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Required documents

If you apply online, you attach the documents electronically. However, you have to present the originals of the documents when you visit the Embassy/Consulate.
If you apply on a paper form, you have to bring all the requisite documents to the Embassy/Consulate, together with the completed special application form described below.

Document requirements

All documents must be originals. Documents issued by the authorities in your country of origin must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator.
  • A valid passport and copies of relevant pages (personal information page, stamps and visas).
  • If you are not applying online, you need the form Application for residence permit to settle in Sweden, form no. 161011, and the form Family details, no. 239011. See heading below for information about children.

Married couples

  • Wedding certificate or marriage certificate
  • A document showing that the marriage has been registered in your country of origin (equivalent to a civic registration certificate in Sweden), where possible
  • Proof of national registration, a rental contract or proof of sale for your joint residence, or other document that shows you have lived together (applies to persons who have lived in a country other than Sweden).
  • If previously divorced, the original divorce document and official translation to English or Swedish.

Unmarried couples

  • Proof of national identity or other document showing that you are not married
  • Proof of national registration, a rental contract or proof of sale for your joint residence, or other document that shows you have lived together (applies to persons who have lived in a country other than Sweden)
  • If previously divorced, the original divorce document and official translation to English or Swedish.

Children under age

If you have children under 18 accompanying you to Sweden you can also apply for a residence permit for them in your online application.
  • If you are not applying online or if the child is applying alone/ with main applicant, Application for a residence permit for a child under the age of 18 to settle in Sweden, form no. 163011 and  Family details form no. 239011.
  • Birth or kinship certificate.
  • Written consent from the child’s custodian. This consent should let the kid live/settle in Sweden and must be from
    notarius publicus.  If there is only one custodian, a legal document /
    court decision showing that this is the case must be attached to the
    application.

Other close relatives

In special cases you can be granted a residence permit to move to another close relative in Sweden with whom you have lived in your home country. For example, if you are over 18 years old and your parents live here.

  • You should be able to prove that you have lived together immediately before your relative moved to Sweden and that you were socially and emotionally dependent on each other, and that this makes it hard for you to live apart.
  • The application should be submitted as quickly as possible after your relative moved to Sweden and was granted a permanent residence permit. Generally, it is not possible to receive a residence permit if the application is done a long time afterwards, or if the dependency has been established after your relative moved to Sweden.
  • A document certifying that you and your relative are dependent on each other and have difficulty living apart, e.g. for social, emotional or financial reasons
  • A document showing how you are related
  • A document showing that you lived together immediately before the relative moved to Sweden