a residence permit.

If you are granted the residence permit

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 visit the Embassy without an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00 hrs., so as to provide biometric data. Bring your passport.

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, you can collect it without making an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00 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 attorney must be written in English/Swedish 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 Bangkok unless applicant left biometrics after the decision is granted and requested for the card to be sent to Sweden.

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. 

Last updated 05 May 2020, 9.44 AM