3.4 Permits for other relatives

  • 3.4.1 Work permits for other relatives
  • 3.4.2 Residence permits for study purposes
  • 3.4.3 Visitors' permits for relatives

According to the Swedish view, the following persons are considered as family members to a member of a mission:

  • Wife/husband/registered partner or cohabitee;
  • Unmarried children under 21 years of age who reside exclusively in the principal household;
  • Unmarried children under 23 years of age who are attending an institution of higher education in Sweden on a full-time basis but continue to form part of the household.

Should other family members (adult sons/daughters, parents, grandchildren, etc.) wish to reside with the diplomat in Sweden, they must apply for a residence permit to the Swedish Migration Agency through the Swedish embassy in the country of origin or at the nearest Swedish embassy in the region. Residence permits may be granted for work, studies or visits.

3.4.1 Work permits for other relatives

Other family members (adult sons/daughters, parents, grandchildren, etc.) who wish to work in Sweden may apply for a work permit at a Swedish embassy abroad when they have received a firm offer of a job. The Swedish Migration Agency is the authority responsible for handling these applications. The work permit must be received before departing for Sweden.

More information about how to apply for a residence permit to work in Sweden: The Swedish Migration Agency

3.4.2 Residence permits for study purposes

A residence permit is required to study in Sweden for more than three months. The residence permit must be obtained before departing for Sweden. To study for less than three months, a visa may be required.

Applications for a residence permit to study at a university or college in Sweden can be submitted online directly to the Swedish Migration Agency and are given priority.

For other studies at other educational institutions, applications can be submitted in person to the nearest Swedish embassy.

Further information: The Swedish Migration Agency

If a visa is required, applications should be submitted to the nearest Swedish embassy as soon as possible. The embassy should be contacted before the visit.

If an entry visa is not required, it is possible to travel to Sweden without a residence permit card if a decision from the Migration Agency can be presented when entering Sweden. In these cases, the documentation for a residence permit card is submitted to the Migration Agency after arrival.

3.4.3 Visitors' permits for relatives

Relatives who do not wish to work or study in Sweden may be granted a visitors' residence permit for visits exceeding 90 days. The Swedish Migration Agency will normally only grant such permits for a maximum period of nine months.

An application for a visitors' residence permit must be approved by the Swedish Migration Agency prior to arrival in Sweden. An application can be submitted to a Swedish Embassy or Consulate General. 

Further information about how to apply for a residence permit in Sweden: The Swedish Migration Agency

Relatives of staff members who wish to visit for a period of less than 90 days should apply for a Schengen visa (C visa). The applications should be submitted to the nearest Swedish embassy in the region.

Further information about how to apply for a visit visa: The Swedish Migration Agency

Contact

Protocol Department
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Visiting address Gustav Adolfs torg 1
Address 103 39 STOCKHOLM
email to Protocol Department