How to get a Swedish Resident Card (Uppehållskort) through Marriage

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I applied for and obtained a residence permit as a non-EU citizen married to an EU citizen who registered her right to reside in Sweden. This procedure is essentially the same for any non-EU citizen applying to live in Sweden through marriage to an EU citizen (and a similar process for marriage to a Swedish citizen, however Swedish citizens cannot bring their spouses to Sweden immediately). I was living in Sweden from start to finish when I applied and it took about six months until I received a residence permit that was valid for five years. It is possible for Migrationsverket – the government agency in charge of issuing residence cards – to issue a residence permit, known in Swedish as an uppehållskort, sooner, and in some cases this process does not cost anything. And remember that the initial residence permit is not a permanent residence permit- you can apply for this after you have been in the country five years.

The process for obtaining a residence card or Uppehållskort in Sweden through marriage or a civil partnership can be completed in the following steps:

  1. Meeting spouse / common law partner / registered partner prerequisites

  2. Application to Migrationsverket

  3. Biometric and photograph appointment

  4. Additional Information

Step 1. Spouse Requirements for you to Apply for an Uppehållskort

As you are a non-Swede and member of a non-European Union country, your spouse must meet certain obligations to sponsor you, and your children if you have any.

First, the sponsoring spouse must have the right of residence in Sweden if he or she is not a native Swedish national or permanent resident. All EU/EEA-member country citizens have this right, as does anyone with a valid residence permit.

As a non-EU citizen you are also subject to the maintenance requirement. Recent changes in the law mean that EU citizens are also subject to the maintenance requirement. This requirement includes:

  • Proof of employment or capacity to provide financial support

  • A home with at least a kitchen or kitchenette, a living room and bedroom for two people, and one additional bedroom for additional children, with two children being able to share one room. The home can be sub-rented with approval of the landlord

A note about the maintenance requirement- non-EU citizens must be able to provide for themselves, even if they are married to an EU/EEA citizen (excluding marriage to Swedish citizens), however Migrationsverket will take the income of both people into consideration for this.

If your spouse or partner is Swedish or a permanent resident, he or she will simply need to obtain a family status report/civic registration (Familjebevis för uppehållstillstånd) from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

Step 2. Applying with Migrationsverket

Once you have reached this step you and your spouse can begin collecting all the papers you will need for your application. You can apply online or print off the following applications and mail it in. Online you have two choices for an application route:

  • Application for a residence permit to join your spouse or common-law partner (already married or have cohabited abroad)

  • Application for a residence permit to come to Sweden and marry/cohabit with your spouse/common law partner (not yet married or have no prior history of cohabitation)

You will also be wondering if you can apply when you are already in Sweden. Here are the rules for that:

  • If your spouse or partner (you are already married or you have lived together abroad) is Swedish or a permanent resident you will need to apply through the Swedish embassy in your home country and wait until you receive a residence permit

  • If you are already married or have lived together and your spouse/partner is an EU citizen (not counting Swedes or permanent residents) you can apply for a residence permit after you have arrived in Sweden (for instance, you arrive in Sweden as a tourist and then apply) — **Note for people in this situation: I wrote this in 2012, and as of 2016 it seems this process may have changed that the couple first register with Skatteverket (the Swedish tax agency) and then apply for the residence permit with Migrationsverket. I haven’t had anyone write who successfully completed the process in this way yet, but here are two points of relevant discussion (point 1, point 2)

  • If you are not married and have not previously lived together and wish to become married or cohabit with someone in Sweden you must apply and obtain a residence permit before you enter Sweden

And there is also a gray area. What if you want to marry a Swede, apply in your home country, and then travel to Sweden on a tourist visa, returning to your home country before your visa expires? What if you come to Sweden on a tourist visa and decide to get married all of a sudden? These are the types of questions are answered in the forum section below.

Required Documents to Submit with Your Application

Whether you apply online or by mail, you will need to include certain documents with your application, and these must be in either Swedish or English:

  • Main application for Residence Permit form 161011

  • If you are moving as a spouse/partner to a non-Swede, non-permanent resident who is from an EU country and registered in Sweden, use form 145011

  • Family Details form 239011

  • Copy of passport pages showing your name and expiration date

  • If you are moving to a Swede or permanent resident, the person you are moving to must obtain a family status report (Familjebevis för uppehållstillstånd) from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). This is a type of civic registration certificate

  • If you are moving to a non-Swede, EU state member spouse/partner then submit a marriage certificate or documents showing you have lived together

  • If you have a child under 18, use form 163011
  • Fees: SEK 1,500 for adults and SEK 750 for each child. Exemptions to the fees apply to the following:

    • If you are from Switzerland or Japan

    • If you are moving as a spouse/partner…

      • to a person designated as being in need of protection

      • to a person who is from another EU member state and has registered their right of residence in Sweden

Note that there are additional forms for people applying to Swedish missions in the United States, Russia, Serbia, India and Switzerland. These, along with all other applications and questionnaires, can be found on Migrationsverket’s forms page. You may also need to include additional information as specified in your application, such as bank account statements, proof of health insurance, etc.

Step 3. Biometric and Photograph Appointment

Regardless of your application path for a residence permit, before you get this you will need to be photographed and fingerprinted. If you are abroad and notified by mail that you are qualified to obtain a residence permit you may enter Sweden by presenting this notification and your valid passport if you do not need an additional visa. Once you are in Sweden (and if you have been there all along and receive this notification) you will need to make an appointment to get your fingerprints and photograph taken.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden you should contact your country’s Swedish embassy where you can be photographed and fingerprinted. They will mail your residence permit once it is ready.

In my case Migrationsverket lost the photographs they took of me at their main office in Solna and I only discovered this after my residence permit was late in arriving by two weeks, and then only after I called them to ask if there were any problems. That also meant waiting another two weeks for the next available appointment, so make sure to monitor this process and mark the dates on your calendar.

Step 4. Additional Information

Waiting Times

I applied for my residence permit within Sweden as a non-EU member moving to an EU member registered in Sweden whom I had married abroad. It took about six months before the permit came in the mail, and that is including one month that got burned because my photographs were lost. It is prominently advertised that if you apply online your wait time will be significantly less. Migrationsverket writes on its wait time webpage that paper applications are processed in 14 months and online applications take 10 months.

When you Arrive

Make sure to bring the following documents with you when you come to Sweden:

  • Marriage certificate or proof of union and if possible, proof that the marriage is registered in the arriving spouse/partner’s home country

  • If you are coming as a co-habitee, bring a lease or apartment rental contract showing you have lived together before

  • If bringing children, bring their birth certificates

  • Any other documents showing that the person you are moving to is emotionally and personally close to you and that you strongly want to live together

  • Proof of health insurance, if any

  • Bank account statements

Taking the Next Steps

Once you have your residence card you can breath a sigh of relief, but you still cannot yet work legally. To do this you will need to apply with the Swedish Tax Authority, also known as Skatteverket. This agency is completely separate from Migrationsverket, and an application for your personal number (personnummer) that allows you to work involves many of the same documents you will have submitted for your residence permit.

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Please note that I’m just an average person who got a residence permit in Sweden. Perhaps I can offer useful suggestions for you if you are in a very similar situation as myself. Otherwise, I really can’t provide you with any better information than what you would find on the Migrationsverket website.

If you have questions about immigrating to Sweden that aren’t based on my own situation (and even if you do), please check through the following links and comment directory. Feel free to ask any question, as I hope someone out there who was in a similar situation might be reading and leave you a relevant answer. I’ll periodically organize questions and sort them by category, however I can’t guarantee a response.

Most important of all, I would encourage anyone who asks a question to post back later with details about how their situation turns out. This is where we can all get the most valuable details.

After reviewing this page, if you have additional questions please see the Ask a Question page.

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Helpful Migrationsverket Website Links:

Skatteverket – Swedish tax agency responsible for issuing the personal number/personnummer (in English and other languages)

Law Aliens Act (2005:716) (I can’t guarantee this is the most-up-to-date version with all amendments, but it is the legal basis for the residence permit)

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The following discussions are sorted by these categories:

  • Health insurance and healthcare in Sweden
  • Questions regarding engagements, marriage, and common-law partnerships
  • Applying for a residence permit/personnummer inside of Sweden
  • Applying for a residence permit/personnumer outside of Sweden / Moving to Sweden
  • Coming to Sweden/travel while residence permit application is being processed
  • Studying / student status in Sweden
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Questions Regarding Engagements, Marriage, and Common-Law Partnerships

Applying for a Residence Permit/Personnummer Inside of Sweden

Applying for a Residence Permit/Personnummer Outside of Sweden / Moving to Sweden

Coming to Sweden/Travel While Residence Permit Application is Being Processed

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  1. michelle

    hello I just want to ask about the health insurance.. I just recently got my residence card and my husband wanted me to move to Sweden by the end of the month. I just wondering what type of insurance do I need to provide? thanks

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    1. Administrator

      Congratulations on the residence card. You must be asking about long-term insurance while you are there, because you had to show proof of current health insurance that was valid in Sweden when you applied for the residence permit, correct?
      To get into the Swedish healthcare system you need to get a personal number through the Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket). The most common way of doing this is by finding someone in Sweden who will make you a job offer. You are eligible for the same health insurance as Swedes once you have a personal number. Emergency medical coverage for you starts as soon as you make an application with the Skatteverket for a personal number.
      When it comes to applying for a residence card or renewing a residence card, you need to have health insurance that will cover any costs that might be incurred in an emergency. This means insurance coverage with a maximum limit of at least 30,000€ (~246500 SEK).
      Hope this helps, good luck

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  2. Lydia Nicoll

    Hi, I am an American citizen marrying a Swedish Citizen and we are currently living together in Sweden. I am on a temporary visitor’s permit which expires 28 February 2015. (No I didn’t apply for residency before moving here, we previously lived in China and if you think Sweden is bureaucratic hell then you haven’t been to China) Is it possible to gain a residency permit while I am here, or do I have to go back to the US? Or can I apply at a Swedish embassy in another country (we live very close to Copenhagen) and wait for it here in Sweden? Or can I apply online now, then go to the US to get the actual permit? Basically I am attempting to not have to leave for any real length of time, I’ve been offered an unpaid internship beginning mid January and having to wait in the US for a permit would make me sacrifice the position.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Congratulations on your upcoming marriage- according to the official material from Migrationsverket you can only apply to live in Sweden with a spouse, common-law partner, or future spouse or common-law partner, if you are currently residing in your home country.

      You’ve probably already looked at the relevant pages from Migrationsverket, however this doesn’t address your specific situation that you are already living legally in Sweden.

      I was in a similar situation as you and I was permitted to apply for my residence permit while already in Sweden and remain in Sweden while the application was processed (and eventually approved). From this experience it would seem like there is good reason to hope for you. Because your specific in-country situation isn’t addressed on the official material from Migrationsverket, your best option may be to make an appointment with someone in that agency and tell them about your circumstance.

      Some back up options could be to talk with the organization that is offering you the internship and see if they know about any way of getting you a work permit as a volunteer so you can stay in Sweden. You could also see about enrolling in a university (some university programs are free to study) and getting a residence card based on the fact that you are a student.

      Also keep in mind that ultimately a residence permit based on any of these justifications will require you to show Migrationsverket that you have health insurance and enough money (between the two of you) to support yourself while you are in Sweden — 10,800 SEK per month for two people.

      In any case good luck — once you get it figured out feel free to post again with an update. Don’t get discouraged from Migrationverket’s general online material – wait until you speak with someone.

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      1. Isabelle Strom

        Hi!

        I am in a similar situation but with Sambo Visa. However I have some questions you may know more about.

        I am Swedish citizen who moved to New York last august, met an American guy in October, fell in love and now I have to go back to finish my Medical Program that I have 2,5 years left of. Me and my boyfriend have spent every day together since October. Except when he went back to his hometown one week and vacation one week. So we have a really close relationship.

        However it feels awful that I may need to leave him when I am goin back in August. I just found out this Sambo Visa and we, of course, applied for it directly. But it says it takes a long time to get the Sambo Visa, like 5 months. My boyfriend apartment lease and job ends in August so it would be the absolute best if he could come with me even if we wait for the decision.

        He has applied for jobs but he is a film maker and most jobs in film production business are freelancing and it seems so hard to get work permit for that. However, he has also applied for Eures Jobs as waitress and such because he really wanna live there with me and maybe freelance on the side.

        Sorry for long text.
        I have some questions now:
        1. Can my boyfriend come with me as an tourist to Sweden?
        2. You mentioned free universities for Non-EU citizens. What kind of universities are free, with like basic courses (we will live in Stockholm). He has already a Bachelor Degree from University. (We live in Sweden) to study for and can he apply from Sweden and get Student Visa from here?

        Thank you!

        Best
        Isa

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello Isabelle,
        I’m afraid I can’t offer you much useful information- I’ve just read the main migrationsverket webpage about “moving to someone in Sweden,” and as far as I see it doesn’t say you can’t be a tourist while you have a pending sambo application, just that you must make your sambo application from outside of Sweden. Maybe the Swedish version has more details?

        For your second question, I would also defer to the information you could find in Swedish about the topic of education and student visas. However, to get a resident permit based on being a student, a US citizen would need to be admitted to a full-time university program. I would guess that for most traditional university programs one would need to apply many months in advance to be accepted. However maybe you could find a spot somewhere, pay tuition, and then he could choose whether or not to actually go to classes. This site has some information about student visas: https://studyinsweden.se/how-to-apply/residence-permits-and-visas/

        Besides hoping for a quick processing time on the Sambo visa, it sounds like the best option might be a work visa. Maybe he could work out something about being a self-employed film guy? https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Working-in-Sweden/Self-employment.html

        I wonder if anyone in his situation has ever come to Sweden as a tourist and then applied for asylum? They have a backlog of asylum applications right now, and he can always extend the process by appealing.

        All the best of luck

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  3. Jen

    I am an EU resident (British) and my spouse has just got a job in Sweden, she has applied for her personnummer which is on its way. I can move to Sweden with her and have right of residence (as an EU citizen) but the tax office will not issue me a personnummer without a health certificate from the UK Govt. Unfortunately the UK have decided to stop issuing these due to cost savings so I am stuck in a grey area I can move to Sweden with my spouse but will not be able to get healthcare, insurance (or even an Ikea card!) without the personnummer.
    Does anyone know any way around this?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Jen,

      Yes you are correct- however you apply for a personnummer (as a spouse/common-law parter/registered partner OR as an EU citizen taking advantage of your right of residence) you will need to show proof of comprehensive health insurance that is valid at least one year.

      I found some information about a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that is free for UK citizens- maybe this might work. In any case I would contact Skatteverket and tell them about your situation.

      When I was applying for my residence card (albeit this is from a different agency Migrationsverket — not Skatteverket) I was supposed to meet this same health insurance requirement. I had private travel insurance from a US company with a coverage limit of ~245000 SEK that cost about 275 SEK per month. That worked on my application, so from that experience it would seem “comprehensive” health insurance is open for interpretation. Good luck!

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      1. Dayan

        Hello! I’m Dayan I’m planning to bring my boyfriend here in sweden. is it possible that he can come to sweden with a permanent visa? i lived in sweden for almost 3 years but im not yet a citizen. Last april 2016 i go back to my country and stay there for almost 6 months ang then go back here in sweden but my problem is now that im pregnant that why i need to go back here in sweden to give birth that why im asking if ist possible that i can bring the father of my child here even if im not yet citizen?

        Sincerly Dayan!

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello Dayan, first to confirm: neither you nor your boyfriend are EU/Nordic citizens or permanent residents. In this case I can’t find any information that would allow your boyfriend to come and join you in Sweden. From what I’ve read on Migrationsverket you must be at least a permanent resident of Sweden or a Nordic country. Sorry for the depressing answer, but perhaps I’m missing something and someone from Migrationsverket (or another reader here) could provide you with more optimistic information. Good luck!

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  4. ALLAN STROM

    hello i applied for a resident permit to be with my Swedish partner while in Sweden but we have both lived in another european country before moving back. I got a letter from immigration saying i could be rejected because i am applying while in Sweden and general rule is that i apply from my home country. I was told if i want my case to be processed i should pay the application fee 1500sek and i can call them if i have any questions. I did contacted the migrationsverket permit unit since the letter came from them and i stated the reasons i cant go back at the moment but i was told they will write that down but i have to wait until a case officer is assigned to be. My Swedish partner is 3 months pregnant and i have notified migrationsverket and i was told to send in the pregnancy certificate/ ultrasound as they need to see proof of that and it will be attached to my application. But somehow i still don’t know what the outcome and the decision to my application will be. For now i know i submitted every required documents they asked of me. Wondering if you have any idea on this or if you have witnessed it happen to someone and whether it turned out good or bad for them, Thanks.

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    1. Administrator

      Hello Allan- congratulations on your upcoming baby!

      Judging from the document through this link (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Protection-and-asylum-in-Sweden/If-you-have-or-are-expecting-children-in-Sweden.html) it looks like you can apply for a residence card while in Sweden if your partner is Swedish or a permanent resident, and/or your child will be a Swedish citizen. Under the heading, “If you have or are expecting children in Sweden”:

      “If you are in Sweden without a valid residence permit, you may in certain cases receive a new residence permit without having to leave the country. This applies to anyone who is the parent and guardian of a child who has a residence permit or who is a Swedish citizen, and those who have or are expecting children with a person who is a Swedish citizen or who has a permanent residence permit. You must also live with the child.”

      Good luck and feel free to update how it goes for you

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      1. allan

        Thanks so much for your reply and concern, i got same e-mail from the migrationsverket that i can get permit if i am expecting or have a child with a swedish or someone with a permanent resident in sweden, so right now we are waiting for the form they said my swedish partner will fill and enclose her medical pregnancy proof too. We are both hoping for the best but for now we are waiting and they said the asylum case they have makes things though meaning there are long waiting line and time on applications that we have to have patience. I will keep updating if something new happens.
        Regards,
        Allan.

  5. Rroku

    Hello sir ! I am from Albania we are not in Eu but we can travel in shengen area i am married with woman from eu ,she lives and work in sweden we marry in sweden ,Can You tell me pls what kind of documents i need and how can i apply for swedish residence Thanx

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Rroku!

      Your EU-citizen wife living in Sweden will need to take the initiative for applying. She must register that she lives and works in Sweden first, then you can apply. She can find the information she needs on this site.

      According to that site, she needs to register with the tax agency Skatteverket.

      Once she has registered you can apply for a residence permit through Migrationsverket. The list of documents you will need can be found here.

      The application you will need to submit (by mail or in person) to a Migrationsverket Permit Unit Office is Application for Residence Card form 145011, which can be found here:

      I was in the same situation as you about three years ago, and from reading Migrationsverket’s website it looks like they have changed their procedure slightly. When I did this the process was: EU-citizen wife registers her residence with Migrationsverket, then I can apply for a residence permit through Migrationsverket. Now it looks like EU citizens do not need to register their residence through Migrationsverket, but instead register to get a tax number through Skatteverket. To be honest the Migrationsverket website is a bit confusing. However in your case – whether your wife needs to register with Migrationsverket or Skatteverket – either way should be just a matter of filling out paperwork. I would think the hardest part of this whole process is you meeting the conditions for a residence permit, but if you are married and your wife is working this should be easy.

      Good luck! Feel free to post back later on how it goes

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  6. Josh

    Hi. I am a New Zealand citizen who is married to Danish passport holder. We are planning to move to Sweden. My wife has been offered a job teaching and I will be able to pick up some part time work at the school. We arrived in Europe in the middle of April. My wife will get a tax number as soon as possible so that I can then apply for a residence permit. We plan to travel around Europe for a month or two as my wife’s job will not start until August. My questions are based around timing as my 3 month tourist visa will expire in July. Am I able to stay in Sweden after this date if I have applied for a residence permit? And if so what proof will I then have that I am allowed to be in Sweden? I was also wondering what happens if I need to leave Sweden for a short period of time while I am waiting for my residence permit?
    Thanks, Josh

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello again Josh,

      I did some more research and found these three sites that may be helpful for you:
      http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showtopic=59086
      http://www.expatica.com/nl/visas-and-permits/Dutch-re-entry-visa-for-returning-to-the-Netherlands_108435.html

      One of those applies to The Netherlands, but I would guess the idea is the same as they are in the EU and the Schengen Area. Of course take the forums with a grain of salt, and I would say your only certain answer will come from an email or talk with Migrationsverket.

      To sum it up, the expatica site says you would need a return visa to come back to The Netherlands if your application for a residence permit is pending when you leave (and later on The Local site someone says that Sweden doesn’t even offer such a thing as a “return visa”).

      The thread in The Local forum may be more helpful, and looks like it was started by someone who was in a very similar situation as yourself. According to that forum, one point is that commercial vessels (buses, airplanes, ferries) are not allowed to transport you to Sweden unless you have a valid official document, such as a residence permit. Another point was from someone who said she talked with migrationsverket and was told she could not leave Sweden and return without a valid residence permit or visa. She alluded to someone else who had to remain in Sweden for around a year without leaving who was in the same situation.

      So in summary from these sources, it looks like you may actually be facing a long stay in Sweden once your three month visa is up- maybe you could at least extend this.

      Once again, good luck!

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      1. Josh

        Hi again.

        Thanks for your reply. I guess I will just have to see how that one transpires.

        I have now applied for my residence permit. I was sent the automatic email saying that it had been received. My wife then had to complete an online form also. As my 3 month tourist visa will expire soon, will I receive anymore solid evidence or official documentation saying that I have applied for a residence permit and that I therefore have the right to remain in Sweden until the decision has been made? I am just a little apprehensive that I will be in Sweden without much proof I can be there.

        Thanks,
        Josh

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello Josh,
        To answer your question, I’m not sure if you will receive anything more than an email confirming you have applied. When I applied about three years ago I had to do it by mail and I also received a letter in the mail about a week after I’d applied that confirmed this.

        It’s easy to understand your apprehension. One would assume -and hope- that if you ever got into a situation where you needed to show you had a pending immigration case, the authorities involved would be able to confirm this.

        Perhaps this migrationsverket site can reassure you (beginning about halfway down that page) under the heading “If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application”

        It seems to indicate you can stay in Sweden and appeal your decision (assuming your application is rejected) up to three weeks after you receive this notification (this seems to indicate you would have been in Sweden all along). Logic would stand that if your case is accepted, you would naturally also be entitled to stay in Sweden while this was considered. Once again this raises your original question of showing official proof that you have an outstanding case.

        The heading below (“If you are in Sweden and your application if refused”) confuses your situation even more, saying if you are refused you can appeal but, “…you still have to plan to return to your country of origin…” In any case, that still sounds like you would have been able to stay in Sweden while you applied for a residence card. (Thank you migrationsverket for the completely vague phrase “plan to return to your country”)

        I’m afraid that soon this response will start to resemble a snake eating its own tail- sorry I can’t say something more clear. Feel free to post back if you find out anything else, or about how your case develops, and once again good luck.

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  7. Jordan Andrew Zinchini

    My girlfriend is Swedish and I’m an American, we were hoping to get married around New Years this year.. But after seeing the process, we had a couple questions. What if we were to just get married without applying for the residence visa? If we do get married, how long would it take for me to get a personal number to work? because I know that is with a different agency. I had some friends in the States that just got married and didn’t bother with doing it the proper way.. and the only thing they had to deal with was that the government kept tags on them for about seven years to make sure the marriage is legit. We are sure about marriage and know this is for the rest of our lives and want the rest of our lives to start now.. Would Sweden make me come back to the states if we were already married?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Jordan,

      Congrats on your eventual upcoming wedding. To answer let me clarify that I understand your question: you are wondering about getting married in Sweden, and whether to apply for a residence permit before or after you move to Sweden. If I misinterpreted your question let me know and I’ll repost.

      If this is your question, the part about marrying in Sweden is addressed above in the response to Lydia Nicoll. As far as the time it takes to get your personal number (personnummer), once you make a complete application it should take around 1-3 weeks.

      Hope that helps

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  8. abdi

    hej, admin
    I m from Ethiopia my wife is Swedish citizen and
    I have residence permit card I sweden I m in Sweden for 6 I have my personal number i want to visit my family in UK for July how that’s possible and what I need to do that thank u

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Abdi,
      If you have a Swedish residence permit (uppehallskort) that is valid longer than your stay in the UK then you can go and visit your family (in any European Union or Schengen Zone country) for up to 90 days. Travel companies may also require that your residence permit and passport are valid for at least 90 days beyond your stay in the foreign country. All you need to travel to any country in the EU is your passport and residence permit.
      Thanks for the post and have a good trip!

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  9. kana

    greatings to you i m from cameroon i m maried to a swedish woman if i go visit her on a tourist visa and then she get pregnant can i remain there and apply for a residence permit,or i still need to return in my country before appying?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Kana and thank you for your post,
      The answer to your question is just above in the response to Allan from May 8, 2015. It looks like you may have some work ahead of you 😉

      Also keep in mind, since you are married to a Swedish woman you have the right to live and work in Sweden even if you have no kids. You just need to meet the conditions to qualify for a personnummer and Uppehållskort (residence card).

      Good luck!

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  10. Anonymous

    Hello!

    I am a Canadian citizen, and my sambo is a Swedish citizen, living in Sweden, who has her Canadian permanent residency already. I was wondering what the process would be for me to obtain my personummer once in Sweden? I will not be working as I have been accepted to a masters programm and won’t have the time available with commuting each day. Will this cause issues for me?

    She has warned me it is really hard to do much of anything without the number..

    I have had my interview with the consulate 12 weeks ago and still haven’t heard anything back. If I do not receive my decision by the beginning of August it will be too late for us. Any idea on timing these days post interview?

    Thanks so much!
    Scott

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Scott,
      First let me start by dodging your question about the personnummer. You don’t need this to live there- all you need is a residence permit (valid up to five years), and you can apply for this, in your case, based on either of two criteria: 1) as a student studying in Sweden, and 2) as a cohabiting, common-law partner of a Swedish citizen. You can apply for a residence permit as a student after you have arrived in Sweden. In any case, you can always enter Sweden as a Canadian tourist for three months.

      To address your question directly, yes, you need a personnummer to do things like get into the Swedish pension system, the healthcare system, take state-sponsored Swedish language integration courses, and of course work. I got as far as getting a library card without a personnummer.

      Most recently when I looked into it, the process of getting a personnummer seems to have changed a bit from when I went through with the ordeal, and this is hopefully detailed to your satisfaction on the Personnummer in Sweden page.

      Hopefully that helps!

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  11. Janet

    Hello,
    I am from Malaysia and my boyfriend is a Swede. I applied for my residence permit in December 2014. I have bought flight tickets to visit him in September 2015. Can I visit him while my visa application is being processed? I read a clause in the Migration Board website that one cannot but I am unsure if I misunderstood. I appreciate any kind of information. Thank you.

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    1. Kat

      Janet,

      I am in the exact same situation!! But I am an american citizen. I have a trip planned for October 2015. Please let me know what you ended up doing I would appreciate hearing how it went/goes! And how you notified MV and what happened with your application? I am also curious to know when you will get yours since we applied at the same time!

      Best,
      Kat

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  12. Administrator Post author

    Hello Janet and thank you for your post,

    I think I found the passage you referred to on this migrationsverket link under heading #6: “You may not enter Sweden while your application [for a residence permit] is being considered. Your permit must be ready before you travel to Sweden.”

    This would seem to contrast with the notion that as a Malaysian you can visit Sweden for 90 days as a tourist without needing a visa. I’m not sure which has precedent here. Perhaps the best thing to do is contact someone at migrationsverket. Sorry to not have a more definitive answer for you.

    Good luck! Feel free to post back with what you learn.

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    1. Janet

      Oh. I must have confused you with me using the word visa. It was a typing error. I meant to write “Can I visit him while my permit is being processed” because of that clause. 🙂

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      1. Administrator Post author

        Hello Janet,
        Don’t worry, your post wasn’t confusing, but it seems my answer was. To sum it up, I’m not sure what to do in your situation, so I would recommend emailing someone from migrationsverket. Hope it goes well!

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  13. a6dula

    Hi, my question is i am from a non EU country, i have a residence card by family reunion, my wife is going to start a job in Oslo, Norway, can i move with her, if i move with her to Norway will my Swedish residence permit be effected

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  14. Christi23

    Hi, im currently in sweden on a visa that expires august 27th well the thing is my country dont need visa to visit europe as all visas were ban after i got my visa,i m here with my swedish husband our son who is swedish too and my daughter from a previous relationship, i apply for permament residence for me and my daughter last mth and did get my case number as received, been married to my husband 4 years now and he been living wit me in the caribbean since we got married, when i contacted immigration i was told it will take some mths for an answer and we dont want to go back caribbean as we are in sweden already, we book apt for end of this mth in immigration to talk to someone concerning extension of stay i was wondering can we get an extension for a longtime till we get decision or will they let us go back to caribbean, my country dont have a swedish embassy they share one with netherlands and they would have send us Washington but we cudnt cause we disnt have all that funds for that and thought it would be easy to do it from sweden while we are here, any help or ideas on what to do would be a great help thanks

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  15. Administrator Post author

    Hello Christi and thank you for your question,

    According to the following link from Migrationsverket, it looks like you do have the possibility of getting a residence permit and being able to stay in the country while your case is processed. Check under the heading, “If you have or are expecting children in Sweden.” (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Protection-and-asylum-in-Sweden/If-you-have-or-are-expecting-children-in-Sweden.html)

    So the good news is this is a possibility. Really it all depends how your appointment goes with Migrationsverket at the end of this month. This section linked to above says you can stay in Sweden while your case is processed if it is in the best interest of your children.

    Good luck! Feel free to write back how it goes or with any other questions.

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  16. paul jones

    Hello.
    Please any advice you can give on my situation would be very helpful. I am an Australian citizen who met and fell in love with a Swedish citizen in Australia over 3 years ago. We lived together in Australia for some 14months but we have little proof of cohabitating in Australia as everything was already in my name. Only photos and sworn affadavits from friends and family. She returned to Sweden a little over a year ago without me for family reasons. It took the best part of a year for me to follow but i finally arrived in sweden 4 wks ago on a 90 day stay. Problem is i now want to stay here so we can marry and settle in sweden. You could imagine we don’t want to separate again so the sound of having to return home just to fill out some forms and wait would be a nightmare. Besides i gave up everything in australia to come here my apartment my job and most of my possessions. We did not envisage how hard this could be. I don’t speak swedish so finding a job and obtaining a work permit is proving difficult. And life for me without a personal number will be hard here if i apply for a temp residency permit. We are not sure what to do so any advice you can offer would be great. Thanks PJ

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings PJ,
      Thanks for your question- it sounds like you have already read Migrationsverket’s webpage that says you must apply for a residence permit from your home country whether you do so as common-law partners, married partners, or partners who are intending to get married. You probably also read the part that if your partner was pregnant you might be able to stay in Sweden while your residence permit application was processed. Basically these factors make your wish to stay in Sweden longer than 90 days an uphill battle. That’s very frustrating considering all you have gone through to reach this point.

      Aside from biting the bullet, spending a fortune on airfare for you and her going back and forth between your respective countries while you wait for your residence permit to be processed, and going through more of a distance relationship, I would say your only other possibilities are finding a job in Sweden and getting a work permit, or enrolling full-time in a university to get a resident card based on being a student. Depending on what your skills and background are, the job might be easier.

      Sweden makes a special exception for Australian residents that allows you to apply for a work permit good for one year without having a prior job offer (https://www.migrationsverket.se/info/164_en.html).

      You’ve at least got three months to develop your next plan. Best of luck!

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  17. Dani

    Hey!

    I’m a non EU citizen but a permanent resident in Sweden. My girlfriend is albanian and we have a real relationship which started more than a year ago.
    My girlfriend was in sweden as an asylum seeker when our relationship started, she got negative decision and she left back to albania
    then she applied online for living together to migrationsverket in Dec-2014
    now my girlfriend has a meeting in the swedish embassy after a couple of days regarding to our application
    Though she has prepared these documents to be with her in the meeting:
    – copies of her passport, ID-card
    – The original flight tickets which proves that she visited me twice
    – Photos for us together and snapshots of many conversations and video calls we had together.
    And we want to know what else documents does she need with her?

    Ps: I don’t have any work contract and I’m still studying swedish, I get “etablerings” salaries monthly which is around 6500 SEK
    though I had a working contract but it was ended in May-2015
    I’m afraid about the answer from migrationsverket to our application.
    hope I can get some info to help me knowing what to do, though me and my girlfriend are not married and she’s not pregnant.

    Thanks for your answers,
    Regards, Dani.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greeting Dani and thanks for your question,

      It sounds like your partner will be applying for a residence card based on the fact that she is coming to live with you as a spouse or common-law partner. That sounds like a good idea for her to bring those types of things that show you have a relationship (photos, and flight tickets). I can only advise what to bring based on this website: (https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Planning-to-marry-or-become-the-common-law-spouse/How-to-apply.html) that says to bring original documents that were used on her initial application.

      According to this website (https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/For-the-relative-in-Sweden/Maintenance-requirement.html) you do not need to meet the maintenance requirement (minimum income and size of home) if you meet conditions, such as having a permanent residence permit and have been living in Sweden for four years.

      If you find out any teachable information from her interview feel free to post back. Good luck and hopefully the interview goes well!

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  18. Mari

    Hello,

    I am a non EU citizen but applied for a residence permit last year to join my partner in Sweden. Fortunately last week i was granted a permanent residence permit 🙂 Making me the happiest person because we’ve been apart for almost 3 years.

    I am yet to receive a call from the embassy to collect the card which they said it’s been sent from Sweden. The wait is killing me knowing that i have been granted. My only questions are, Is the card valid for travel to Sweden as soon as i am called to pick it up or is there a sort of grace period before i can use the card (i don’t need a visa if i have the card, am i right)? and
    Would you by chance have knowledge of the time frame it will take for the card to be sent from Sweden to an African country.

    I am a bit confused because of all the plans i’ll have to make within a limited time so any advice you can offer would be great.

    Thank you very much.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Mari,
      A big congratulations to you. I don’t have direct knowledge to answer any of your questions, however the Migrationsverket website has some answers for you.

      This first link (https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Planning-to-marry-or-become-the-common-law-spouse/How-to-apply.html) says to contact the Swedish embassy/consulate in your country to see if you need to schedule a time to pick up your residence permit, or to see if maybe it will be mailed out to you. I would say check once a week with the embassy/consulate- in my experience in Sweden they made a mistake and didn’t realize it for more than a month.

      This link (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/After-the-decision-has-been-made.html) explains that you might need to wait up to four weeks to receive your permit, from the time you are notified that you will get a residence permit. It also says that while your permit will be created immediately once your decision is made, when it is created it will be for a date that is three months from that time (so it sounds like you might end up waiting the longest three months of your life). If this is the case, maybe you could get a tourist visa first and go there sooner?

      The link above also addresses your question about the visa. Did you have your photograph and fingerprints taken for the residence permit you are about to get? If so, it sounds like you will not need a visa and you can show the Swedish border control your residence permit.

      Once again congratulations and hopefully you don’t need to wait long!

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  19. Diana Palacios

    Hi, I have a situation because I am not married but have a relationship with a Swedish person. I applied in September 2014 almost 11 months ago, I had the interview but haven´t received any further information since April. Anyway, I applied the university in Sweden and have been conditionally admitted.
    What should I do, ask for a new residence this time as student or keep waiting?
    Everybody is “pa semester” and not answering 😉 any thoughts here?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Diana Palacios,

      Thanks for your question. I’m not sure about your specific situation of what to do about changing your residence permit application from being based on a relationship to being based on a student status. That unique circumstance would be best left for an email to Migrationsverket, and feel free to post back here with any info you find because there are probably others in your position as well.

      You have probably seen the migrationsverket site that lists processing times for applications (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Processing-time.html), and assuming you filled out everything correctly you should have heard from someone half a year ago. It’s definitely worth following your application up with an email or call about that as well to Migrationsverket.

      Good luck!

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      1. Diana

        I answer my own question, with the email I got from the immigration office: “you cannot have two applications on going. You cannot start your studies until decision is made in your case. You need to have a valid permit in Sweden to be able to study. When decision is made in your current case and if it is positive then you can start your studies in Sweden.” I got my residence two weeks ago, too late to start the school this year.

  20. Cutie

    Hi,

    Good Day,

    Need your advise please,I have a boyfriend in Sweden.I’ve meet him theough facebook since 2011 from that time on we start to communicate through skype,fb, etc..It was an on and off communication as we arw friends that time.In those times we are communicating as friends he has a girlfriend and ended their relationship last January 2015.He then decided to meet me personally,I’m from Philippines..The meeting went well and we had the relationship,now he wants me to be with him and wants to apply for residence permit.May I know the risks or chances in applying the residence permit as we just met June 2015 but i’ve known him for four yrs already.We had few pictures to support we came to visit me,our daily conversation in viber and fb etc…He bought a ticket already for his visit January 2016.Would gettiing married help in applying the residence permit to easily be approved?Hope to hear from you on my situation.Thank you!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Cutie and thanks for your question,

      It sounds like you have two options:

      1) Apply for a residence permit to move to someone in Sweden for marriage or a common-law partnership. In this case it doesn’t matter if you are married because you can also apply based on your intent to be common-law partners. You can find the details on this webpage (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Planning-to-marry-or-become-the-common-law-spouse.html).

      2) Get married (either abroad, and I also believe you could enter Sweden on a tourist visa and then marry while you are there) and apply for a residence permit based on being married. More information on this webpage (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse.html).

      Whether you choose option 1 or 2, Migrationsverket says you must make your application from your home country, and that once you have made this application you cannot come to Sweden until your decision is made. The only exception I know of is if you are pregnant, in which case you might be allowed to apply and remain in Sweden while your application for a residence permit is processed, but this is not guaranteed.

      Hope this helps, and good luck!

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  21. ben

    hi i’m an american citizen and my husband is from Benin. If we give birth while in sweden, and leave when baby is 1 week old. is baby a swedish citizen? can we the parents apply for residency and have working priveleges in sweden based on the birth of our child?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Ben and thanks for the question,
      As the parents of the baby, one of you would need to be a Swedish citizen in order for your baby to automatically become a Swedish citizen. It’s not like the USA where you automatically become a citizen if you are born there. As such you also can’t apply for a residence or work permit based on the fact your baby is born in Sweden.

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  22. Administrator Post author

    Hello Ben and thanks for your question,

    Yes you need to be in Sweden or at its border to apply. You can find more information about this process here: (https://openbordersimmigration.wordpress.com/how-to-get-refugee-asylum-in-sweden/).
    The official government page that explains the asylum regulations is here: (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Protection-and-asylum-in-Sweden/Asylum-regulations.html)

    Good luck!

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    1. qotandro

      hello
      Im a non EU-national and i have a danish girlfriend , we want to go to sweden and get married but we have one big problem (i overstayed my tourist visa) so technically im going to be illegal in sweden i need to advice on a few things
      1- can we get a civil marriage even though i don’t have the right of residency? (Freedom of movement for eu nationals apparently requires one of us to be registered at the tax office) as i read online
      2- if we rent an apartment and she registers at the tax office while still working in copenhagen would we still be able to get married?
      3- after she registers at the tax office and we go to apply for a marriage certificate , would i get in trouble if they know that im illegal?
      4- if we get married can i apply for a residency permit or card while im in sweden without having to go back to my home country? And can she apply for it instead of me?
      I tried reading the migrationsverket but its pretty confusing and i couldnt get information regarding my case.
      And can you please tell me what other options i have?
      Best regards
      Thank you

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      1. Administrator Post author

        Greetings Qotandro and thanks for your questions,

        1- As far as I understand from reading around the internet, it looks like it is possible to get a civil marriage in Sweden if your partner is registered with the tax agency, even if you are in the country illegally.
        2- It seems that as long as your partner is registered with the Swedish tax agency you can get a marriage certificate, even if she is still working in Copenhagen.
        3- From what I’ve read it looks like they don’t consider your immigration status when you apply for a marriage certificate.
        4- The only possible legal way that I know of to apply and remain in Sweden while your residence permit is processed is if your spouse is pregnant or if you already have children together. This is not a guarantee to stay though- Migrationsverket will determine if it is in everyone’s best interest for you to stay while your residence permit application is processed.

        Your spouse (or anyone you authorize) can represent you in the application process if you give her power of attorney. This is explained on both of these pages:

        Migrationsverket planning to marry in Sweden
        Migrationsverket moving to a spouse (including common law) in Sweden

        It sounds official, but you could write up a power of attorney with a paper and pen right now as long as you address each issue mentioned on those webpages (state it is a power of attorney, include your name, date of birth, address, etc).

        You could try the power-of-attorney route, but I would guess that eventually down the road you will run into trouble because you are in Sweden illegally. It might be something like you have to fly back to your home country to pick up your residence permit. I don’t have experience with this so I can’t offer any advice on how it might go.

        You asked what other options you have, so of course I will add the obvious that you could return to your home country and apply legally from there. You won’t necessarily get into trouble or have any consequences if you return and apply from there. I know people who have overstayed their visa and nothing happened when they flew from Europe to their non-EU country, and they even subsequently returned to the EU and had no consequences (and got a Swedish residence permit).

        In any case, best of luck!

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  23. Barbara

    Hello,
    I would kindly ask for some clearance about health insurance questions here in Sweden. I came to live here with my long-term partner that has a job here and now we decided to stay in Sweden. We are both EU citizens. We successfully applied for our personal number and just got them. To get my personal number I had to provide a proof of having a health insurance in my own EU country. Now I would like to know how I can get Swedish health insurance so I can stop paying the insurance in my country? Is it possible to get Swedish health insurance via my working partner here? Can you please explain what are my options?
    Thank you in advance for your help and I really like the support you are offering here!
    Greetings,
    Barbara

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Barbara and thank you for the question,

      First, congrats on getting your personal numbers. It seems that for many people, getting proper medical insurance in order to apply for a personnummer is the biggest obstacle. You are asking the next logical question about how to transition into the Swedish medical system, and the answer to this question does not seem to be featured too prominently on government pages or on the wider internet.

      Let me preface by saying I haven’t transitioned into the Swedish healthcare system, so I can’t speak from direct experience – maybe someone else reading this post can?

      The best article I came across on the internet for this subject was from The Local se. It detailed that the way you sign up for healthcare depends on the county (landsting) in which you live; each county manages its own healthcare system in its own way. Apparently each county has a dedicated number you can call to talk to someone about how to sign up for healthcare.

      Once you have a personnummer it looks like you can register yourself with a local doctor or healthcare clinic (vårdcentral) of your choosing for non-emergency, standard healthcare. You might as well skip calling the county to ask about how to sign up and go straight to a doctor in your county because I’m sure they can tell you what you need to do to register with them.

      Of course for emergencies and urgent situations you can go to local emergency rooms (närakuten) or a hospital.

      The article I’m referencing for the above information can be found here: http://www.thelocal.se/20080822/13882

      There is always private healthcare to consider, though I’m not sure how this compares with the public system. I would also guess that it is difficult to switch from one system to the other once you have made a choice.

      And if your partner in Sweden is working he/she is definitely paying taxes for healthcare, and I would think could therefore stop paying in his/her home EU country. As for you if you’re not employed I’m not sure how it would work for you to stop paying in your home country. If you have a personnummer though it would seem like there may be a plausible way for you to do this. I can only suggest the obvious – that your partner’s employer or your county’s health department could offer you more specific information on this question.

      Anyway, you’ve probably already thought of all those options already. Feel free to post back here on what you figure out. Best of luck!

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  24. nelly

    hello
    please i want to know the procedure to move into swede, i am non EU resident living in Italy and i will like to relocate to Sweden so i will like to know how the personumber is been obtain.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Nelly,
      The first question is, do you have a residence permit or permanent residence permit for Italy. If you have the first, you can already move to Sweden, however this doesn’t automatically entitle you to a personnummer. If you have a permanent residence permit for Italy then I believe you can be considered an EU/EEA applicant for a personnummer. The process of getting a personnummer on this basis is explained on the following link under the heading, “If you are an EU or EEA member citizen from a country in Europe” (https://openbordersimmigration.wordpress.com/getting-a-personal-number-personnummer-in-sweden/).

      You can also find an explanation on what you need for a personnummer on the above link for your other possible circumstances. If you have a short-term (five years or less) residence permit or no residence permit at all in Italy, then you would follow the instructions under the appropriate heading for non-EU citizens.

      Thanks for the question and good luck!

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  25. Remi

    Hello.
    Im from Balkan country.
    Met my wife 5 years ago.
    She have been visiting me over this years 15 times.
    I have visit her 3 times in Sweden.
    Even the proves of pictures for this migrationsverket have never check and they have never ask her to show her passport stamps.
    Married her from 1 year and 8 months.Marriage is registered in Sweden legally.
    Also applied for residence permit from 1 year and 8 months.
    Waited 14 months and application was rejected.
    Reason….the relationship was not true because my wife have been married before with someone else from syria and got divorced.He married right after and his new wife got residence permit.
    We appeal to the migrationsverket court of appeal 5 months ago.
    Now my wife is pregnant 3 months.
    We have send the ultrasound to this court but doesnt seems to help.
    We got told that being pregnant doesnt mean anything for migration officers. And also they dont have any idea of how long more it will take for a decision.Or if will be positive or negative.

    We dont know what to prove more to them.
    What to do more?

    Im afraid of being rejected again.

    How can the do this to tear families apart?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Remi,
      It sounds like you’re in a very stressful situation. I’m afraid I can’t advise anything else for your situation. It sounds like you are in contact with the immigration people working on your case and they will tell you everything you need to do.

      Perhaps I can reassure though- when you applied for your residence permit 20 months ago you had also gotten married just around that time. Now that you have almost been married for two years it could look more like a “real” marriage in the eyes of migrationsverket.

      As for your wife being pregnant, according to this migrationsverket webpage (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Protection-and-asylum-in-Sweden/If-you-have-or-are-expecting-children-in-Sweden.html) you do have the possibility of remaining in the country while your application is processed. Read the part under the title, “If you have or are expecting children in Sweden.”

      It sounds like a horribly stressful time. Very best of luck for your case to go through well!

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      1. Remi

        We got answer that being pregnant don’t mean that the relationship is true.
        Now I sit here and understand how stupid are they.
        We are married from 2 years and living 2000km away and now expecting a child.
        They keep saying that if more information is needed they will ask but they just make decisions just like that.
        Really, it feels like applying to North Korea.

        But is there any law for this?

        I don’t want be a part time father. Just visiting my family once in 3 months like a tourist.

        It must be a law in Sweden for children and family that can regulate this. Or not?

        ADMINISTRATOR REPLY:

        Sorry to hear that is the response they gave you. Once they give you a decision they should also detail what your options are for an appeal. At this point you might decide that contacting an immigration lawyer in Sweden is a good idea.

        Here is a website that lists immigration organizations in Sweden that offer assistance for free: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/sweden-pro-bono-directory. These organizations deal with immigration issues that relate to refugees but may also have some ideas of what course of actions you can take.

        All the best of luck for your very frustrating situation

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  26. nelly

    thanks for your reply admin, i have EU permanent resident permit from Italy, but what i understand is that i cant get a personumber without a job. meaning i must get job of Eur, 1300 per month to enable me to get the personumber.
    thanks

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Nelly,
      Yes, I believe you are correct. Here is a detailed pamphlet about getting the personnummer as an EU citizen (this is basically your situation as a long-term Italian resident): http://www.skatteverket.se/download/18.8dcbbe4142d38302d74be9/1387372677650/717B06.pdf
      This pamphlet clearly says you have the right to start working once you find a job within three months of arriving in Sweden. Once you get that job then you can register with Skatteverket and get your personnummer. However in my experience it seems employers don’t know how to hire someone who doesn’t have a personnummer, which can make for a very frustrating situation. In any case, good luck!

      For anyone else who has a question on this topic you can find more info on this page about getting a personnummer: https://openbordersimmigration.wordpress.com/getting-a-personal-number-personnummer-in-sweden/

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  27. Anonymous

    Hello I am from Philippines working as Aupair here in Denmark. I just really badly need advice. I have a boyfriend who is a Danish citizens and we are planning to get marry and move in Sweden soon. He doesn’t have a job at the moment because he under SU and therefore we can’t afford to pay to get marry here in Denmark. And it’s impossible for him to keep me here close to him. That’s why we looking for another option jus like moving to Sweden and get marry there. We both are in a right age I’m 31 and he is 42. Now, my question is that is it possible for our situation to get marry and move to Sweden? Can we move there right away while we are waiting for the processing for my resident permit? Please anyone can give as good advice what to do. We are getting hopeless and disparate in our situation right now. I am looking forward to hearing any helpful advice. Thank you so much. Kind regards

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings,

      I looked around the internet and found a helpful page for your situation from the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL). It details exactly what you must do to get married in Sweden (it’s the same process):

      (the link expired- here is a new one about getting married in Sweden: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/getting-married-in-sweden_n_1265800.html)

      You need to fill out this form and submit it to Skatteverket: http://www.skatteverket.se/privat/blanketterbroschyrer/blanketter/info/7880.4.19b9f599116a9e8ef36800024527.html

      It looks like to get married in Sweden under your circumstances you both must have the right to marry in Denmark. You must also have a Danish residence permit. You will still need to get a Danish marriage license, and then bring this to Skatteverket. So unfortunately you still come back to the roadblock of getting a Danish marriage license.

      However, you can be considered a common-law spouse if you have lived with your boyfriend for at least two years. In this case, you could move to Sweden together and then you could apply for a residence permit based on being a common-law spouse. To do this you would need to meet the requirements for a residence permit (minimum income or savings, health insurance, etc).

      He would need to meet the requirements to stay in Sweden as a Danish citizen, and actually Sweden makes this easier for citizens from Nordic countries like Denmark. Here is the information that he should read: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen/Permits-for-family-members/Residence-permit-in-accordance-with-Swedish-regulations.html.

      Hopefully this helps and you can stay together!

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  28. joaquina

    hi,
    I am from Kenya married to aswedish man on August now applying for visiting visa.I have my letter from work and bank statements although my husband will cater for my everything.
    so my passport came saying my professional is a student see which is a mistake. so will it bring problem since it’s stating that while I actually work or?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Joaquina,
      The main thing I would be worried about for the visa in your passport is the length of its validity. Is it only for three months or for some years (such as five years)?

      If you are married to a Swedish citizen and the marriage is registered in Sweden then you can you can apply for a personnummer that you can use to get a job, get into the healthcare system, and all the other important things. You do this through Skatteverket (http://www.skatteverket.se/) once you are in Sweden.

      It’s a separate agency (Migrationsverket) that deals with your residence permit and visa. As such I wouldn’t be too worried if it says you are a student, assuming this doesn’t affect the length of your visa’s validity. It never hurts to check with Migrationsverket either.

      Thanks for the question and hope this helps
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  29. Marie

    Unfortunately…The main rule in Chapter 5. § 18 Aliens Act is that the applicant is located in the home country during the period is in progress and that one entry may result in complications for the application. The processing may take longer if the Migration Board prior to the time the decision becomes aware that the person stays in Sweden and therefore must wait for an exit. The applicant also risk getting denied and being rejected, if he or she remains in Sweden at the time of the decision.

    Migration Board advises thus seekers from traveling to Sweden during the wait for a decision, whether the applicant is a visa or not.

    Although, I asked the embassy in my country (Mexico) and they answered, it was OK, but only for short periods.

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  30. Andreas

    Non EU-citizen married to Swedish citizen with Swedish citizen (dual-citizenship) children, for over 5 years.
    All living in non-EU country.
    Swedish citizen is currently unemployed in non-EU country and not entitled to any benefits under Permanent Resident visa.
    Non-EU citizen is employed but does not want to be unemployed in Sweden, without a resident permit/work permit for an indefinite period of time.
    The following questions we have:
    1) We have rang MV in Sweden and they have stated the general rule of applying in the home country then we have been given a time period of 12-20 months until the non-EU citizen receives the resident permit. As we have children, is there some kind of “priority” processing, and does anyone know how long this would take? Has anyone been through this situation with Swedish citizen children?
    2) We could move to Sweden (the Swedish citizen has been offered a job in Sweden), and apply from there. From what I understand from this page (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/If-you-are-in-Sweden.html), I (the non-EU citizen) fulfil this criteria, is there a “priority” processing time given we have children?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Andreas- hopefully someone who has been in a similar situation can provide you with some very relevant answers to your questions here.

      I can mention that you are not necessarily guaranteed a residence permit (based on your children’s best interests) if you apply for this while you are in Sweden. However because of your situation I would hope that Migrationsverket could give you a better answer. Good luck, and I hope someone else posts more detailed information on this question.

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  31. saurabh saini

    Hey i just wanted to have some information that what should i do if i have to move to my girlfriend in sweden she is a resident there and we are not married yet but we are planing to get married as soon as possible and need the process to be quick so that we can be like living togather soon please help !

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Saurabh Saini and thanks for the question,
      The official Migrationsverket website has an answer to your exact question: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Planning-to-marry-or-become-the-common-law-spouse.html

      Basically you need to meet the requirements for a residence permit and then apply from your home country. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

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  32. austine

    I’m a nigeria Lived in norway for six years but last year I moved into sweden and got married to sweden lady .we are living as husband and wife . How do I apply for my resident permit

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Austine,
      This response assumes you do not have a permanent residence permit in Norway (if you do then I believe you don’t need a residence permit in Sweden).

      The application procedure is detailed on Migrationsverket’s webpage for Spouses, Registered Partners, or Common Law Spouses: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse.html.

      Unfortunately, this pathway doesn’t allow you to apply from within Sweden. However Sweden has special rules for people coming from the Nordic countries, so I would suggest talking with someone from Migrationsverket about your specific situation. Feel free to post back here if you find any useful information from them. Good luck!

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  33. MUQADDIS

    Hi
    Sir I want to ask you.i am student and My husband depending on me.we bought have a permit.if We buy a property in Sweden can I apply permanent residents
    MUQADDIS

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Muqaddis and thanks for your question,

      I haven’t seen anything about gaining permanent residency based on owning property. The requirement that is consistently mentioned for permanent residency is living five years in Sweden.

      http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/After-five-years-in-Sweden/Permanent-residence-card.html

      This Migrationsverket page talks about gaining a permanent residence card, however it doesn’t address the situation of two non-EU members living in Sweden for five years (I’m not sure what your situation is in this regard). Nonetheless I would still guess that you first need to live in Sweden for five years.

      Good luck!

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  34. austine

    Plz sir I’m worried,I know u can help me .I lived in sweden and it has not reach a month got married there .I want to go back to my country nigeria to apply for my resident permit .what type form will I used . what are the necessary document to submit to the nigeria embassy

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  35. kristian rroku

    Hello I am from Albania and i marry a woman she is swedish citizen born sweden she work and live in Sweden we have been marry in sweden. I am 25 she is 39 and i gave the interwiew 2 days ago finger print and photo i bring all the papir they ask me ,picture with the partner etc i also register the marriage in my home country.I asked them how long it can take but they say its not in our hand anymore and that they will send next week in sweden and they will decide.After reading the coments here i am very scared people that have been waiting for years and they still get rejected . MY QUESTION IS WHAT IT CAN BE THE REASONS THAT I CAN BE REJECTED OR SOMETHING and how long it can take ?THanx

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    1. Administrator Post author

      You can find the estimated waiting time for your application here: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Processing-time.html

      As long as your Swedish spouse registered your marriage with Skatteverket I don’t know of any reasons why your application for a residence permit would be rejected- you just need to patiently wait. Of course this assumes you are applying from Albania and are there right now.

      Good luck!

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      1. kristian rroku

        hello sir again i have another question how can i check online at embbassy they dint gave me any number to check , what is this number that you can check online i have only receive from the bank nothing else they dint gave me any number when i make the interview. Thanx

      2. kristian rroku

        sir i have another question like i write you i am from albania and i am marry with this swedish woman we marry and sweden i gave the interwiew 15 days ago , my question is that our relation started in 2013 throught facebook we use to talk everyday in skype than she invited me in sweden i go to meet her at december 2014 i stay 2 week and we got engaged i came back in my country than after 4 month i go back to sweden to meet here and we got married there i stay one month and now i am in albania can this be a problem fro me residence of permit because we dint live very much with each other you think this can be a problem for swedish emigration? and she is like 15 years older than me ? I am very scared of waiting its killing me thanx

      3. Administrator Post author

        As long as your are married, and neither of you are currently married to anyone else (if you separated from a spouse years ago but didn’t file for a divorce this can be a problem), then I believe they must take your marriage certificate at face value. Of course if they are suspicious of your marriage they will make inquiries to investigate this. Don’t get stressed out waiting because it can take a long time.

    2. Anonymous

      hello sir again i write to you like i say to you before i gave interwiew a month ago at swedish embassy and they gave me a number so i can check it online and it say you request for permit of stay its registered in migration swerket .Is this a good thing but my swedish wife she dint get the papirs to fill in yet how long it can take before they send the aplication to her to fill in?

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  36. Anny

    Hello,
    I have a residence permit to sweden moving to my fianced whom we are planning to get married. My questions are:
    1. What documents am i needed to present at the airport?
    2. Do i need a return ticket ?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      You should be just fine with your passport and residence permit (valid for 5 years, correct?), no return ticket needed though it’s often cheaper than a one-way ticket if you buy roundtrip. Have fun!

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  37. Sergey

    Hello,
    Please explain me.
    My spouse is EU citizen (Romania), I am non EU family member (Russia).
    How much money need for me to support yourself in Sweden?
    If I have the savings can they be the proof of my ability support yourself?
    For what term do I need to provide proof of support yourself in Sweden (6 months, 1 year, 2year)?
    Must my spouse (EU citizen) submit the proof of her ability support yourself ?
    As written “The maintenance requirement does not apply to you if you…are a citizen of another EEA country.”https://www.migrationsverket.se/info/4442_en.html
    Does this mean that maintenance requirement is only for me (non EU family member )?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Sergey,

      Thanks for your question and you are right to wonder- it’s hard to find information about the exact required amount of money you must have to get a residence permit in Sweden. You appear to be correct that your wife (an EU citizen) does not need to meet the maintenance requirement.

      I can also say that I don’t know for certain what the financial requirement is for non-EU citizens, however I can tell you that the following worked for me to obtain a five-year residence permit:

      My wife (EU citizen) and I (non-EU citizen) arrived to Sweden with around 3,000 euros savings. My wife was enrolled in school for an eight-month program for which she got a stipend of 7,300 SEK per month (note, at the time this was the minimum amount required to support yourself- now it is a bit higher). She first registered herself as living in Sweden, and then I applied for a residence permit. After a few months my application was successful.

      The entire time my application was being processed (about 4 months) I was not working. I submitted copies of my bank account showing savings with my application.

      I think the most important aspect of this application was that my wife was earning the minimum amount (or close to it) required to support two people.

      You can find this amount here towards the bottom of the page: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college.html

      I’m guessing these are the money figures required for anyone applying for a five-year residence permit, though I’m not positive. To summarize these figures: 8,010 SEK per month for one person, 11,510 SEK per month for two people, 2,100 SEK per month for each extra child.

      This raises the obvious question of how long you need to provide proof of this income, and unfortunately I can’t provide this answer. I can say that my wife showed proof of her school funding for the eight months we were scheduled to be there. On my residence permit application I also wrote I would be there for a year, however the permit I received is valid for five years.

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  38. healthcareproblem

    Hello,

    I am a non-EU (American) who has been married to a Portuguese citizen for 5 years. We are living together in Sweden now, and I have received a personal number. Unfortunately I am waiting for 16 months for my ID card to be approved (and it’s only been a few months now) due to the increase in migrants to Sweden.

    I want to ask about healthcare in this scenario. I am not an EU citizen, but I am living in Sweden legally with a personal number and I am allowed to work and pay taxes while my application is processed. My partner is also working and paying taxes. The only information about this I can find is for people who already possess residence cards (covered like a Swede) or are in Sweden for a brief stay (tourists) and do not possess personal numbers. I cannot find any information about healthcare in this weird grey area I’m in.

    What does not help is that I have called the 1177 number a few times and have received conflicting information each time. I was told once that I’d need to pay for everything out of pocket at full cost. I called again this morning and was told that I pay a reduced fee (50 kr for a doctor visit for example) but that it wasn’t free like it would be for someone with a residence card. I asked at migrationsverket and no one knew what to tell me.

    I am dealing with a medical problem right not that is not “serious” but does need attention to avoid becoming serious. But I can’t afford to pay 2000 kr to see a doctor right now. Can you help me find where to get the correct information?

    Regards.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello and thanks for the question,

      First let me say that hopefully someone reading this who has direct knowledge or who has been in your situation will answer your question.

      I haven’t got into the Swedish healthcare system either, however from what I’ve read it seems like getting your personnummer is the main obstacle. Hopefully the answer to this post will provide you with some insight, however it doesn’t address your question directly: https://openbordersimmigration.wordpress.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-109

      Feel free to post back if you learn anything else from your experience, and above all best wishes

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  39. Soma

    Hello I am kenyan I have a swedish boyfriend whom we intended to marry.I have been to sweden before to visit him…when I came back to my country I stayed 3 months before applying for another visa to sweden.i got rejected,we appealed the decision again I got rejected…now my boyfriend is coming to marry me…how long will it take me to get a residential permit to sweden after the marriage. …

    I will appreciate your reply…

    Thank you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Soma and thanks for your question,

      I believe you need to remain outside Sweden for more than six months before you can go there again on a three-month visa, and you can only do that once in a 12-month period.

      Once you are married you can apply from Kenya, and the current waiting times are listed on this site: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Processing-time.html.

      Unfortunately right now it seems like a longer processing time — 70 percent of applicants are processed in 14 months or less.

      Best of luck (and patience!), congratulations on your upcoming wedding

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      1. sawmie

        Hello

        Thank you for your answer. For the period I apply for the residential permit..am I allowed to visit any schengen area?

        And can they reject my residential permit application after waiting for 14months….

        Thank you.

      2. Administrator Post author

        Yes, I believe you could visit any Schengen/EU country (but not Sweden while your application is being processed) under normal visa circumstances.

        Of course, they can always reject your application after any amount of processing time- there is never a guarantee. However because you will be married to a Swedish citizen, if you meet the requirements then you have the right to live in Sweden with your partner. So I think as long as you make a complete application it’s just a matter of being patient for your residence permit.

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  40. Stanisław

    Dear Administrator,
    Thank you so much for all the answers you provide the ones who are in a need of such important information. This will probably be the millionth time you have heard the following question but just for me to make sure I’d like to kindly ask you to explain to me what this whole procedure looks like:
    I’m Ukrainian, married to a Polish national and have been living in Poland with a Polish residence card for 4.5 years now. I and my wife would like to go to Sweden, what do we need for the start/what’d be the best for us to start with?
    We could very unlikely show an impressive bank account in order to be considered self-sufficient in Sweden and we get medium salaries (as for Poland) here. So in our case, would it be the best if my wife first found a job in Sweden and then, having got a contract from work, based on which I could apply for a 5 year residence card in Sweden or would we still need to show savings on our bank account?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Stanisław and thanks for your question,

      First, you may find it easiest to obtain a long-term residence card for Poland. I believe you can be eligible for this once you have lived in Poland for five years. Once you have this you could move to Sweden and have basically the same status as an EU resident (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Long-term-residents.html)

      If you don’t do this though, it’s okay and you should still be able to move to Sweden with your wife. This process is detailed here, written from the perspective of what your wife will need to do: https://openbordersimmigration.com/immigrating/immigrating-to-sweden/how-to-get-a-swedish-residence-card-uppehallskort-for-family-members/

      It would seem like your application would have a better chance if your wife first found a job. But as long as you can show you have enough to support yourself (10,800 SEK for two per month) and some savings you might as well try. From my experience my wife and I had about 28,000 SEK in savings, and she had a contract that paid 8,000 SEK per month, and I got a five-year residence permit from that.

      Hopefully that helps, and best of luck!

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      1. Stanisław

        Thank you very much for your response and your wishes!
        I hope you will condone me in asking you one more thing:
        What if a non-EEA/EU spouse of an EEA/EU national gets a refusal for their Swedish Residence Card? Should that person leave Sweden then? If yes – that’d then be a human rights abuse from the Swedish side, ‘cos by this, they would force the married couple physically split up due to making it impossible for the non-EEA/EU spouse of an EEA/EU national to stay legally in the country.
        The Directive says that a non-EEA/EU spouse of an EEA/EU national is not obliged to acquire a Residence Card but it would only make it easier for them to prove their residence right in that country. So what could happen if a non-EEA/EU spouse of an EEA/EU national just stayed in Sweden with a refusal and continued to live there with a polish RC (but not a long-term one)?

      2. Administrator Post author

        Yes, from one perspective it seems unjust to deny a residence permit to the spouse of someone, especially for reasons that relate to money (and I have been in this situation). On the other hand, all countries I have experience with (USA, Sweden, and Germany) – and I suspect most countries – do this, not only Sweden.

        I would guess the worse that could happen is deportation, maybe some time in jail, and a prohibition from returning to Sweden. Realistically though, I would guess that until you became “legal” you would not be able to enter the social system, medical system, pension system, employment system, etc.

      3. Stanisław

        That doesn’t sound quite promising.
        I think, that’d be the time to hire a lawyer if they’d have to resort to such violent anti-human actions like dispersing a married couple by force due to the lack of money – if that’d be the case.

        Do you know if it’s possible to first apply for a Swedish RC before moving to Sweden? Be it in Poland for example, at the Swedish Embassy (if they carry that out in practice at all). So that we wouldn’t have to risk wasting our time traveling to Sweden, finding a job there and then getting a refusal from the Swedish Immigration Centre just ‘cos there was not enough money on our bank account.

      4. Administrator Post author

        That’s an interesting question- applying for a RC as the spouse of an EU citizen before either person has arrived to Sweden. I don’t know of anything like that- if you find something then post back here because that would be interesting.

  41. vanessa

    Hi there.
    I’m a non- eu citizen, I met my swedish bf years ago in canada and we lived together for one year and a half there and then a full year in mexico.. He had been back and forth during all this time. We have applied to get a resident permit and its been 10 months now since that day… After we applied for it I went to visit my bf in sweden for the 90 days permited and I even got my finger printed in solna while i was visiting since I had to get and extension for 15 extra days due to a few problems with my flight back to mexico , so the migration was aware of our situation and they said everything should be fine as soon I didn’t go back to sweden again and until I finally had my resident permit. While being in sweden i got an email from migrationsverket telling me that it was time for me to attend my interview at the swedish embassy in my country, Mexico , so I had to go back to mexico to get interviewed and i did. Right now I don’t know what is the situation with all the immigrants coming to Sweden , and the time is killing us .. Do you think my residence permit will get to me soon, Is it normal the time we have been waiting for it??.. does this has something to do with me being in sweden for a longer period?? what would you recommend us to do right now.??

    Thank you so much for this website, I would appreciate to get feedback from you..
    Thank you.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Vanessa and thanks for your question,

      Flying from Sweden to Mexico so you can have an interview at the Swedish embassy…don’t get me started!

      I think your best indication that everything is okay is that Migrationsverket told you just this. Don’t worry, you just need to be patient, and anyway there is nothing more you can do for your application at this point. You probably have seen this website that shows processing times for the residence permit: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Processing-time.html

      It never hurts to write an email to Migrationsverket and make sure your application is still being processed. They have been known to make mistakes so you can always check.

      Best of luck and hopefully it comes soon!

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  42. koubid

    HI there
    First i really want to thank you about how you are helping people which maybe you never met and you will never meet them.
    so ,could you tell me please if you have any idea about my case an, i am NON EU and i live in EU zone i have a Permanent Residence card (valid for 10 years , but not CE ) and i applied for Swedish residence permit ( as sambo with swedish citizen )

    it will be the same time for non EU citizen or my residence in Europe will give me some exception.

    thank you in advance

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Koubid and thanks for the question- I believe you will go through the standard process for non-EU citizens. That is if your long-term residence card from another EU country is not on this list:
      http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Long-term-residents.html

      If your long-term card is on this list then I believe you don’t need a residence permit for Sweden, you only need to register with Skatteverket to get your personnummer.

      Good luck!

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    1. Anonymous

      I would like to add that he is not an eu citizen…for the moment im waiting to receive the personal swedish number and i looking for a house to rent.i need to know can he join me now or i should fulfill some criterias?thank you very much for your help 🙂

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      1. Administrator Post author

        I believe he can join you now. As a non-EU citizen he can presumably stay in Sweden for three months (depending on which country he is from), and can apply for a residence permit to stay longer on the basis of being married to you. I believe in this case he (or you both combined) will also need to have a monthly income of around at least 10,800 SEK (total for two people combined). He’ll also need health insurance. Hope that helps

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    2. soni

      Hi.me and my brother we have recently move to sweden and we have applied to receive the swedish personal number.whike we are waiting the redirected as to register in the school for the beginers to learn the language. during this time that we are registered to school do we get a stipend or something so we can provide ourself or we dont get nothing? hope i get a feedback soon thank you. we are eu citizen both frm bulgaria

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  43. Administrator Post author

    Hello Soni- I’ll try and get to your question by this weekend, please stay patient 😉 I don’t know the answer off the top of my head so I’ll do a some research

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  44. beno

    Hi im an eu citezen.i ve recently moved to Sweden and i have applied for swedish personal nunber and im waiting to receive it.i have found a job but they told get the number and then we ll give you the job because you cannot work here without the personal id.my question is can i reclaim to go faster with my procedure of getting the number cuz i have a job now?thank you

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    1. Beno

      Hi every one.i have another question.im waiting to receive the personal number as an eu citizen.my question is can i rent an apartment?do i have the right to do that?pls if someone has the answer reply as fast as u can…thanx everyone

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    2. Administrator Post author

      Hello Beno, as far as I know you just have to wait for the personnummer, then you can apply for jobs. It’s a frustrating wait, especially if you have a potential job offer, but I don’t know any other way. Perhaps someone else can comment on this. Good luck

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  45. Abeer

    Hello everyone,
    I have got my UT cards for me and my children and we should join my husband in Sweden. the decision date is 3.10.2015 but the UT cards issuance dates are for the young children 12.10.2015 and for me 21.10.2015.. my question,,, is there is a specific time for example 3 or 6 months that I should travel to Sweden before.. or is there is any legal issues in being late more than 3 months to reach Sweden.. my employer is making things difficult for me and doesn’t want to release me before 3 months….

    Thanks & regards,

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    1. Administrator Post author

      I’m not sure but I think the only issue that would matter is how long your UT cards are valid for. As long as you go to Sweden before they expire I think you should be okay. Good luck, maybe someone else has more to add

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  46. Sigi

    Hi my name is sigi!im from bulgaria and im married to a non eu citizen and we want to go and live in sweden for a better life.my question is can we go together or should i go first and then he joins me?we have savings up to 8000€…we are young and in love so i hope we could go together.we are waiting your answer thank you :)))

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  47. Tuff

    Hello Mr administrator

    I am a asylum seeker in Germany. previously I live in Sweden with my Swedish girlfriend. but am now in Germany.
    I want to know is it possible to apply for a resident permit whiles am in asylum house in Germany. And how long is it going to take.. I want to know after the application have been made. Is there any steps my girlfriend can do so that the process can handle faster. because she don’t eat, she is loosing wait, she don’t sleep good, because am the happiness of her life. and she dnt sleep well, she always cry…..
    tnx????

    (Part 2 of question)

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Tuff, to apply for a residence permit in Sweden you need to do this based on some status, such as being a student, common-law spouse (if you lived with your girlfriend for two years you could apply based on this), or spouse. In any case it would take months and I don’t think there is anything she could do to speed up the process. Sorry it’s not better news, and best of luck

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  48. Jasna

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you could please advise on the following. I am a non EU citizen married to an EU citizen working in Sweden. As such, I just recently joined my husband who is working in Sweden and I have applied for a residence card. However I will have to go to Italy for my PhD defence at the end of January and it is highly unlikely that I will receive my Swedish residence card by that time. Is there anything I can do to ensure my free return to Sweden after the PhD defence in Italy?
    Many thanks

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Jasna, I believe the answer to your question could be easy if you are allowed to stay in Sweden (and the EU/Schengen Zone) as a tourist for three months, and your time in Italy and returning to Sweden is within this three months. In this case I believe you have free movement in the EU/Schengen area for this amount of time. However you could still potentially run into trouble at an airport in Italy, for example, if someone required you to have a return ticket to your home country because they saw your three months were about to expire in the EU/Schengen Zone.

      If you needed a visa to enter Sweden then I believe you will have more trouble with this and I would refer you to this person’s situation.
      Good Luck
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  49. Gheo

    Hi there!I am an EU citizen i got married with my wife almost 2 months ago.How do i get a residence permit or personnummer?i applied at the migration last year as Planning to marry or become a common law spouses…tough i didnt get any response yet and in the meantime we got married.As i understand the personnummer you get it from the tax office and the residence permit from the migration board…the tax office officers they got me until now wrong information telling me that me and my wife need to have lived together OUTSIDE of Sweden and such( its like a swedish citizen cant get inlove to a foreigner or met someone in Sweden and get married and so on, while they are in Sweden) ! My wife is Swedish and im from EU.We meet almost 2 years ago online and i decided to move in Sweden to live with her after 3 months.We lived together ever since and we got married 2 months ago.Its fucking frustrating because on the phone they say one thing and in person another thing.So how do i apply to get a personnummer and the residence permit?im totally confused here… i dont work but i have opened a ”company” trying to do something ( im a photographer ) then to hit walls because i cant operate nothing because of the damn personnummer i cant have bank account to manage my company finances taxes and so on ( a fucking nightmare ) so im basically stopped in my tracks , its a damn paradox! Registered to arbetsformedlingen more than 4 months ago and that doesnt help with nothing ( not if you dont have high skills and degrees and such ) town is small arbetsformedlingen didnt helped me to get any damn job, you can find jobs yourself, arbetsformedlingen is just useless…( sending them activity reports for what…) .So the idea that we need to go and live outside Sweden and the return to Sweden so then i can apply for residence permit its outrageous!I guess the tax office agent was high on snus or something or they are doing it on purpose as i saw in many cases…so basically my wife is married with ”no one” i dont appear in any system that i live with her on this address and so on.On the personbevis that is on her name…is stated at the end the name oh the husband and thats it …no folkbokforing info for me because im from ”no where and i live in…no where”.I dont even appear that i live with my wife.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Gheo- it sounds like a completely frustrating situation you’re in. In any case congratulations on your marriage.

      Perhaps what is confusing people is that you first filled out an application as planning to marry a Swedish citizen. In this case you have to live outside Sweden until you are approved to come and marry. To try and solve this I would say talk with Migrationsverket and tell them you want to cancel this application. If it’s possible get a receipt or confirmation that your application is cancelled and then you can show this to the people at Skatteverket.

      Actually coming to Sweden as a tourist (or just taking advantage of your right of free movement as an EU citizen) and then getting married while you are in the country is not addressed anywhere that I can find with Migrationsverket or Skatteverket. I talked to one other person who was in the exact same situation as you. She said that when Skatteverket is processing you for a personnummer, they say what comes first is your marriage and that in your case the fact that you are an EU citizen is secondary. Meaning, your eligibility for a personnummer depends on your marriage rather than the fact that you are an EU citizen.

      Theoretically to apply based on your marriage, you and your wife need to take your marriage certificate to Skatteverket and register your marriage. Then theoretically you can apply for a personnummer.

      This is my best understanding of the process. I’m afraid you have a future of waiting in queues at government offices ahead of you, but hopefully eventually it will get straightened out. It’s ironic because it seems like it should be easier for EU citizens, but actually it seems to be more complicated.

      If you find out any information along the way then feel free to post back because then we can figure out the actual confirmed process for those in the same situation. Best of luck for your frustrating situation.

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    2. Anonymous

      Hey have you tried the coordination number?with that you can open a bank account and have any other activity that you want…

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  50. Christelle

    Hi
    Have a friend she live in Italy and went to move to Sweden she have the residents permanent from Italy what is the procedure in SE? And she have a Swedish child

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  51. doni

    hey!im doni im an eu citizen and i have just received the coordination number.can my husband non eu citizen join me now?thanx for you support 😉

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  52. tuff

    thanks for the reply?

    – is it possible for me to apply for the residents permit when am seeking asylum in Germany.

    – If its possible for me to apply. Under which application will I go…. Non EU citizen or EU citizen….

    – Am I suppose to paid the application fees.. because am applying base on family ties… she is my girlfriend which we previously live together in Sweden… and we plan to marry.

    please help me? if you have more advised you can shear with me? hejdå…..

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  53. Administrator Post author

    Hello again Tuff,
    I would think that you can apply for a residence permit based on being a family member in Sweden, no matter what other applications you have outstanding in other EU countries. However this is just a guess- I don’t have experience with this specific situation.

    I think you would apply as a non-EU citizen if you don’t have any long-term documents from Germany (l don’t think Germany is giving permanent residency to asylum seekers), and also pay any associated fees with the application.

    And just to confirm- you lived with your girlfriend for less than two years, correct? If you lived with her for at least two years then you can apply for a residence permit in Sweden as a common-law spouse. If not then you apply based on “coming to Sweden to with plans to marry someone

    Good luck

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    1. Tuff

      Tnx… for the reply?

      I check on the page and they said I have to scan all the document attached..

      – Can I scan our pictures and text message’s at the same time… Or they will ask me to do that latter….?

      – She was thinking of moving her address to Germany and then later take it back to Sweden.. Do you think it is possible… If possible how long is she supose to move it back after she move to Germany…. tnx?

      – I still dnt handerstand on the payment fee.. on their page they said if you are moving to a family/spouse you dnt have to pay. what about my issue…..

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      1. Administrator Post author

        Hello Tuff,
        I’m not sure about the specifics for scanning your documents- maybe someone else reading will know.

        As for how long she can stay abroad, and how/if that would affect your application for a residence permit, I’m afraid they are too technical for me to answer. Again maybe someone else reading will know, and I would also recommend asking someone at Migrationsverket this question- they should know for certain.

        For the payment, I’m not sure on this question either. As you point out, the page is ambiguous if you must pay the 1,500 SEK fee or not. (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Fees.html) The question is, as a future spouse/common-law spouse of an EU citizen, do you need to pay? Another question for a reader or Migrationsverket.

        Sorry not to be of more help on this one. If you find any information from speaking with Migrationsverket feel free to post back with what you learn. Good luck

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      2. Tuff

        Tnx for the reply Mr/ Mrs administrator .

        – I have this document’s with me…
        – Passport
        – birthday certificate
        – Bachelor certificate
        – My asylum document
        – My girlfriend personbevies.

        Do you think I need additional documents to add…Or that is enough? if possible I have

        – videos
        – pictures
        – text messages

        That show’s I live with her together in Sweden before?

  54. Sam

    Hi how are you

    I have a question about Sam sex civil partnership. Can you please tell me what’s a different between marriage and civil partnership?
    I am a gay I live in Sweden as a asylum seeker and my boyfriend friend have a permanent in Sweden. What dacoments requires for civil partnership or marriage for skattavekat please tell thanks

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Sam,

      As I understand they are basically an equivalent status, except a marriage is performed in a church and a civil partnership is performed in a court room. It’s no problem for same-sex marriages or civil partnerships in Sweden because the law is written in gender-neutral terms.

      I believe you may be asked to provide an official document from your home country that says you are not married or, if you have been, that you are legally divorced.

      Perhaps someone else reading has more information, and if you discover anything else please post back here.

      Good luck

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  55. doni

    Hey it me again doni!thank you very much for your answer… can u tell what procedures should we follow after my husband comes here?would be so much helpfull tu me if i would now where should i redirect
    ….thanks and merry christmas :))

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello again Doni. Just read through that link I sent before (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Work-study-or-live-in-Sweden-for-EU-citizens/Residence-cards-for-family-who-are-non-EU-citizens.html).

      It tells you how your husband can apply for a visa to come meet you in Sweden (if he needs a visa) and it has the links to the application forms for a residence permit once he arrives in Sweden with you. It also has all the information on what to include: passport copy, marriage certificate, etc.

      Good luck

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  56. chepkie

    Hello Administrator,
    Thank you for coming to our aid in answering the many questions asked here.
    I am a Kenyan lady married to a Swede in the year 2013 in Vaxjo City Sweden. My husband has been visiting me back in my country prior to us getting married. My husband has already registered me at the personbevis so i have a personal number which i understand can assist me to get a job in Sweden when i move there. My question is can i apply for residence permit while am on visit visa in Sweden since i want to settle there? or can i apply for residence card basing on the EU rules?. On 23rd December 2015 i was rejected a visa reason not being established in my home country yet my husband is the one supporting me at all times. Second, can i apply for residence permit in my home country then visit Sweden with a visa if granted (appealed yet to received feedback). Can my child(not Swedish) who is above 18 join me in Sweden when i get the residence permit. I will appreciate your feedback on this disturbing questions. Thank you.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Chepkie, I believe the official position from Migrationsverket is that if you are not an EU citizen then you must apply for a residence permit from your home country to move to your husband, and not come to Sweden until you have received this.

      You can find more information about your child (who is over 18 years of age) moving to you through this link: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Close-relative.html.

      As for traveling to Sweden while your residence permit application is being processed, or applying for a residence permit from within Sweden, there are many different situations talked about on this website- see the Comment Directory under the heading, Applying for a Residence Permit/Personnummer Inside/Outside Sweden.

      Good luck!

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  57. doni

    Hey its doni again…i am a bit concern.my husband who is non eu citizen he should apply for a rezidence card in his home country or he applies after he joins me in sweden directly from sweden?thank you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello again Doni,
      You just need to read through the information in this link: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Work-study-or-live-in-Sweden-for-EU-citizens/Residence-cards-for-family-who-are-non-EU-citizens.html

      If your husband needs a visa to come and meet you then he can find information on how to apply through that link. The visa is simply giving him permission to travel to Sweden (if he needs permission).

      Then he can travel to Sweden to join you and apply from within Sweden for his residence card.

      Good luck

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  58. Emily

    Hi there! First of all, thank you for being so incredibly patient and informative with your replies!

    I tried hard to search for an answer to my problem within the comments but to no avail. 😦 I think perhaps my situation is a little different.

    I am dating a Swede but am currently working in Malaysia doing the whole LDR thing. My plan to is apply for a Masters programme in Sweden for the academic year starting Aug 2017.

    I am still somewhat unsure of how to go about things. I can only afford to move to Sweden if I get into a masters programme AND be exempted from tuition fees. Which requires me to obtain sambo residency prior to that.

    Could you advise on if the following:

    1. Is there a stipulated time period within which you must move to Sweden, after being granted residency?

    2. Does migrationsverket take into consideration the preferred date of my moving to Sweden as stated in the form? (I.e. If the approval comes in Dec 2016 and I’m only able to move to Sweden in Sept 2017. Would that be a problem?)

    3. Is being granted residency enough to qualify for university tuition fee exemption? Would I require the Personnummer or ID card?

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Emily and thanks for reading,

      First, I’m not sure about a time period in which you must move to Sweden, or about preferred moving dates. However, I can tell you that when I applied for a residence card I specified I would be there for at least a year and possibly longer, and the residence card I received was valid for five years (and my spouse only had a secured source of funding – a scholarship – for one year). I would think that as long as you have a valid residence permit you can come and go as you please, however with the sambo (moving to Sweden with plans to marry someone- for anyone else who may be reading) I think you are wise to ask this question. Maybe someone else reading will have some knowledge about this.

      You’ve probably already researched this, but I’ll mention it anyway. I know for some (perhaps many) university programs you can be admitted/get scholarships even if you are not a Swedish or an EU citizen. For example, the graduate program my wife did had students from the US, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan who got full scholarships.

      Hope this helps, and good luck!

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  59. lori

    Hi!my name is lori..firt i would like to thank you in advance for giving me and the other the opportunity to get a valid opinion for our situations…i am an eu citizen for rumania and i m married to a non eu citizen.me and my husband we have both recenlty moved to sweden two mothns ago.i m registered at the skateverket and at the arbetsfomendlingen.i have received a cordination number and i m unemployed for the moment but registered as a job seeker.i have rented a house and we are living with our savings…my question is since you see it by your self and dont fullfill all the criterias that my husband earn a rezidence card but i want to know if can he earn just the right to stay with me and live but not working not studying just the right to stay with me?because in the end of these month his 3 months tourist rights ends and he is obligated to go back…i hope i get and answer from you soon and maybe a good one because being apart its so difficult for us…thank you sir again

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Lori,
      Yes, that is a very hard and frustrating situation to be in. The only thing I can think to suggest is that when your husband applies for a residence card, perhaps he can indicate that he only plans to stay for one year (if you have enough savings to meet the minimum income requirement for one year, or maybe even just six months).

      It sounds like you are taking all the necessary steps to find a job, so once you do that then it should be no problem for him to apply for a residence permit for the standard five years, and afterwards permanent residence.

      All the best of luck!

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  60. Pariz

    Hello Admin’ Thank you for all the helpful information you have posted in your website’.
    I am a Swedish citizen who been living in Canada for almost 22 years and never became a Canadian citizen because I was afraid to loose my Swedish citizenship. I remarried and registered my marriage in Sweden 5 years ago and applied for PR to bring my wife to Sweden within Canada but her application was rejected based of I being here in Canada and was asked to show my plans regarding work or residency in Sweden which at the time I did not appeal and
    decided to apply to bring her to Canada instead but unfortunately I had a un discharged bankruptcy from 2007 and could not apply for her PR until 2014. Again on December 7 of 2015
    Canadian immigration rejected her Application based on very unreasonable grounds and asked me to go to a hearing which in that point I withdrew my file and decided to go back to Sweden.
    I will be moving back in 2 weeks from now since I have lost my hope to a system which failed me as a tax payer in this country after so many years. My question is if I need to fill another application while I am in Sweden? Do I need to show a Maintenance report as a Swedish Citizen? Any help and suggestion will be highly appreciated. Thanks again

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Pariz,

      That’s surprising to hear how it went in Canada- it sounds difficult. Hopefully you will have a better time back in Sweden.

      If you have an outstanding application with Migrationsverket you should contact them and say that you want to modify your application instead of submitting a new application.

      If you have already received a decision from Migrationsverket then you should also be able to appeal that if you believe it is an incorrect decision.

      Otherwise you can make a new application, but if your circumstances are the same and it hasn’t been long since your last decision then I don’t think Migrationsverket would reverse itself.

      According to Migrationsverket’s webpage, you are not subject to the maintenance requirement if you are a Swedish citizen. (https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/For-the-relative-in-Sweden/Maintenance-requirement.html)

      Since you can read Swedish you are already a step ahead of most people, so I would recommend reading through Migrationsverket’s website for better answers than those I could give you.

      Good luck

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  61. anonymous

    Hello admin!

    My partner is from a None-EU country but doesn’t require any visa to enter Sweden.
    We applied to live together in Sweden long time ago and soon our application will start to be proceed, or “considered”.
    As I already live in Sweden and have a permanent residency.

    Wanna ask what would happen if my partner visits me in Sweden, if it’s such as a normal visit, and under which reason or law do they say in migrationsverket that:

    “You may not enter Sweden while your application is being considered. Your permit must be ready before you travel to Sweden.”
    – as written in the link below, under the band number (6) :

    https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Planning-to-marry-or-become-the-common-law-spouse/How-to-apply.html

    Why isn’t it allowed to my partner to visit Sweden? and what would happen if my partner does visit Sweden normally and without breaking any rules?

    Thanks a lot for the useful answers,
    anonymous.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello,

      Yes, I agree that rule doesn’t make much sense, especially if your partner would normally be allowed to come as a tourist. As for the legal justification behind the rule, you would have to ask those who made it.

      Others have written on this forum that they/their partners have visited Sweden while the application was being processed and it didn’t cause any problems. It seems like it is one of those things you do at your own risk.

      Good luck

      https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-127

      https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-194

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  62. ahmad

    I have a question
    My wife and three children are in sweden and have permanent resident parmit .
    I aplied 7 months befor online to re unite with my family .
    I got an email for interwew and fingerpring in embassy . I did the interwew and finger printing

    My main question is
    For how long more i must wait for a decision . After my interwew and its become 8th month of my online aplication .

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      1. Ahmad

        Thank u so much from reply .
        I saw the waiting time but thats janeral and 3 types 8 8-14 and 14-21 but thats calculate from first day of apply .
        And also they told at the website that if a person aplly online the decision would fastar than . I just want to know that my 8 months is gone and i have interwewd as well in embassy it mean that they saw my cause in sweden and because they gave me the interviw to go to embasy . . .
        Jus i want to know the estamate waiting time after interwew how long would be regarding to your experience ?
        Thanks

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello again, unfortunately I can’t tell you any further information that would be useful, but hopefully someone else reading with a similar experience will post a reply to you.

  63. Tuff

    Hello once again Mr Adminstrator?

    My girlfriend send Migrationversket a mail regarding my issue, if I can do the application base on being asylum seeker in another EU member country. But she didn’t get any reply yet… I also talk with both Span, Italy & Germany Swedish embassy’s and this is what they said to me?

    Spain;
    If you are a legal asylum seeker with passport her in Spain you may apply for a Swedish resident/work permit to move to your partner in Sweden.

    Germany:
    You can apply for a residence permit for Sweden on family ties. On the Homepage of the Swedish Migration Agency you’ll find detailed information.

    Italy:
    You may apply on-line.

    Mr Adminstrator pls help us we both confused with my girlfriend… should we wait until we hear from the migrationversket, or we colify to do the application. tnx?

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  64. Administrator Post author

    Hello Tuff,

    You have really been doing your research and talking with all those countries. Unfortunately those officials haven’t answered any of your previous questions about the family/non-family application fee, or applying as an EU/non-EU citizen.

    Hopefully Migrationsverket will answer all of your questions clearly so you know what to do next. I can’t advise you either way on waiting for their reply or making an application now. It’s hard to say when they will respond to you, but modifying an application you have already submitted will take some time as well.

    Maybe someone else reading will have a better answer for you. Best of luck

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  65. ella

    Hi!my name is ella.im eu citizen from bulgaria recently moved here with my husband non eu citizen.we have applied for a rezidence permit card for my husband through marriage but my husband has came here with the right ti stay in shengen area 3 months.his right expires for 10 days from now and our concern and our question is can he stay here till the day that he gets a deciaion from migrationsverket or he should go back to his coutry because he may burns his passport staying here after his right for 3 months?i have read your history but since u had an us passport and that is very powerfull and dont know if its applied to everyone who has an application still in consideration.and if we get a negative answer does we have the right to apply again and again or we apply just once and we loose the right to do it again.thank you sir have a nice weekend

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Ella, I believe as long as he makes an application for a residence permit before the three months expire then he can stay while it is being processed. This was how it was for me and it was fine- I don’t think a US passport is different than any other non-EU passport in this case.

      As I understand, if the application is rejected then you have the right to appeal, and if the appeal is rejected then he must leave. However, as long as you both have enough to support yourselves and have medical insurance then I don’t think his application will be rejected- he has the full right to be in Sweden as your spouse.

      Good luck and have a nice weekend as well!

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      1. ella

        Hello once again!thank you fir your answer sir and if i may can a ask you another question?if he get rejected and we appeal and rejected as well of course he will leave but can he come back and apply again after for exemple we have fixed the problem or the reason why he did get rejected?because for the moment now i am in a practice contract and after 3 months i get the employment.if he gets rejected for this reason can he come back and apply after 3 months when i had start the job?because its very unfair that if we apply and appeal rejected both than he losses the right to apply again after we have fullfill the condition.
        Thank you sir

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello again Ella,

        I would advise that when you apply also show proof of your practice contract and tell Migrationsverket that you should have a normal contract in three months. Also tell that you are applying before you have your normal contract because his 90 days will run out soon. It seems they should be able to see your situation is okay, and at least issue him a residence permit that is valid for a six months or a year, then he can apply for a permit that is valid longer.

        Anyway, here is the Migrationsverket webpage that explains what to do if the application is refused: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/After-the-decision-has-been-made.html

        One other thing you can try is extending his visa, then applying for a residence permit later once you have a normal work contract: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden/Extend-a-visit.html

        This raises the question: what if the application to extend his visa is denied and his 90 days have already passed? I don’t know the answer for this, so if you try and extend his visa, I would also say speak with someone in Migrationsverket, tell them the situation, and ask if it is okay to apply for a residence permit if the visa extension doesn’t work.

        Best of luck!

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  66. ella

    Sir we have applied for a rezidence permit so basically from what i read here we are in a very difficult situation.because if he get rejected we accept the decision and he goes back he cannot come any more for some years maybe four i read at the link you e-mailed me.how can we fix this sir because it is not human to keep a couple separated for some years.i thought that when he gets rejected he goes back and when i had all my employment issues done he comes and apply again.where can i ask about this sir?thank you again and sorry for bothering you so much but now im very sad for what i got as an answer

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Don’t worry- you just need to wait to see what Migrationsverket says about the application. Maybe the application will be accepted. If not then you can make an appeal, and hopefully by then you’ll have a normal work contract. You can always email or call Migrationsverket to ask for advice on what you can do.

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  67. Tintin

    Admin- Thank you for the very informative website you have created, I wish I would have come across it sooner.

    My question to you is; my wife has been living in the US with me(a US citizen) for over 12 years and now she also has a US Citizenship because of it, she is also a Swedish citizen.

    We plan to move to Sweden in the next 12-24 months after she finishes her MBA. I recently filed, but I am reading some individuals have been denied due to the fact that they do not have direct plans to move to Sweden. Will an exact date with predetermined employment cause issues? I feel like the Swedish Migrationsverket site is somewhat contradicting in this aspect so I am unsure of the clear answer here.

    To add to all of this while visiting the immigration office outside of Stockholm we where both advised that we would have to move to Sweden and apple while I was in the country…

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Tintin, unfortunately I don’t have a clear answer for you either. However it sounds like many of the red flags for Migrationsverket – short-term marriage, unemployment, etc – are definitely avoided in your situation, so I would suspect that your biggest potential hurdle would be just waiting for all your paperwork to go through (however you end up applying).

      Even though it contradicts the information on the Migrationsverket webpage about “moving to someone in Sweden” who is your spouse, if they told you to apply once you are already in Sweden I guess you can follow those instructions.

      Interesting to hear that is what they advised. Hopefully your wife speaks Swedish- that can be the best asset for navigating the ambiguity.

      Feel free to post back with what you ultimately find works- I’ve been in contact with several people in your situation, and the solution for what to do has thus-far remained ambiguous.

      Good luck!

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  68. Tojat

    i am married to a finnish citizen with 2 children .i have a resident permit A but want to move to sweden.How do we go about it

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Tojat- I’m not sure how the Finnish Permit A translates to the residence permit/permanent residence permit in Sweden, however I believe this would only be an issue if you were applying for a Swedish residence permit based on being an EU permanent resident- in fact you will be applying based on your status as being married to an EU (nordic) citizen. So to answer your question:

      Finnish citizens are part of the Nordic Agreement Sweden has with its neighbors: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen.html

      So for your Finnish spouse, once he/she is registered with Skatteverket/Swedish Tax Agency (or perhaps at the same time while this registration is being processed) you (as a non-EU citizen) can apply for a residence permit based on your marriage. You can find information about this and the application form for this on this other Migrationsverket page: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen/Permits-for-family-members/Residence-card-in-accordance-with-EU-rules.html

      If the children are Finnish citizens then it seems they need only register with Skatteverket, or if not (if they are non-EU citizens) then they can fill out the same application as you. The Migrationsverket website also says you can make your application for a residence permit once you’ve arrived in Sweden, and if you need a visa to travel to Sweden they will also grant you this.

      Those Migrationsverket links should give you a good start for the whole process. Good luck!

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  69. Luciano

    Hi. I would like to know if it’s possible to make request for the personnumer with an internship contract of six month. It’s a post graduate internship so I can’t be considered as a student and I’m an European citizien.
    Thank you very much for your answer.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Luciano, I see why you have this question- I haven’t been able to find any information from Skatteverket about your situation either. I think Skatteverket could provide you with a direct answer.

      Feel free to post back with what you find because others can benefit from this information.

      The information I have been able to find about EU citizens getting a personnummer is detailed here: https://openbordersimmigration.com/getting-a-personal-number-personnummer-in-sweden/#eu_or_eea_member_citizen_from_a_country_in_europe

      Perhaps someone else reading will have better information for you. Good luck

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Babs, you can find information about the Dublin agreement/procedure/protocol here: http://www.migrationsverket.se/download/18.39a9cd9514a34607721417/1421422698207/Dublinprocessen_en.pdf

      You can find this document in other languages here:
      http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Protection-and-asylum-in-Sweden/Applying-for-asylum/You-cannot-choose-the-country-where-your-application-for-asylum-is-examined-the-Dublin-Regulation.html

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  70. Sami

    Hi,
    I’m Palestinian Syrian. I left finger prints in Czeach Republic 7 months ago, nevertheless, I continued to Sweden where my father has a residence permit. I have lived with him for seven months illegally.
    Can I now go to Migrationsverket (Migration Agency in Sweden) and apply for asylum without having my application refused and, accordingly, being deported to Czeach.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Sami,

      Yes, Sweden has set a precedent for processing your claim as a refugee/subsidiary protection and allowing you to remain in Sweden, even if you gave your fingerprints to another EU country.

      Even though this goes against the Dublin Regulation, which says your refugee claim must be processed in the first EU country in which you arrive, Sweden has been processing asylum/refugee/subsidiary protection applications made by Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghanis who have arrived in Sweden via another EU country.

      Furthermore, the Dublin Regulation also has a provision that if you have ties to an EU country, for reasons such as having a family member there (this is your case), then it allows that EU country to process your claim even if it is not the first EU country you arrive to.

      Anyway, this is my understanding of how it is currently working in Sweden. I would say apply with Migrationsverket now because it seems as more time passes the less receptive the government will be to more refugee applicants. Here is a website with links to some resources that might be helpful:
      http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/sweden-pro-bono-directory

      Best of luck

      I would refer anyone else reading your post to this page: https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-refugee-asylum-in-sweden/

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  71. Babs

    I was previous in Sweden to seek asylum, and they told me they found my finger in Italy.. so I was needed to go back to Italy.
    so from there I move to stay with my girlfriend whom we r deeply in love.. finally they got me and send me back to Italy? but Italy ask me to go to where I want to go. so i chose to come back to Sweden b/c of my girlfriend.. so when I got to Germany police control me and I decided to seek asylum… and now Germany told me they found my finger in Sweden, So is Sweden who have the right for my asylum application.. and now I’m confused i dnt know what to do… b/c I really want to be in Sweden with my girlfriend…

    – I want to know if I send back to Sweden will they accept to open my file.
    – can you tell me what is going to happen…

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  72. Abou O

    Hi,
    I was married to a Swedish girl for 5 years and living abroad. We have a small baby. We decided to move to Sweden and I got my temporary residency. After two month of living together in Sweden, she decided to divorce me.. Can I continue to live in Sweden next to my baby or she can revoke my permit?

    Best

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Abou O, I can’t find any information about your specific situation. In any case though, it sounds complicated enough that you could have a chance to live in Sweden, and I’d recommend finding a lawyer to talk with. Hopefully someone else reading will have a more informative answer for you. Good luck

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  73. Beno

    Hello admin…
    I m married to an eu citizen who has registrered her right to reside here in sweden.im planing to apply for a rezidence permit based on marriage as an non eu citizen married to en eu citizen.i have come here with the right to be in the shengen area for 3 months.i have done all my paper ready to send the application online.my questions are.do i have the right to stay here while im in process even in my 3 months right expires?and how do i know that my passport will not be burned while i stay here in the processing time?thank you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Beno, yes I believe as long as you apply before your three months have passed then you can stay in Sweden while your application is processed. Are they asking you to send in your passport? As I remember, when I applied I just sent a photocopy of my passport.

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      1. Beno

        No sir they havent.my concern is if a get a negative answer and i go back how do i prove when i pass the passport control in the aeroport for example?because i dont want to get my passport burned just because i have disobey the rule to stay in shengen area for 3 months.do i get a paper from the police that i have the right to stay without risking my passport while im in process?

      2. Administrator Post author

        Ah, okay I see what you mean. If you get a negative answer then I think they provide you with documents that let you leave the country with no problems. On this Migrationsverket page it says if your application is denied then you have the right to appeal, and more information will be detailed in the decision you receive (at the bottom of this page): http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Work-study-or-live-in-Sweden-for-EU-citizens/Residence-cards-for-family-who-are-non-EU-citizens.html

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  74. Cherry Elauria

    Hi! I have a question.

    My boyfriend and I were planning to get married by the end of this year but not in Sweden.. maybe in HK or in my country, Philippines .. He wants me to stay with him and live with him in Sweden right after the wedding. I just want to know what should I do first or is it possible for me to obtain a residence card in Sweden? What are the docs that I need to present and to prepare? I am also planning to take up PhD in Sweden, What should I do and prepare for? Hope you can help me. Or any advice? Thank you.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Cherry Elauria, congratulations on your upcoming wedding. It sounds like your boyfriend is a Swedish citizen. The Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) has a page that explains how you can prepare to move to live with your future husband in Sweden (this link is for you if you are already married by the time you want to move to Sweden): http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse.html

      If you already have a residence permit based on your marriage to a Swedish citizen then I don’t think you need to do anything special to get into grad school.

      As for documents, you will need to show that you have health insurance and I believe that is it. Of course, you also need to have your official marriage certificate, and you may need to get it translated (I know they also accept marriage certificates in English).

      I would recommend reading around the web to see what else you can find- I wasn’t in your situation of going to school or marrying a Swedish person, so perhaps there’s something I’m missing. But as far as I know you just need to fill out the applications and follow what’s written on that Migrationsverket link. Have fun

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  75. Riste

    Hi..administration
    I am from non eu country but in sangen zone so I can visit Sweden as a tourist. I have a girlfriend that she is from Sweden ( Sweden citizen) so my question is if we get married in Sweden I will be eable to stay in there and work? Thanks a lot

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Riste, I’m not sure about the answer to your question. You are in a gray zone so I can’t tell you the details for certain. Feel free to post back with how it goes because I get this question a lot, but I haven’t heard back from anyone who has done this.

      In theory you get married, register your marriage with skatteverket, and then apply for a residence permit. Of course though, there is this page (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse.html) that indicates you take another course of action. I can’t find addressed anywhere what to do if you get married in Sweden to a Swedish citizen while you are there on a tourist visa.

      Good luck

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  76. Gridi

    Dear administrator
    I m eu citizen living in sweden with a sammordnings nummer.i have a job contract.my question is how can i change it from sammorndings number to a swedish personal number?thank you

    Enjoy your day

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Gridi- I don’t have experience with your situation, and I can only offer you a general answer. This is what I’ve found for the personnummer for EU citizens: https://openbordersimmigration.com/getting-a-personal-number-personnummer-in-sweden/#eu_or_eea_member_citizen_from_a_country_in_europe

      If you meet these conditions then I think you can apply for a personnummer with Skatteverket (http://www.skatteverket.se)

      Perhaps someone else reading will give you a more specific answer. Good luck

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  77. Liaqat Ali

    Hi! I have 2 questions.

    I am a Non-EU citizen and my wife is Swedish living in ulricehamn. After the court marriage in my home county (Non-EU) Now i have applied for a residence permit. When i see the immigration website and what the people says to me make me scare and disappointing that now i will have to wait for 10 months or may be 18 months to get the residence permit. I can’t wait for this long time. My questions are can i go on a tourist visa if i have already applied for permanent residence ? and how many percent chances are that the embassy will give me visa in this case ?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Liaqat Ali,
      I hear your question often and unfortunately I don’t have an answer for you. Perhaps someone reading will be able to respond with more information.

      What I can at least say for certain is that it is Migrationsverket’s official stance that you must wait outside of Sweden until you receive your residence permit. http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse.html

      Feel free to post back with more information as your situation develops. Best of luck

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  78. Macie

    Thank you so much for all that you are doing for so many people!! I read through as many of the above questions as I could but would like to ask specifically to my case as well 🙂

    My boyfriend (Swedish) and I (American) submitted an online application for my Residence Permit Card on Dec 06, 2015. Before any decisions are made, I understand that the Swedish Migration Agency must first invite me to book an appointment for an interview, photographs and fingerprints at an embassy in the US. I understand that 70% of the applicants take up to 14 months when it’s all said and done. The answer I can’t seem to find however is : Am I able to travel to and/or stay in Sweden for up to three months (as I do not require a Visa) while we wait for our pending application to be approved? If so, what is the best way to go about this without affecting our wait-time or eligibility? Once we receive our approval letter, am I able to pick-up the Residence Permit Card at the Swedish Migration Agency upon arriving back in Sweden?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Macie, I’m afraid you are technically not supposed to enter Sweden while your application is pending. As for the consequences you will face if you do this, they also don’t seem to be major.

      Here are two links for people who were in a similar situation:
      https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-80
      and
      https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-194

      Good luck
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  79. Anonymous

    I am from India I applied new residence permit application in January 2015, so its been 13 months waiting for their answer. From 2012 June I was living in sweden and I started working in the same year, I broke up with my (Ex)girlfriend, then I stayed in sweden because of job. But in 2014 they deported me that time I was in a new relationship still we are in relationship. I thought may be I can retain my permit because of my job, unfortunately they closed my previous case I took my ticket back home to India went to swedish embessy in new delhi then I found I got a ban for one year because I stayed 2 week extra than my residence permit. Me and my girl friend apealed against the desition both time they rejected with NO. Then they redirected us to apply new application ie registered on January 2015. I am done with my interview from embessy in july. Nothing happened after that, I do have a personal number and skaverket id kort(card) valid until 2017. I am hoping a positive result from them , so if they grand me permit will I get the same personal number? I am so tired contacting immigration board. I am getting so frustrated staying so long in this queue.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello, yes it sounds like you’re having a very frustrating time. I believe the personal number is based on your unique identifying information (birthdate, sex, where you were born) so it would remain the same.
      Hopefully you can stay patient and you get approved. It looks like at this point two years have gone by for your current relationship, so you could even apply for a residence permit based on a common-law marriage.

      Best of luck

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  80. nikhilponnara

    Hello Admin,
    I am non European(Indian) lived in Sweden before because of relationship 2012 to 2014 july, that relationship ended and I back to India my own in October 2014, I over stayed couple of weeks so I got a ban, same time I was in a new relationship and we been living together but we weren’t registered spouse. My new girlfriend is Swedish, because I over stayed I got a re-entry ban for an year, we appealed against the decision from India then both time they rejected my appeal, so we submitted a new application in December 2014. During my former stay I always worked for same employer too. Right now I am waiting for my new application that was registered on 24th January 2015, so soon it will be 13 months. So I am living in India from September 2014 till now waiting for their decision. My employer from Sweden still want to hire me, he said he can fix work permit. By law I am sure I am not allowed to have two applications at a time, is there anyway my boss can help me and speed up these process? We haven’t got any case officer yet it seems, I never anticipated this long queue. To be honest my whole stay in Sweden was a tragic, my girl friend says there is nothing else we can do than waiting, I am scared what if they will say no. She visited me twice during this period, I can see that 70% application need processing time of 14months. We are not even married or registered spouse. She asked immigration whether it will help us to speed up the process if we get married, but they said that will not help. We have no idea what to do, do you have any advice for us? I appreciate time and effort.

    Thank you!
    Nikhil

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Nikhil,
      That sounds like a frustrating situation, and I’m afraid I don’t know of any way to speed up the process. You could try and get your outstanding application cancelled, then have your employer arrange to sponsor you for a work permit- I would imagine the total time waiting for that would be shorter than waiting for an application to go through to join a future spouse (I’m assuming you applied via this route). However since you are already waiting over 13 months for this latter application, you might as well hold out for a decision. The real question is, how long does a work permit take to process, and unfortunately I don’t know the answer to this.

      Hopefully you will receive a positive decision on your current outstanding application soon.

      Best of luck

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      1. Anonymous

        well i just read your case and because i know some informations maybe can help a little so i decide to write some lines here
        first i will not recomend you transfer your application to a application for a work permit because its very tough and got 10 times requieremnts than a family renufication
        there is diferent rules that apply to hire someone from outside sweden wich is divided in 2 groupes eu citezens and no eu citezens for a swedish employer befaure he is elegible to hire some one from outside eu he must first had posted the offer to arbetsförmedling for some time then when he doesn t have any candidate he must go through eures i mean european citizen than he can apply for someone outside europe it look like that job must be something very specific and they don t have competency to cover it

  81. Cecii

    Hello Administrator.

    I want to know how can asylum seeker in Sweden get a resident permit base on family ties. An asylum seeker living together with his girlfriend and they were planning to get married.. If it’s possible, how will he go by the process tnx.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Cecii, I think you would need to cancel the asylum application and then apply from your home country to move to a future spouse in Sweden. However waiting for this to go through currently takes at least around 14 months.

      Good luck

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  82. Shafi

    Hi Admin
    I just want ask u that i appiled for sweden permmant card on last week so how long it wil take for prossecing .. But still i dont get Any email from migration how long i have to wait for that usully .. Am non eu

    Thanks shafi

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  83. Joshua

    Hi Admin, please I would like to know what chances I have in getting a resident permit from my home country Nigeria ?I got married to my Danish woman here in Nigeria February 2016 , she is planning to move to Sweden any time soon and once she settles in there, I will be making preparation to join her over there in Sweden .

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Joshua, I believe you can move with your wife to Sweden whenever you want. All you need is to meet the health insurance and income requirements, and they take her income into consideration when you are applying.

      Have fun

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  84. Aliano Fann

    Hello! I’m about to have an interview in Swedish Mission (in Vietnam) I’m so nervous. My fiance is Swedish, living in Sweden. We’ve been trying to get me resident permit for 2 years now, so i can move there and we can get married. We were denied. And now I’ve got an appointment again. Last time, they asked me to give them reason why they’d trust me, that our love and engagement is real. I dont remember what i said, but we got denied. Its so frustrating. I dont know whats more convincing than the truth. What should i answer those question? I’m not so good at “feeling” and “emotion” talk. Any tips plz? Thk u in advancce!

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    1. Egi

      Hey

      You can say that since you ve met her all the musics make sense….
      I believe youll get aproved this time

      Lucka till

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    2. Administrator Post author

      Hello Aliano Fann,

      Sorry to hear you were denied, that sounds frustrating. Do you have any pictures with you both together, and pictures of you together with each others’ families. Also you could provide phone bills or chat logs that show you specifically talk with each other for many many hours. Those things could help.

      I’m not sure what they look for to demonstrate a marriage is “fake” in Sweden, but if it is similar to what they look for in the USA then it would be: different race, different religion, different language, different age.

      I’ve heard that it can even just depend on who interviews you- it could be someone sympathetic or someone skeptical. All you can do is try again and provide all the documentation you have that your relationship is real.

      Good luck and hopefully it works the second time.

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      1. John

        I’m in a Danish prison I just got to my girlfriend she’s a Swedish citizen!! I’m a non eu citizen(INDIAN) But I do have Danish CPR number I’m deported from Denmark. I do not want to go back to India I did apply Asylum in Denmark but they have Rejected my asylum application!! Can I applied for a resident permit for Sweden based on my wife she’s a swedish citizen!!
        I do not want to go to India and apply i want to move from Denmark to Sweden from the prison is it posible?

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello John,
        I believe as long as your residence permit for Denmark is valid, then you could stay in Sweden. I don’t know of any official legal way that you could move from Denmark to Sweden because of a residence permit based on either being married to a Swedish citizen, or moving to Sweden to marry a Swedish citizen- for both of these options, officially you need to apply from your home country and wait a considerable amount of time for your application to be approved and your residence permit to be prepared.

        Best of luck

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  85. galil olsen

    Hi were already apply for residence permit and waiting for an interview 3months now
    My question was is it really matter the age gap ? My husband is 55yrs. And im 20yrs. Were very afraid that we will be denied 😦
    Were married already.
    Appreciate much for your quick response

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Galil Olsen,
      The decision is entirely up to migrationsverket- I believe all you can do is wait, and be ready to present them any evidence that your marriage is “real” is they ask for it- for example, pictures of you together, with your families, shared purchases, chat logs, phone bills, etc

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  86. John

    Hello I just got married to a Swedish citizen. I’m sitting in a Danish prison. My wife live in Sweden she’s pregnant she don’t want I go to India from Denmark when i finish my sentence here in Denmark. Denmark want to deport me to India if Sweden does not take me from here I do not have Danish resident permit anymore! I do not want to go to India I want to start my life in Sweden! Is it posible that I can go to Sweden? My wife is 3 month pregnant my wife is Swedish citizen by birth I’m a Indian citizen what will he be Swedish citizen? Can I received my swedish resident card in the prison so when I finish here I can go to Sweden? we are married and the baby on the way!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello John,
      Normally Migrationsverket says you must apply for a residence permit to move to a spouse in Sweden from your home country, and wait there until the residence permit is ready for you. However, Migrationsverket says it might make an exception if your spouse in Sweden is pregnant:

      http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/If-you-are-in-Sweden.html

      To apply this way you need to fill out Form 161011, Assurance of Cohabitation, and Residence Permit for a Child to Settle in Sweden (you can find all these through the link above), and send these to the Migrationsverket office in Umeå.

      Best of luck

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  87. Pablo

    Well-written post. Very informative. My predicament is that I have just gone for an interview at the Swedish embassy, however, my wife has just discovered that she’d been emailed to provide more information to MV about two weeks ago (about the same time I was contacted to book an interview appointment). The message went into her junk instead of inbox. She only just saw it yesterday and hurriedly tried to complete the form but it seems to have timed out. My questions are: Is there any penalty for the lateness? Does this in any way affect our application? And if so, how? She is going to call them today to sort it out. any information helps. Thanks

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Pablo- unfortunately I can’t offer you any relevant information. I would say that perhaps someone who else reads may be able to, but it sounds like you don’t have any time to wait.
      Hopefully everything will be fine

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    2. Pariz

      Hello Pablo’
      Can you please tell me how long it took after you filed your application to be called for an interview? I just want to know the processing time.Thanks

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      1. Pablo

        Hi Paiz, sorry it took so long to respond. I hardly come on here. It took exactly eleven months and its past the twelth month now still waiting for decision. Your mileage may vary tho, yours may not take so long.

        All the best

  88. Andrew

    Hello Admin,

    I am a british citizen living in Sweden since November 2015. I have received my Personal number ID card late december and registered our marriage certificate in sweden. My wife is an non eu citizen, I have just come back from a long 7 weeks holiday to visit my wife in her home country.
    She has applied for a visa to visit sweden on tourist, which we are hoping she will be given one in a couple of weeks time.
    My sister in law (my wife’s sister) has her own company in sweden and is the person who will be covering the cost of her stay when she arrives.
    I have read your situation and I think I am in a similar situation as your wife being an eu citizen living in sweden.
    I just want to be sure if my wife arrives here on tourist, can she apply for a resident card and even if the wait for a reply can be longer than her 90days visa stay? What happens then?
    Correct me if I am wrong but I believe I need to have 3 months wage slips in the last three months if she is applying for a resident card?
    I am waiting for my work contract which I should receive soon, is there any minimum wage requirement?

    I hope you can help me out here, we really want to start our lives together as soon as possible. We are both in our twenties and have been married since August 2015.

    Thanks in advance!
    Andrew

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Andrew- congratulations on your recent marriage. Yes, I believe your wife can apply for a residence permit once she arrives in Sweden on a tourist visa (because you aren’t Swedish- for Swedish citizens it’s different). Also I believe it’s fine if the processing time exceeds her tourist visa, as long as she applies before her tourist visa expires.

      As for the financial requirements- I believe your wife needs to meet the maintenance requirement (https://www.migrationsverket.se/info/4442_en.html). When I got my residence permit my wife and I had just moved to Sweden and neither of us had jobs or much savings, however my wife had a scholarship to study there (~7,300 SEK/month- the minimum required amount at that time) and that was enough for me to qualify for a residence permit.

      Have fun

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      1. Andrew

        Thank you so much for your quick response! Much appreciated.
        Before moving to Sweden, I had planned to work at my sister in law (wife sister) company. When I applied for my personal ID card, I gave in my employment offer aplication which allowed me to get my personal id card. I’ve been training and helping out at my sister company since my arrival while waiting for my personal id card last late december.
        I was hoping to bring my wife over as a non eu spouse but also very worried looking at the processing time up to 8months and also even longer if need so.
        Being 3months apart was already hard hence I booked a long holiday nearly 2months in january as my sister in law (boss) saw how sad we were apart from eachother.
        I planned to get my work contract sorted shortly after receiving my id card but already booked my flight back to my wife host country. Decided to wait when i got back, and ended doing more research about bringing non eu spouse to sweden. I ended up here which im very glad ! Giving me more hope!

        My wife is currently waiting for a visa, she has been told today that she will soon receive a decision through the post by the embassy from her host country.
        I and my wife also don’t have many savings like you did, we have approx 3000 euros savings too.
        How many months your wife had to prove income was coming in her bank when you applied for an resident card? Do you think providing 2months of my bank statement will be enough for a decision for her to get a resident card while she is on tourist here ?

        My salary will be 8000 a month in the bank as Im starting at the bottom job role as a cashier which is not much.

        Hope to hear from you soon pal.
        Thank you !!
        Andrew

      2. Administrator Post author

        Yes, hopefully your wife can join you much sooner in Sweden then you initially thought.

        My wife’s proof of her scholarship was simply a piece of paper with the university stamp on it that said she would get around 7500 SEK per month for a total of eight months. And based on this I got a residence card valid for five years.

        I think if you can show that you are employed and make 8000 SEK per month then you should be fine. Hopefully 2 months will be enough.

        Good luck

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    2. Anonymous

      Hello there again

      You pieces of advice really helps lots of people..,
      I personally I am really stressed on how some embassies treat applicants.
      I am Kenyan and I have read a few Kenyans here who are always rejected entry like myself.
      I was rejected visa last year,I got married to the Swedish man and I applied for a residence permit..my husband called the immigration to ask if it’s possible to get visa for a month and they said yes but my residential permit case will be stopped for sometime.
      I applied for a visa therefore but unfortunately they denied me entry reasons I may not leave the schengen area after expiry of the period….this is crazy!!!!!!

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      1. Administrator Post author

        Hello,

        Sounds like a very frustrating situation. As far as I know, if you are married to a Swedish citizen then you have the right to eventually get a residence permit and move to Sweden to be with your partner.

        If you have followed all the steps on this page (https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/How-to-apply.html), and you’re not sure why they denied you, or you think they shouldn’t have denied you, then I would recommend sending an email to Migrationsverket to ask for clarification, and what you can do to qualify. If you think you meet all the requirements and they still say no, then perhaps you should speak with a lawyer.

        Sorry but I’m not sure what else to say. Maybe someone reading will have a better idea. Good luck

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  89. Egi

    Hi andrew

    Thank you for your answer…i.believe that your wife can wait for the rezidence card in sweden so you dont have to be apart anymore

    Good luck

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  90. sam

    Hi there i
    First of all want to thank you for the time you are consedering to answer and help people with them issues
    i have a combined situatios first i am not eu citezen but hold the status of long term residence in another eu member so i came to sweden 5 years ago i ve been working
    since 2014 i got a living at my name what they call firsthand contract and also have stable job and income fastansälning now i am applying to renew my residence permit and family renufication at the same time my partner still in my home country (no eu)
    -first we are not married because of some high risque from her ex whom is a real psycopath and unfortunately he is relative of kingdom ( i had pushed and explained our situation to migrationsverket in sveral emails and phone calls and even visits at migration office )

    -i know the main rules is that the applicant should be done at home country and wait there till get an answer
    my question i don t know how they will handle our case i can t find any in the migrationsverket
    as i am applying to renew my permit (qualified to have a permanet or transfer the staus of long term to sweden ) at the same time applying together for family renufication
    i know its a little complicate case but our relationship is real even we didn t live together at my home country but we met in my visit there and in the maintence requierment i have appartment and stable incomes and even saving
    thank you so much sir

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Sam, I’m not sure about your situation because you are applying as a long-term resident of the EU, however as I understand, as a long-term resident of an EU country, in the eyes of Migrationsverket you are basically considered as being an EU citizen who is not from Sweden.

      I believe for non-Swedish EU citizens, they can bring their non-EU married partner or common-law partner (living together for at least two years) to Sweden immediately, and that partner can apply for a residence permit within Sweden. The only obstacle for this is if your partner needs a visa to travel to Sweden, but the processing time for this is relatively quick.

      If you have never lived together and aren’t married then I think you will have trouble getting a residence permit for your partner via this route or via family reunification.

      Good for your situation that you have an apartment and stable income.

      I’m also not sure how all this will work as your transfer your permanent residence status to Sweden, and ultimately because your situation sounds less common I think you will need to talk with Migrationsverket more about it anyway to have a good outcome.

      Best of luck

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      1. Anonymous

        first thank you so much for your reply its very very kind from you that you had created this platform so the people can share them experinces worry and have some help from each other
        As i said and you too my case its not really comon and clear first of all when i went to ask how to apply for family renufication they gived me a form 136011 wich is different to others and i had requested to be apply on her behalf here in sweden at the end i did but the main problem is the huge difference between each case officer it look like they have differnet ways some say you could some no the second thing when i went to apply they said you can t you have to fill those paper and her too and send it via post wich i did so since that time my case been traveling all over sweden from sundsval till malmö then till värjo and i am living in göteborg i asked why it been done this way and why not göteborg unit and why all this transfer from one unit to other i didn t get any answer like many others i had made i don t know if it just for me or is it a comon practice ??
        i am also in very delicate situation because some risk that my partner she is facing from one psycopath there ,a man with lots lots power that neither me or her can face and when i had wrote emails and make calls trying to move things faster didn t get any feed back and instead one of the officer i ve been talking said maybe your case will be handled by some UNHR wich also confused me because it look like he understood that i am applying for asylum to someone i know than i am applying for family renufication but facing a dificult circumstances

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello again,
        I’m not sure what else I can tell you that would be useful for you. If your partner is just now applying for a visa to move to a future spouse (you) in Sweden then I believe she must do this from her home country and wait many months for the application to be processed. Perhaps because she is in a difficult situation Migrationsverket would consider this and allow her to apply from within Sweden, however you must speak with Migrationsverket about this.

        As I understand, the quickest way she could come join you immediately is if you got married- you could even get married in a third country and then take the marriage certificate to Sweden. However I would also recommend first confirming with Migrationsverket that this would work, because of your situation of being a long-term EU resident who is a non-EU citizen. However I don’t know if this option is possible due to your/her own circumstances.

        These are the only routes I can think of that you can take. Perhaps someone else reading will have better ideas, and perhaps Migrationsverket could also provide some other additional solutions.

        Hopefully you will find an answer and best wishes

  91. Dori

    Hey im.am eu citizen and my husband nit eu citizen.i.have moved in sweden 5 months ago and now my husband will apply for a rezidence card.can we apply online or should we go to the unit?and if we can do can you please give me the right link so we can do it online.thank you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Dori- here is the link for you. You will fill out the pdf (form 145011) and then mail it to the address indicated. The webpage says this is for Nordic EU citizen spouses, but the form says it’s for non-EU spouses of EU citizens so I think it should work.

      http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen/Permits-for-family-members/Residence-card-in-accordance-with-EU-rules.html

      Good luck

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  92. Adham

    Hi. I am Stateless. I left a fingerprint in France. I continued to Sweden. I applied as an asylum seeker. My application was refused on October 28. I appealed the decision. My application was rejected for the second time on November 6. I was told to hide for 18 months and apply again in Sweden.
    My question: from what date should I count? October 28 or November 6?
    Thanks a bunch

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Adham,

      I’m not sure who told you to hide for 18 months, however I suspect it wasn’t Migrationsverket?

      If your appeal was rejected then you will have a very difficult time getting any kind of legal status in Sweden- perhaps you could try another country?

      I’m not sure about the “stateless” status- perhaps it gives you more options for what to do in Sweden. If you really want to stay in Sweden then I would recommend talking with someone or an organization that can tell you all of your options. Here is a list of some: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/sweden-pro-bono-directory

      Best of luck

      I would refer anyone else reading this post to the page for applying for asylum/refugee status in Sweden: https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-refugee-asylum-in-sweden/

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  93. Daniel

    Hey!

    A Non-Eu citizen with a permanent residence permit in Sweden with an Albanian citizen. Applied and have been waiting for 16 months even though our application is integrated as they say in migrationsverket and we never made anything against the laws of the migration agency, and my partner has been waiting in Albania since December (As she visited me in Sweden for a couple of months)

    Anyone knows how the hell does that “migrationsverket” work?
    How can a couple be apart for 16 months just waiting for their decision to live together?
    Anyone knows how long should we wait more? And how is it fair that some people get their decisions within 7 months while others need to wait for a couple of years?! Pfff !!

    Though I’ve been asked to answer three or four questions a couple of months ago. And I got no answer or contact after.

    Thanks for the answers previously.
    Mr. Patience-loser.

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  94. Lily

    Hi Admin,
    Thank you for the great work you are doing. I stumbled on your page and must say your responses are impressive.

    I am not an EU citizen and here is my situation:
    1. Husband got a postdoctoral job here pending his defense.
    2. Prior to this he was due for his defense in another EU country still in march and we applied for a visa to attend.

    3. While preparing for his defense, he applied for a resident permit for both of us and received notification that we could both go to the embassy for our finger prints and photographs. Since this came while he was in the EU country for his defense, he changed the appointment address to Sweden and we both moved here to have our finger prints and photographs. This was about a week ago and we were told the resident card will be out within 7-10 days.

    4. I am already 36 weeks pregnant and need to at least book an appointment with a midwife but I hear this cannot be possible without a personnumber. We are now stuck because the resident card will not permit me access care until the swedish tax authority issues the number. What are my options? Can I get some form of maternity care while waiting? Who do I need to talk to? I don’t have health insurance coverage but my husband earns at least 25000kr per month. Hope yo hear from you soon.

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    1. Jey

      Hi!
      I applied for a residence permit to live with my boyfriend in Sweden a month ago. Yesterday I found out that I am pregnant. So, is it possible that I can re-change my application to expecting a child with Swedish citizen? I think i have heard of someone re-changing their application. I would like to be in Sweden with my boyfriend the whole time of my pregnancy. Is there a way that i can stay any longer than 90days? I am a non-Eu citizen and I dont need visa for visiting Sweden.
      Thank you!

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      1. Administrator Post author

        Hello Jey,

        Congratulations on your upcoming baby. Migrationsverket says on its website that if you are pregnant you MIGHT be able to remain in Sweden while your residence permit application is processed. I would talk with them about changing your status to allow you to stay while the application is processed.

        The section about being pregnant and applying within Sweden is detailed here: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/If-you-are-in-Sweden.html

        Good luck

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    2. Lila

      Hello dear.
      Thank you for your kind responsesto the questions.

      I have a very important question.
      I have a temporary residence permit and if the relationship ended after six months or after one year. Does the Swedish partner have the right to claim that the relationship is ended up and ask for canceling the card? How could granted a permanent permit if a relationship ended before 2years

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      1. Administrator Post author

        Hello Lila,

        I believe Migrationsverket will notify you if your permit is revoked because the relationship it was based on ended- this is possible. When you apply for a permanent residence permit (after five years) you will need to show that you are still in the relationship.

        Good luck

    3. Administrator Post author

      Hello Lily,

      Unfortunately I don’t have any experience with your situation, but hopefully someone else reading does and can provide you with a relevant answer.

      Have you tried contacting a local clinic or hospital? Perhaps they could also provide you with helpful information. I believe you must have health insurance before you can apply for a residence permit, so perhaps you can purchase health insurance (including foreign plans) that is accepted by a healthcare provider there. This could also be a temporary solution for seeing a midwife.

      The information I have found about getting into the Swedish healthcare system is detailed in this comment: https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-110

      Good luck and congratulations on your upcoming baby

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      1. lilyfavour

        Thank you admin. I got the resident card on the April 8th although it was lying at the migration office since April 1st. I applied for the person number same day April 8th and told my case worker that I was pregnant and needed to at least see a midwife as a matter of emergency . Received it in the mail on April 14th and typing right now in a gynaecological clinic while waiting for a midwife. So happy!

  95. Aling

    hello…
    im from indonesia and i have a boyfriend, he is swedish citizen. we are gonna get married next year in August. I saw that it takes 14-16 months to get a decision for a residence permit. so when should i apply for it via online?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Aling,
      Congratulations on the upcoming marriage. According to Migrationsverket, if you (a non-EU citizen) are planning to move to Sweden to get married to a Swedish citizen then you should fill out the application as you mentioned online and wait for it to be approved. However, going to Sweden as a tourist and then getting married is not addressed, and I’m not sure if you could stay in Sweden via this route. So I’m not sure what to advise for this latter option, which would obviously be more convenient for you.

      Feel free to post back on how your situation turns out, whichever route you choose. Good luck

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  96. omid

    hi, my swedish partner wants to move to me to Germany and live with me for a few months so my question is, will i be able to follow her to sweden after that period and apply for a residence permit from inside sweden ? I am able to support her both financially and non financially since she is only a high school student. I am a non EU citizen living in Germany

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Omid,

      First, if your partner is under 18 years old I’m not sure about the laws for her moving to Germany and registering her residence there. I know for adults, if they plan to stay in Germany for a while (it depends on the state- from 14 days to 90 days) then they are supposed to register their residence with their local rathaus. However for tourists (less than 90 days) I believe this requirement does not apply.

      As a Swedish citizen, she has the right to stay in Germany on her own, so she doesn’t need to mention anything about you (again, I’m not sure how age affects this).

      You going to Sweden could depend on your status in Germany. If you are a permanent resident then I believe you are basically considered to be an EU citizen and you can move to Sweden as such, independent of your partner.

      If you have a temporary German residence permit (say, valid for five years), then I think you can live in Sweden for the extent of its validity, though you might have trouble getting into the Swedish “system” (for example, I don’t think you could work or get into the healthcare system).

      Otherwise, as a non-EU citizen who is in a relationship with a Swedish citizen, you can’t apply for a residence permit simply on this basis.

      If you are married to your partner then you can apply to move to Sweden on this basis. If you live together for at least two years then you can apply on a common-law partnership/marriage (sambo) basis. If you plan to get married in Sweden then you can apply for a Swedish residence card on this basis, though you will have to wait until your application is approved (right now around at least 14 months).

      If you got married in Germany or another country then I believe you would still need to wait outside of Sweden until your application for a residence permit was approved.

      Again, all these scenarios are for someone who is an adult, I’m not sure how they apply to someone under 18.

      Hope this answers your question, and good luck.

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  97. william

    Hi i’m a 21 year old from scotland ( i’m an eu citizen) and my girlfriend is 27 and is a swedish citizen and we both want me to move to sweden to live with her, we have been together for 8 months but have known each other for over a year i have been and to visit her a few times and she has came here to visit me aswell, i just want to know roughly if i can move to sweden permanently with her being she is only my girlfriend we do have plans to marry but not just yet, i just want some answers really all of the websites i have looked at have gave me different answers to everything, do i have to apply for the residence permit? or is there anything else i need to apply for ?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello William,

      I believe you can move to Sweden with no problems, and can find all the details here:
      https://openbordersimmigration.com/immigrating/immigrating-to-sweden/living-and-working-in-sweden-as-an-eueea-citizen/

      You will probably eventually want to get a personal number, and can find the info for EU citizens on that here: https://openbordersimmigration.com/getting-a-personal-number-personnummer-in-sweden/#eu_or_eea_member_citizen_from_a_country_in_europe

      Good luck!

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  98. Filip

    Greetings, I am a Croatian married to a Filipina, we married in Croatia, she has a Croatian 5 year temporary Residence Card, currently we are living in Sweden together with my wifes sister and my wifes sisters husband, they are both Swedish citizens and employed. What should we do in order to obtain personnummers and get right of residence before my wifes 3 month Schengen visa expires, I am currently unemployed, I applied in Arbetsförmedlingen for coordination number, they told me to wait 2-3 weeks, Skatteverket should call me on the phone they said. Can my wifes sister and my wifes sisters husband register us as supported/dependant family members, how would that work. We came to Sweden a week ago, I am looking to get employed, but it isn’t guaranteed that I will find work in these 3 months. Basically, the question is, what would in your opinion be the best thing to do as a backup so we don’t have to go back to Croatia for 3 months if I am still unemployed after the 3 months have expired. Thank you so much in advance.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Filip, from what I understand, if you and your wife have savings to support yourselves (~10,800 SEK/month for a married couple) then your wife could get a residence card and you could keep looking for a job for that period of time. If you don’t have savings then I’m not sure what you can do once the three months expire.

      One possibility you could do if you cannot find something better, is to apply for your wife to get a residence card (even if you think it will be denied on the grounds that you don’t have enough to support yourselves) and I believe she can stay in Sweden while the application is being processed. Perhaps that extra time would be enough to find a job.

      Of course the best is if you find a job soon and then your wife can apply for a residence card and you can both apply for peronnummers.

      I’m not sure about dependent family members- maybe you could find a better solution via that route.

      Best of luck and hope you find something soon

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      1. Filip

        Thank you so much for your helpful reply, I have another follow up question.

        I have found a job in Sweden after one month of being here, 19th of May was my first day, the contract is not permanent, and it is hourly pay, how am I to obtain a personnummer if I can not prove that I will stay for 1 year minimum through my employment? I still have the coordination number, the job pays over double the minimum 10800 SEK a month after tax for supporting 2 people, however my pay check on the 25th of June will be for only for those 9 days that I have worked this month, then on July it will be for the whole of June.

        The problem is that in order for my non-EU wife to be able to stay and get the residence permit, I need the personnummer like they told me in Migrationsverket, and then just the copy of passports, marriage certificate and employment certificate.

        Is there a way for my wife to be able to stay even if I don’t have a 1 year minimum contract?

        Thank you for your reply.

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello again Filip- congratulations on finding a job.

        It sounds like you’ll still be facing the time limit for your wife to apply for a residence permit before the 90 days run out. In this case I would apply for a residence card for her, even if you don’t have a permanent contract. Just submit your temporary contract and bank savings. Perhaps she would get a residence card for six months, and then again in that time you can find something permanent and reapply. Perhaps they would give her a residence card for five years anyway. And even if she doesn’t get a residence card I believe you could appeal the decision if you have a permanent job by the time Migrationsveret processes the application- which will likely take a few months.

        Otherwise she will overstay her visa and then that could possibly cause problems in the future.

        Anyway, that is just what I would do, perhaps you (or someone else reading) can think of a better course of action.

        Also, when I got my five-year residence card my wife only had a “job” (it was a school scholarship but still enough to qualify) guaranteed for eight months. And she never had a personnummer. It seemed the personnummer was only if she wanted to work, but otherwise because she was an EU citizen (and as a student had healthcare) I (a non-EU citizen) could get the residence permit based on her EU nationality. I will say also that this was a few years ago, so perhaps Migrationsverket has changed its policies. If it is like you say that you need the personnummer for yourself for your wife to apply for a residence permit, then I would say basically the same thing- apply for that with what you have (and perhaps your wife can apply for her residence permit at the same time? Maybe that is being too optimistic about the application system).

        Sorry that I can’t provide you with exact information, but hopefully this will help.

        Hope it works out well

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  99. Johanna Sipola

    Hello,

    My name is Johanna and I love with my fiance in Indonesia who is an Indonesian citizen. We are planning to get married in September and we want to live mainly in Indonesia as we have a business here but at times want to be in Sweden as I can manage or business online.

    Now I have a few questions,

    Can be have a temporary residency for Sweden so we can move freely between our countries?

    In the case that this is not possible,
    In case of emergency ie death or sickness in my family and I have to go home straight away would he have to apply for a visitors via and wait 2 weeks for it to be processed before he can join me?

    Appreciate all the help.

    Kind regards
    Johanna

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  100. Karim

    Hi! I’m a non eu citizen married to a nordic citizen for more than 2 years and we’re living in this nordic country, but without a residence permit, i was rejected again and again, my case now is in the supreme Court. I’m thinking to move to sweden with my partner, please give me an idea if someone here about same case. Thank you!

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  101. Anonymous

    Hii. I came as asylum seeker and lived in Norway for 4 years and I have permanent residence. I married to a lady living with permanent residence after being assylum seeker in sweden and she is pregnant. How can I do the family reunification process and what is needed?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello, congratulations on your marriage and coming baby.

      If I am understanding correctly: you both have permanent residence in an EU/Schengen country and you want to move to Sweden to be with your spouse. I think in this case you can move to Sweden anytime you want.

      Here is some information you might find helpful, especially the part about people from Norway:
      https://openbordersimmigration.com/immigrating/immigrating-to-sweden/living-and-working-in-sweden-as-an-eueea-citizen/

      Good luck and I hope this answers your question

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  102. zin

    Hi! i spent two days reading all these coments on your page and i cant say how much this is really helpful and thank you. im a morrocan and i applied for a resident permit to join my husband in sweden and i know i still have a long time to wait but the main problem i have and i searched everywhere, we even called the migration sverket and they didnt know the answer : having a shengen visa am i allowed to visit my husband in sweden ? cause its not logical to wait for 12 or 14 months without seeing my husband.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Zin,

      If you’ve read the website then I can’t tell you anything new than what is in the section: “Coming to Sweden/Travel While Residence Permit Application is Being Processed.”

      I know it is really ridiculous that you are supposed to stay apart for many months from your spouse while you wait.

      Personally I don’t think I would have that patience in your situation. Before the whole migrant/refugee situation was such a big issue, you could fly into Denmark and then cross into Sweden and they weren’t checking the border- they would never know you were there (you would just fly back from Denmark before your Schengen visa expired).

      Now though I think they are checking the borders. However, if it was just a visual inspection of your passport and visa (they didn’t scan it at the Swedish border) then I don’t think you would get into the system. The question is- is it a visual check or do they scan your passport. I don’t know. I recently crossed the border into Germany and they just did a visual check.

      Good luck!

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  103. Maria

    Hello…i have a question regarding residance permit. I am non-EU and my husband is EU citizen who has been living and working in Sweden for almost 2years. I came here as a tourist, in a meantime we got married and i applied for residence card in migrations. Now, three months time allowed to me as a tourist expires very soon and i wont get the card by then. So… Am I obliged to leave Sweden or I am allowed to stay here longer than 3 months due to my pending immigration application?

    Thank you ,
    Maria

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Maria,

      I’m not eacctly sure about your question due to your circumstances (getting married to a EU non-Swede citizen while on a tourist visa) being slightly different than mine (non-EU citizen married to a non-Swede EU citizen in a third country before moving to Sweden).

      However I would suspect similar rules apply in both our cases- for me I believe I could stay in Sweden past my 90-day time limit because I submitted an application for a residence permit before this time came.

      I would still say double check with Migrationsverket. Maybe your spouse can understand enough Swedish to read the law about that? Or at least call up Migrationsverket.

      Good luck

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  104. Eli Melmon

    Hi,
    I’m a citizen of Republic of Georgia which is not in EU Union.
    I’m 22 years old Gay girl, I have a girlfriend also citizen of Georgia, we are together for almost 5 years. Here in our country we have terrible conditions of living, we have to hide ourselves being gay not even speaking of being together. It is so dangerous to be open gay here that it can be dangerous for our lives.
    We’ve always loved Sweden and always wanted to end up there, but we don’t know how to make it happen.
    My question is- is there a way for us to come there with our own resources and to get citizenship there with the gay status?

    I’ve heard it’s possible, but before abandoning everything here, jobs and everything, and coming there I would like to know what chances do we have. AND what should we do when we arrive in Sweden in order to get citizenship ?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Eli Melmon,

      Yes, you might have a more enjoyable time in Sweden. It sounds like you can qualify to live in Sweden on several bases: working, studying, and perhaps asylum (I’m assuming neither of you has Swedish family or any other familial connection to Sweden). Once you or your partner qualifies to live in Sweden, the other person can also apply for a residence permit.

      To find more information just look through the pages on this website. Employment (https://openbordersimmigration.com/immigrating/immigrating-to-sweden/work-permit-in-sweden-how-to-get-a-swedish-work-permit/), asylum (https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-refugee-asylum-in-sweden/), student (get admitted to a Swedish college or university).

      For now I would say focus on getting a residence permit- you can think about citizenship later (I believe that you have to first live in Sweden for some years, perhaps at least five years, before you can apply for citizenship). For each of these routes your path involves one of these: finding an employer, proving that you can qualify for asylum, or getting admitted to a school.

      You can consider which path you or your partner has the most chance for.

      Also, if you have enough savings you can always travel to Sweden as a tourist and perhaps meet sympathetic people who can give you additional ideas. Maybe someone else reading can offer you more ideas too.

      Good luck and stay persistent

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      1. galaxy admin

        Does that mean, that one of us has to get residence permit first separately and take the partner later ? I know what you are saying about qualifications, but can we both like arrive in Sweden and get married and try to get residence permit together?

      2. Administrator Post author

        Ya, I believe if you can qualify through any of those paths then you can both apply together at the same time. If just one of you qualified (such as if one person was a student or just one person had a job) then I think the other person could also apply if you were married (and apply from within Sweden). Also another factor- have you lived together for the past three years? If yes, then you could apply for a residence permit as common-law spouses without the need for marriage.

        Of course, all of this is assuming at least one of you has a path to a residence permit- likely job or school (I suspect it would be hard to prove asylum unless you had strong evidence).

        Another note- you are supposed to apply for a work permit (and I believe a residence permit based on being a student) before you come to Sweden. So that would mean you both stay in Georgia until one of you gets a residence permit to Sweden. Then you get married (anywhere you can/want-and if you have been living together for three years you potentially don’t even need to get married), and then you can both go to Sweden and whoever doesn’t have a residence permit can apply from within Sweden.

        Hopefully that answers your question? And hopefully you can get it worked out quickly and easily.

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      3. galaxy admin

        We are thinking about asking for asylum in Sweden, together because we can’t leave each other. we are living together for 4 years and a half already. do you think the situation in our country is enough reason to get asylum in Sweden?

      4. Administrator Post author

        I’m not sure how your case would go, but you can always try. The general conditions for asylum are here: https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-refugee-asylum-in-sweden/

        Here is an article from Migrationsverket that addresses the issue directly: http://www.migrationsverket.se/download/18.5e83388f141c129ba6312b8b/1381926424262/HBT_en.pdf

        Also I would say get in contact with an organization such as this (http://www.rfsl.se/en/) and they can tell you much better information than I can.

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  105. Karim

    Hi, i m a non eu citizen married to a finnish woman for more than 2 years and we lived together all this time in finland. I applied for a residence permit and it was refused first from the immigration service then from the court. I make appeal to the supreme Court, and i need to wait another year for the decision. so we’re thinking to move to sweden and apply for a residence permit there. can someone tell me please if we can move before the decision of the court? And if there’s some similar case like mine? Thank you.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Karim- first let me clarify: your current case for a residence card is pending in Finland, and you haven’t made any applications in Sweden.

      If this is the case, then you can go with your spouse to Sweden and apply for a residence card once you arrive (perhaps you need a visa to travel to Sweden? Then you will have to get this). Read through the requirements on this page to see what you will have to meet to qualify for the Swedish residence card through marriage (health insurance, savings or income, etc).

      I don’t think Finland’s decision in your case would have any bearing in Sweden.

      If you are talking about a decision to be reached by Sweden’s supreme court then I’m not sure, but I would guess you would need to wait. Perhaps someone else reading could comment on that, or you can always ask Migrationsverket or a lawyer.

      Here is someone who was in a similar situation: https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-334

      Good luck

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  106. Tamara Pavlovic

    I am a non eu citizen, have uppehållskort and have been living in Sweden since 2013 with my husband who is an eu citizen. I got uppehållskort based on our marriage. He is a PhD student in Sweden and I have been employed in Sweden since 2014, permanently employed since January 2016. We travel abroad regularly, both together and separately and several times when travelling on my own I was told at airport passport control when entering Sweden that I am not allowed to travel outside of Sweden without my husbands company. After being told this I was let enter Sweden anyway. This sounds very illogical as I’m not under age and I obviously cannot expect my husband to follow me on conferences or business trips.

    My question: is it true that uppehållskort limits my possibility of travelling abroad on my own?

    If so, should I change my uppehållskort to another kind if residence permit that would be less limiting?

    Being a citizen of Serbia I have a right of up to 3 months visa free stay in Sweden anyway, uppehållskort makes it possible for me to live with my husband and work here, it seems very illogical that with these circumstances I can be denied of entering Sweden.

    Best regards
    Tamara Pavlovic

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Tamara Pavlovic,

      I’ve never heard of any such law or requirement, speaking as an immigration law amateur. I just did a search on the internet and also didn’t come up with any regulations such as this. It sounds like that person at the airport passport control needs to be retrained. It’s a pity you didn’t get their name so you can write a letter about it.

      As I understand, as long as you have your valid Swedish residence card you can come and go from Sweden as you please, and you don’t need an escort from your husband (it sounds like Saudi Arabia).

      Perhaps there might be some kind of regulation that you need to live in Sweden for six months out of every year to renew your residence permit.

      Best regards
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  107. Alex

    Good morning,
    Dear the administrator my name is Alex am from Eritrea I just want ask u that my family r living in sweden and have permanent residence with my two kids and I applied moving to them on Feb 22,2015 on online but before almost one month I had interview and made biometric with fingerprint but still my card is not delivered it to me or to my wife (I gave power of attorney to my wife).I wish to assist me if u have an information on this coz it has been long time for me 16 months gone.
    Thanks in Advance.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Alex,

      You can fill out a short questionnaire to get an estimate on your waiting time through this Migrationsverket webpage: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Contact-us/Time-to-a-decision.html

      I tried it for your situation according to what you have said, and it estimated your waiting time to be 15-19 months.

      If Migrationsverket didn’t ask you or your wife for additional information then I would think they are still processing your application as normal. It sounds like a good sign that they took your biometric information too. If you are worried they have the wrong address for you or if you have any other questions then you can always write them an email or call.

      Hopefully the residence permit will arrive soon.

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  108. Egi

    Hello
    My name is egi.i am bulgarian eu citizen and i have 7 months living in sweden with a cordination number.now i have started a job and i have a permanent contract and i will earm 21000 kr per month.i have not yet applied for a swedish personal number.am i eligible now to get personal number?i have also a husband non eu so i ask if i have fullfilled the condition based on your knowledge and experience…i look forward for you answer thank you in advance

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    1. Ali

      Hello,
      Thank GOD I found you.
      My name is Ali Ahmad. I am Pakistani and student in Austria on student residence permit.
      I have want to marry with a Norwegian girl who works in Norway and lives in Sweden.
      As she is EU citizen and I am non EU citizen but I hold student residence permit for one year.
      1 time she visited me in Austria and 2 time I visited her in Norway this year and lived for 2 months all together.

      My first question is that should I marry in Sweden or other EU like Denmark as i think to get married in Denmark is easy.
      Secondly when I register my marriage with Sweden tax.. after that how many months late can I apply for residence permit.
      Thirdly after applying for residence permit do I have to go back Pakistan to wait for a decision or i will be granted visa to stay in Sweden after my Austrian student residence expire.

      waiting for your replay,
      thanks!

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      1. Administrator Post author

        Greetings Ali Ahmad,

        Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. To answer your first point- I’m not sure if there are extra burdens for applying for a Swedish residence permit if you also get married in Sweden. There may not be. We are in a similar situation though, and in my experience (as a non-EU citizen marrying a non-Swede EU citizen) I found it easy enough to get a Swedish residence card after marrying in a third country (which for you sounds like Denmark).

        For your second and third points: when I applied for a residence permit I did this through Migrationsverket (Skattverket- the tax agency- was for a personnummer, though that may have changed since 2012) after I was already in Sweden as a tourist.

        I believe I needed to apply before my tourist status expired, and in your case I think that means before your student visa expires. I applied and remained in Sweden throughout the entire process (it is the permanent Swedish residents and Swedish citizens who have to wait a long time for their spouses abroad to receive their residence permits).

        Additionally, because your future wife is Norwegian she will have the “Nordic citizen” status which also has advantages: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen.html

        All this being said, you still have to meet the income and health insurance requirements.

        Good luck

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  109. Anonymous

    Hello,
    I am Ali Ahmad , I am very thankful to you and your answers but still I am a bit confused.
    If you can personally guide me.
    She has a Sweden personal number and she works in Norway.
    You missed answer of my one question.
    suppose today I get married in denmark and then after 1 week I go to sweden and register my marriage there. I apply for residence permit by july or august. as I have student residence till march so if decision comes after march so if have to go back or I can stay in Sweden untill the decision take place.

    please. tell me after appling residence permit for sweden do I have to back or stay in sweden after the expire Of my studeny residence permit.

    thaaaannnnkkksss!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello again,

      I believe as long as you apply for your residence permit before your student visa expires then you will be okay, and you can remain in Sweden the entire time until you receive a decision from Migrationsverket.

      I also believe if you are applying for a Swedish residence permit then your spouse must be registered as living in Sweden.

      Hopefully this clarifies everything- I don’t have all the answers, I can only comment on how my experience compares with yours. Hope it works out for you

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  110. Anonymous

    hello,
    One more question that If I get married in denmark, I have register my marriage with sweden tax agency. How it take place and howmuch time it requires.

    And after marriage getting registered. after how many days I can apply for residence permit.

    thanks!
    thats all. really thankful to you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      For me to get a residence card I didn’t need to register my marriage with the tax agency (Skatteverket- that was for a personnummer). When I applied for the residence card with Migrationsverket I submitted a copy of the marriage certificate with my application and it took about two or three months till I got the residence card- but that was a few years ago, now I suspect it would be longer.

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  111. Anonymous

    At the time when you made the application for residence card did your wife had a personnummer in sweden ?
    is that she was already registered with Skatteverket?

    At when you applied for residence permit , Did the authority gave to a temporary visa to live and wait for the decision ?
    Thanks!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello,
      No, she did not have the personnummer, and actually never applied for one with Skatteverket. No, I didn’t receive a temporary visa, just a letter saying that my application was being processed. So during that time while it was being processed it felt like a gray area, but I would assume you’re allowed to stay while it’s being processed (it’s like that in the US and in Germany at least, I just haven’t done the specific research to resolve this question).

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  112. Anonymous

    hello,
    In the upper text you have written that
    ” I applied for and obtained a residence permit as a non-EU citizen married to an EU citizen who registered her right to reside in Sweden.”
    it means that she was registered to Skatteverket with personnummer.

    but now you have written to me that
    “No, she did not have the personnummer, and actually never applied for one with Skatteverket.”

    please can you clear me that .
    see on 15 June I am going to marry her in Denmark. After getting my marriage certificate. What should I do next with sweden to get residence permit.

    Bundle of Thanks!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Ah, I see how that is confusing. She “registered her right to reside” through Migrationsverket. Here is a post that has more details: https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-56

      Naturally once you read that you will again be confused because in fact there it says the EU citizen must register with Skatteverket.

      Unfortunately I can’t resolve this confusion, I can only write the details about what worked in my case. The hope is that people can use my case as information that helps them to make the best decision for their case. Like piecing together a puzzle, however it could be a much more complete puzzle if more people would write what has worked for them.

      Since your case is similar to mine but not identical, I’m afraid I won’t have all the information you’re looking for, plus over time some procedures will change. Feel free to ask more questions though, I’ll tell you what has worked for me.

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  113. Anonymous

    Brother,
    I asked from Skatteverket they say that your wife has to obtain a personnummer by getting registered by Skatteverket office. They said she just have to register and get number that all. After that you can apply for residence permit to migrationsverket.

    I have checked on the migrationsverket website that new rule is going to be implement by 20 july. So I want to finish all the process before that, Bro, I am getting married on 15 June after getting marriage certificate I still have one month left. But I am worried that if all the paper work will be done on time . They have also told me that after applying for my residence permit I can not go out from Sweden until the decision take place.
    Now what do you say hopefully can I get with all papers and apply my residence in one month.

    Thanks bro,

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  114. Egi

    If i can help you it does not change the rule for the familiars of an eu citizen but for assylum seeker…so dont stress out…go get married and then take every step one at a time…congratulations

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  115. Egi

    Yup im sure…and for you to apply for a residence card your future wife does not need necesserly the person nummer…i am eu and my husband will apply soon for a residence card so i have searchef for these things a lot

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  116. Anonymous

    hello,
    I am also in same situation. i got different answer from every different person.
    My wife is Norwegian passport holder she is living in Norway from last 15 years. she says that if the rule is changing for Asylum seekers of course it will also make some change in other laws.

    what I came to know from asking too many people is (EU citizen married to non EU citizen) :
    First you have to get marry and wedding in Denmark is easier than Sweden.
    than you have to register your weeding with Skatteverket. you must have a proper house to get register with Skatteverket to get personnummer. And must have sufficient funds available approx 11000 per month. Than your non EU partner can apply for residence permit with valid visa. After applying for residence permit one has to wait for his/her application decision.
    till the decision he/she (non EU citizen) is not allowed to move out from Sweden.

    If you can enhance my knowledge, please go a head.
    Thanks!

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  117. Saduni

    Hi , we are Sri Lankan and we decide to come Sweden and apply LGTB asylum.we are lesbian. What we have to do for that?? Because in our country not allowed same sex marriage.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Saduni,

      You can apply for asylum in Sweden if you have reason to fear persecution in your home country, and sexual orientation is one of the specific circumstances addressed by Migrationsverket.

      I will direct anyone with a similar question to this page, where you can find the information about how to apply:
      https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-refugee-asylum-in-sweden/

      Best hopes for you both

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  118. Beshoy

    Can you help me please.i am non EU i am married to a girl from EU country i have a short tourism visa to sweden and now in the country my visa valid till 8 August . My wife will come to sweden on 25 june to start a new job here i am waiting her to apply her application to the skattverk then i will apply for my residence card . But i want to know s it guranteed to get the personnal Number if i applyed one day after her ? And how long it will take to get the personnal number because i don’t want to stay unlegal and i want to manage find a legal job
    Can you help me please as soon as you can??
    Thank you so much

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    1. Lo

      Hei, Skatteverket is quite slow on summer time. But, I had a similar situation as you do. And what you can do until she gets her Personnummer is to fill the Migration form and attach your marriage certificate (translated to English), a copy of her passport, a copy of her working contract and a copy of your passport (just identification pages and the one with the stamp). Send it to Migration, once you did your application you are not illegal anymore, even the tourist visa expires. There is a Law in Europe that says that once we marry a european we already have the right to be here. But of course formalities must be taken. According to the same law, the government can take in maximum 6 months to grant the residence permit. So, better not travel while you wait for the card.
      Migration did not send me any confirmation letter, or any protocol code – which was pretty annoying. But, call their centre and tell your information, they will tell you with whom in is and give you the phone to the person responsible for that. So, after a week you can call the person just to get in touch. The decision is made by two people.
      In my case we already had my husband Personnummer and his Swedish ID when we did my application on November, and it took around 15 days until I received the letter granting me the residence permit, and two more days to receive the card home.
      Unfortunately on summer time things go pretty slow, and Personnummer took more than 8 weeks for my husband. For me, in late November it took less than I week until I received my number.

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    2. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Beshoy,

      I don’t think it’s guaranteed that you get a personnummer- you still need to meet the income and medical insurance requirements (as for timing, I think as long as you apply at the same time or after her you should be okay). I’m not sure how long it takes to get a personnummer, but I believe that as long as you apply for your residence permit before your tourism visa expires then you will be okay. You just shouldn’t leave Sweden until a decision is reached for your residence permit.

      Good luck

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  119. Anonymous

    It the same case with ma as well. but I think that it also depend on where you live , for example crowded area off course take more time.

    I have a question regarding personnummer my wife has a personnummer in Sweden and I have residence permit of Austria , Can I apply for personnummer or first I have to take Swedish residence permit/card.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello, I can’t comment from my own experience, but I’ve heard from others that they have a personnummer and no residence permit. So this would imply that you can apply for the personummer first.

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  120. rica

    hello.
    Can i ask you a question, hopefully you can help me.
    i am a filipina and i am separated in philippines (still married with filipino but we are separated)
    i am 6months living now in sweden and my visa is residence visa i coming here with my boyfriend swedish guy.
    In sweden if you want to separate a marrage couple they called it a “devorce” and in philippines we have “annulment”.its almost same “devorce” but it takes a couple of 3-to 5 years to finalize the decision in philippines. My question is?
    -Can i do apply a devorce here in sweden so it will be quickly that i am already devorce.? If i can what should i do.?
    – I am a residence here but my personbevis is still “gift”(married).?
    -Its possible to apply permanent visa even my annulment is still processing?
    -What should i do to change that ?
    -It’s their another rules or option for the immigration about that in a easy way?

    Please help me what should i do! Thank you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Rica,

      I believe before you can get a residence permit based on marriage to a Swedish citizen you must show that you are not married in the Philippines. I’m not sure how the system in the Philippines is, but I think divorce is something that is recognized by the state/government, and an annulment is something that is recognized by the Catholic church. For Sweden I believe they need something that is issued by the Philippines government (state or local), and the Swedish government will not give any consideration to a document that is issued by a religious authority.

      Applying for a divorce in the Philippines depends on the government policy there, I’m not sure if the Swedish government has any procedures you can take. Perhaps the Philippines will allow you to apply for a divorce from abroad? You need to check how to apply for a divorce in the Philippines.

      I’m not sure what you mean about your residence permit being based on a gift. My understanding of the Swedish system is that you can only get a five-year residence permit based on being married to a Swedish/EU citizen if you are already married to that person.

      You mentioned that your boyfriend is Swedish. My questions for you are: are you married to your Swedish boyfriend, where did you get married, and is this marriage recognized by/registered with the government where you got married? Have you registered your marriage with Skatteverket? How are you living legally in Sweden now? Are you on a tourist visa, or do you have a residence permit?

      When you respond, can you also please clarify the terms “annulment” and “divorce.” In the Philippines is an annulment granted by the state or by the church? For Sweden, I believe you must have proof that your prior marriage has been dissolved by the state.

      Thanks

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  121. Yoel

    Hi Admin,
    Thank you for the great work . your responses are impressive I was trying to find similar case as mine but couldn’t. Here is my question.

    Currently I’m living in Denmark as a refugee and my wife is settled in the UK as a refugee. We were disconnected for a long time I didn’t know where she was and I didn’t disclosed about her to Danish immigration service. But now we are in contact and we want to reunite and live together in the UK. Please any direction don’t know what to do.

    Note:- On her asylum application she disclosed my full name and her marital status as married. But didn’t know my where about.

    Thanks

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  122. Mansuru hashim

    Hello,tnx for doing a good job am non Euro citizen living in uk for almost 4years now I met a Portuguese woman which we already cohabbitation for over two years we apply for a resident card which I was refused can we apply for a resident card of Sweden from here in uk to move ther and get married

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Mansuru Hashim,

      Yes, I believe it may be possible for you to get a residence permit based on being in a common-law marriage (by the definition that you have lived together for over two years) already now based on your current circumstance. You may not even need to get married. Check with Migrationsverket about this. In the worst case you can get married in Sweden or anywhere else 😉

      I’m not sure how long it will take for the UK to renegotiate all its treaties with Sweden now that they have voted to leave, but I think you have a matter of at least months.

      Have fun in Sweden

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  123. vv

    hi,
    i am here on student visa ….i finished my studies……..i dont have personal number…….but i am getting married to swedish girl friend………should i first apply for personal number in skatteverket……. after marriage,…….then residence permit…please guide me in this regard……i am legal to stay in sweden………guide me starting from getting marriage to getting residence permit in this regard………… please answer as soon as possible

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings VV,

      First of all, I’m not sure you could get a personnummer as a student- perhaps if you were getting a scholarship, but it sounds like this would be ending soon anyway.

      For the marriage route- I believe the way it works is that you get married, apply for a personnummer, and then apply for a residence permit.

      Hope this helps and congratulations on your marriage

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      1. Vv

        Hi, thanks for the reply
        Actually I got full scholarship…..I didn’t get person number… …. So

      2. Administrator Post author

        I don’t think I can say anything different, because since you’re done with school you won’t be getting the scholarship any more, correct? Skatteverket will want to know about how you can support yourself going into the future.

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  124. selam

    Hi i am currently living in Sweden as asylum seeker, i have boyfriend in UK . is it possible to get married and process while i am here. if yes what do , where can we get married. how is the process going to be?
    thanks

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Selam,

      Every country has its own regulations for getting married, so I can’t tell you where you can get married. However I suspect that in Sweden, the UK, and most other countries, the reason you are in that country is not considered. In other words, I suspect you can get married in Sweden or the UK, you just need to find out the procedural steps to take for this. Here is an article that talks about those for Sweden: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/getting-married-in-sweden_n_1265800.html

      Good luck

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      1. selam

        Thanks alot for your answer, i have asked and they said its possible to get married here in Sweden, so do you think the UK embassy here in Sweden process my application??? i am non EU citizen.

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello, I think if you are married then the UK will consider your status as being a non-EU citizen who is married to a UK citizen. Then you just need to follow the UK’s procedures for applying for a residence permit there.

        Congratulations on your upcoming marriage

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  125. Anonymous

    from the day when we apply for residence permit or card till the day of decision.
    Is I am not allowed to do work in sweden if I am non eu ?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello, I’m not sure which previous comment you’re referring to, but perhaps this will answer: in my experience once I received my decision (after about two months of waiting) I was then fingerprinted and had my picture taken. It then only took about a week to get the residence permit. If you are non-EU married to an EU citizen then you have the right to work, however this isn’t covered by the residence card. To work you need a personnummer, and for this you go through Skatteverket. For non-EU married to an EU citizen, I believe the current process is first you apply for a personnummer through skatteverket and then you apply for a residence permit.

      Hope this helps

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  126. Anonymous

    Hello,
    I have a question , please replay as soon as possible.
    skatteverket office has asked me for the health insurance certificate at least for 1 year.
    first question, what is S1 health insurance certificate?
    I am from Pakistan but was studding in Austria, so from where should I take the health insurance?
    Thanks!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello,

      As I understand they are asking to see that you have comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden for at least one year going into the future. I believe this can be public or private insurance.

      If you had health insurance in Austria as a student, and it is valid for at least one year going into the future, then this may fulfill Skatteverket’s A1 requirement, however there is some debate about this (https://www.reddit.com/r/TillSverige/comments/46y9rx/eu_citizen_here_why_do_i_need_to_have_a_year_of/).

      Unfortunately I can’t provide you with much information, but hopefully someone else reading can fill in the gaps.

      Best of luck

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  127. Nik

    Hello Admin,and thank you for all the work you are doing here.
    I have one question. My girlfriend is Swedish citizen and I’m from non-EU country,but I don’t need tourist visa to visit Sweden. We are planning to get married and live togeather in Sweden. What do you think is best option for me to get residence permit?:
    -to get married in Sweden
    -to get married in my country
    -to try to get permit thru Sambo visa.

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Nik,

      Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. I’m not sure where the best place to get married is, but I think getting married instead of the Sambo could save you some time waiting for the Sambo application to be processed (at least several months).

      As I understand, if you are planning to move to someone in Sweden to get married then you are officially supposed to go the Sambo way. If you go to Sweden as a tourist and get married while you are there then I think you are in a gray zone.

      For me, I got married to a non-Swedish EU citizen in a non-EU country, then moved to Sweden with no problems or wait. However the process is different for a non-EU citizen marrying a Swedish citizen.

      The best thing I can tell you is to have your Swedish girlfriend talk with someone at Skatteverket/Migrationsverket and ask what is the quickest way you can legally move to Sweden (residence permit and personnummer).

      If you find out any useful information then feel free to post back about your experience- your question is one of the most popular unsolved questions on this website.

      Best of luck

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  128. unknwn

    hi Admin, thanks for your work, really enlightening , am a non eu citizen, planning to get married to an eu citizen but she has a 5 years residence in denmark but we want get married in sweden and i apply for residence permit in sweden, what does she need to do for me to get my residence here ? and from other sources , its like i will have to go back to my home country to apply and i really dont want to go and apply from there, would love to wait here and get a decision, i came with a tourist visa but it expired already few months ago, am here illegally , but she came to my home country to visit me 2 years ago, thanks…

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello,

      Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. The first question is, is your future EU spouse a Swedish citizen? If she is then the way you are supposed to do it is to wait abroad until your application is processed.

      If she is an EU citizen who is not Swedish then, as a married couple, I believe you can move to Sweden with no wait and you can apply for a residence permit while you (both) are in Sweden.

      I’ll continue assuming she is an EU non-Swede.

      First you need to research the requirements for getting married in Sweden (here is one discussion about that: https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-121).

      I’m not positive, but I suspect your immigration status does not have an influence on getting married in Sweden.

      Once you are married then I believe you can follow the process detailed on this webpage for a non-EU citizen getting married to an EU citizen who is not Swedish.

      When you are completing this process I’m again not sure how your immigration status will affect your application, if at all. This is a common outstanding mystery for people who write on this page, so if you go through this process fell free to write back and tell how it unfolds.

      In any case, this is the best course I can think to take. Maybe someone else can also contribute something.

      Best of luck

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  129. dexxter

    Hello there
    Well I am divorced Non-EU father living in a non-EU country with my swedish child (minor). Me and my ex have a joint custody over a child, she is swedish but not intends so far to move back to Sweden. Is there a way for me to move to Sweden with my swedish child. I’ve been reading a lot and I havent find a way so far. Curious because I’ve seen that its possible in almost all other EU states.
    Thanks in advance Admin 🙂

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Dexxter,

      That’s an interesting question. Time to consult the Aliens Act (http://www.government.se/contentassets/784b3d7be3a54a0185f284bbb2683055/aliens-act-2005_716.pdf)

      From my amateur reading of “Chapter 3a Right of Residence for EEA Nationals and Others” it looks like you can only go to Sweden with your child if you were financially dependent on your child (assuming “descendant” means your child, and “ascendant” means your parents).

      There could be more to it though, that is just my guess.

      Good luck

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      1. dexxter

        Thanks for a fast reply.
        Thats also how I understood. A chicken-egg situation. The child has a right to live in his country. I have a right to live by him there but theres no legal way to get him to Sweden as far as I can see.

  130. Bab's

    Hej
    I want to know is you have ideas about the new law’s that the Migrationsverket about to apply to their system… About the Maintenance Requirement’s for Reunification.(Family ties).
    Is it going to effect only families of those who has a permit base on protection (Asylum), Or is going to effect even the families of Swedish Citizen and EU citizen member’s all.. Tnx?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Bab’s- it looks like this is what you’re referring to, and you can find the full answer to your question within this article: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/About-the-Migration-Agency/News-archive/News-archive-2016/2016-07-01-The-Riksdag-the-Swedish-Parliament-has-decided-to-temporarily-restrict-the-possibility-of-being-granted-a-residence-permit-in-Sweden.html

      It looks like the changes to the maintenance requirement will affect EU citizens. While previously EU citizens were exempt from the maintenance requirement, now they are not. If I understand it correctly, Swedish citizens must also meet the maintenance requirement if they marry a non-Swedish citizen for that person’s residence permit application to be approved.

      Those are some big changes, I will have to update this website. Thanks for the question

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  131. Anonymous

    Hello,
    I hope everyone is fine. After getting married to EU (Scandinavian) citizen I (NON EU) applied for residence permit (AS I AM IN SWEDEN). but its really confusing all over. I asked from migrationsverket that can I work and can I have the personal number from skatteverket. they said yes. but when I went to skatteverket they said no you can. same is like I asked that after applying for residence card can I go out from sweden , by mail and call I got the answer yes, But when I visited the office they said no.
    do Anyone of here knows the right answers to these questions?
    please answer.
    Thanks!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello, here is a link you may find helpful, “Residence cards in accordance with EU rules for family members of Nordic citizens” (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen/Permits-for-family-members/Residence-card-in-accordance-with-EU-rules.html).

      It says that as the spouse of a Nordic citizen you have the right to a residence permit and to immediately start working.

      However, in reality from what I’ve found, employers are not going to hire you unless you have a personnummer. If I were you I would ask at Skatteverket what conditions you must meet to get a personnummer. Or ask for a personnummer application and see what is written there. Also make sure to tell them that you are married to a Nordic citizen.

      At least you should be able to meet the requirements for a residence permit based on being married to a Nordic citizen (here is the application link from the website linked to above: http://www.migrationsverket.se/download/18.5e83388f141c129ba6312e57/1465482159424/bluk_145011_en.pdf)

      Here is a link about traveling outside Sweden with a residence permit and then returning later: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Travelling-from-Sweden.html

      Hopefully others in a similar situation can add to this.

      Good luck

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  132. Bab's

    This is what Migrationsverket told me when I ask the the same question.. but on their website it doesn’t stand like that?

    The new temporary law affects people who wish to apply to move to a family member in Sweden who has received a permit based on asylum. If the person in Sweden has a permanent residence permit, a temporary residence permit with refugee status or a temporary residence permit with subsidiary protection status and applied for asylum before 24 November 2015, then the family ( husband, wife, cohabiting partner or registered partner and children under the age of 18) have the possibility of moving to the person in Sweden. Both you and your partner must be at least 21 years of age.

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  133. Mihaela Lozovanu

    Hello, Administrator.
    First of all I want to thank you for your great effort in answering and helping everyone. It is amazing!
    My situation i like that: I am an EU-citizen, finishing my master studies and summer internship here in Sweden. My boyfriend (fiancé, already :)) is a non-EU citizen (Moldova) and we would like to move and live together here in Sweden. He has enough financial resources to be able to support himself (for at least 1 year). I already have my swedish personla number (personnummer) and plan to search for a job.
    I have found different options for non-EU citizens to get resident permits, however they do not apply for my case:
    1. http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Work-study-or-live-in-Sweden-for-EU-citizens/Residence-cards-for-family-who-are-non-EU-citizens.html – for this one, we are not married yet
    2. http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Planning-to-marry-or-become-the-common-law-spouse.html – for this one I do comply with the maitenance requirements (I dont have a permanent job)

    Is it possible for my fiancé to get a resident permit, until I obtain a permanent job or until we get oficially married?
    And if yes, what the procedure should look like?

    Thank in advance for your reply!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Mihaela Lozovanu,

      Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and apologies that your comment was initially blocked (it does that automatically if you include more than one link).

      Unless you have been living together for at least two years I don’t know of any way how he can get a residence permit based on his relation to you while you are not married, except of course for the second option you linked to above: residence permit based on moving to someone to marry.

      However this option can take months (and quite possibly over one year) to process. Probably the quickest way he could get a residence card would be if you got married.

      Best wishes for you both

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  134. Anonymous

    Hi,
    I thank to administration of this website. And I hope you all are fine.
    I have a question ,
    As I am (non EU) married to a Norwegian. I applied for residence card and provided them with residence card application and marriage certificate. I asked them to take the prove that how my wife will support me (pay slip and account statement) but they refuse to take because they said that its not important but on the residence card application it is written that my wife have to give the prove of supporting me financially.
    Same is when my wife went to skatteverket to get the personal number they also said that we don’t require your job contract pay lips etc .
    I am a bit confused because its written on both websites that to get personal number and for residence card application she needs to show her source of income.
    waiting for answer.
    Thanks!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello,

      I suspect it’s because your wife is Norwegian (Nordic citizen), and as the spouse of a Nordic citizen you can have an easier time getting a residence permit/personnummer:

      http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen.html

      http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Nordic-citizen/Permits-for-family-members/Residence-permit-in-accordance-with-Swedish-regulations.html

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  135. Anonymous

    Hi there, i have just go through all the comments. Feel so relaxed. bt i want to know something.
    I am from Pakistan. My husband is in Sweden. he is doing job there. We recently got married in Pakistan then he has gone back to Sweden after few days. On April 11th 2016, he applied for my visa via online application. After that i received an email from ‘migrationsverket’ stating that they have registered my application. And then on May 31st i went to Islamabad Sweden Embassy for biometric.
    They took my fingerprints and pictures. Now i am on a waiting mode. Please let me know how long it will take to be processed my case?
    Really its so hard to live without a partner.
    Migrationsverket has not contact me for further information yet. Please tell me about the waiting time.
    Thank you.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello,

      Yes the waiting time is very frustrating and can take a while these days. You probably know about these sites:

      Waiting time calculator (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Contact-us/Time-to-a-decision.html)

      Check your application online: (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Contact-us/Check-your-application/Without-login.html)

      Are you waiting for your residence permit to be processed? There is a new regulation that allows you to visit Sweden while you are waiting: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Nyheter/2016-06-09-Possible-to-travel-to-Sweden-while-you-are-waiting-for-your-decision-for-a-residence-permit.html

      However if you are waiting for a visa to travel to Sweden then I can’t offer you any more links. If they took your biometric information then hopefully you can receive permission to go soon. You can always email/call them to make sure they have your correct contact information too.

      In my case my biometric pictures weren’t processed correctly and I needed to get them re-taken. The trouble was they didn’t tell me this so I waited for a month before contacting them to ask what was going on.

      Hopefully you get everything straightened out soon

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      1. muneeba

        Hi there,
        Today i got an email from migrationsverket stated that your case has been settled. What does it mean?
        My decision has been made?

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello Muneeba- I’m surprised they didn’t send any other information that would give you a more definite answer. I can’t say what they meant based on what you have quoted. If they didn’t include information about appealing, when you must leave, etc then I would agree with Raheel

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      1. Raheel

        Dear Muneeba,

        Yes, It means that a decision has been made in your case.

        Have you applied for a Study Resident Permit! and when did you applied! at what date!

        kind Regards,

        Raheel

  136. fabricia

    i am a non EU citizen from africa living in sweden (illegaly) under an expired visa, that ended over 10months ago. I am living with a swedish man and now i am 6 month pregnant. we are trying to look for every option for me to stay here in sweden legally without me going back to my country. I can for several reasons not go back to my country due to my family has rejected me for changing religion, living with a non african man and for being pregnant without telling them.
    In order for me to get permit to stay in sweden we have talked about several options such as marrying, applying as sambos or also by cause of the baby might be born in sweden and being a swedish citizen with one swedish parent. we have talked to the migration office and they say i have to apply from my home country, but i will have to stay there for many months in that case, and there is nowhere i can turn to anymore in my country.

    so what should i apply for? marriage, sambo or for my child needing its mother. i can not bring the child with me back to africa living on the street.
    also, how great is the posibility for me to get to stay in sweden while the investigation and paper work process with the migrations office will go on?
    if i apply now while being pregnant, will they send me home before i get to give birth to my child?
    Please help us with any advise.
    Thankyou.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Fabricia,

      From what I’ve read there are some indications that you might be able to remain in Sweden while your application is processed. For the best advice I would recommend talking to a lawyer in Sweden who works with immigration.

      Migrationsverket says you might be able to remain in Sweden while your application is being processed under conditions specified on this webpage: http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Moving-to-someone-in-Sweden/Spouse-registered-partner-or-common-law-spouse/If-you-are-in-Sweden.html

      Best of luck for you

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    2. Peyman

      This is my opinion only( do not get back to your country) get marry and apply within Sweden to get your PR and wait to see what they say. This way you have nothing to loose . Tell them you have no one in your country to support you or your baby and if you leave this may put you and
      your babies life in risk. Your visa is expired ad they can not deport you specially when you are pregnant. If all options fails then request for refugee status.

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  137. Anonymous

    hi.
    I am ali. I applied for residence card . As i am no eu and married to a norwegian.
    today I received a letter that say that I have to show them a comprehensive health insurance. I dont know that what they meant by that. I am having a student health insurance in austria which is valid all over the EU. will it work ?
    Thanks!

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Ali- I think the student health insurance for Austria should work if it is valid throughout Europe. However, is there an expiration date on it that is in the near future. In this case I think you might have a problem. Here is a link to information about health insurance for Sweden:

      https://openbordersimmigration.com/how-to-get-a-residence-card-through-marriagepartnership-uppehallskort-through-marriage/#comment-33

      Good luck

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  138. sam

    Hi there
    i had applied for family renufication since 9 months and now i had recieved an email from migrationsverket inviting me to shedule an appointment with the swedish embassy for an interview ,when i checked the website of the embassy concerned i found out the time for appointment for an interview is 6 months i ve been shoked because its imposible to be that long just for an interview and we had waited that long time
    my question is it just for the people whom requested to make the interview from themselfs or even you have this email from the migrationsverket you have to wait another 6 months ?
    the strange thing my home country doesn t have much people coming to sweden to think because of the big cue
    thank you so much in advance for your time and the help you give to us

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    1. Anonymous

      Hi Ali’ just get a copy of the invitation mailed to you and go to embassy to schedule an interview .In my case I received the mail on 29/Jul/2016 and my wife had the interview done
      on 09/Aug/2016.

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    2. Administrator Post author

      Hello Sam,

      I’m not sure about your question. It seems six months is a long time- perhaps you can call the embassy or go there to book in person and it would be shorter. Hopefully someone else reading will give you a better answer.

      Good luck

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  139. Salah

    Hi and thanks for the great effort you’re doing
    I have a question for a friend.
    He has work permit in Sweden. This is his first year here and he bought a flat. He wants to start the process to bring his girlfriend to Sweden. She’s Ukrainian and when she went to the Swedish Embassy there, they told her that the process time will be faster if she is married to him.
    The question here, She can come to Sweden with a tourist visa but can she get married to him in Sweden and he doesn’t has a permanent residence Visa. Just a work temporary Visa?
    He prefer to register as a Sambo so they can get married at his homeland with all the family, would it be possible to register as a Sambo?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Salah,

      As I understand a person’s immigration status doesn’t affect whether or not they can get married in Sweden. For example, I think two Japanese tourists could get married in Sweden while they are on vacation there, as long as they take the appropriate steps.

      For the Sambo, I believe they must have been living together for at least two years.

      Hope that helps,

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  140. Eden Bernardo

    Hello my name is Eden….I have so many questions in my mind now pertaining of getting married in Sweden in connection to my future application for resident card and I am very thankful that I have found this site.
    Like I have said I have so many questions in my mind right…by the 7th of this month I will be married via civil officiant to a Swedish guy, I am a citizen of non EU who is now in Sweden just for 90 days visa…
    First Query, In our application for getting a marriage license at the tax office me and my partner put in there that I will be using his aftername (Surname) and the case is I will be leaving Sweden by the 22nd of this month because my 90 days end….Since I am already married before I leave Sweden will it be trouble for me to the Airport I mean will I may be hold because my return itinerary still in my maiden name along with my passport info?
    Second, my passport has remaining validity of 19 months and as far as I know if I apply for resident card I must have more than 24 months left in it should I need to renew it and if I must can I change my name based on my husband’s surname? Is it okay to apply for a resident card if my passport has been changed to my husband Surname? (because I doubted that maybe I must have my maiden name then when I will apply online) What can my husband do so I will be having a personnummer even if I am still in my country.
    Third Query, If I will apply for resident card is it enough that I will just enclosed my husband’s paper for his annual income? (with no income proof documents from me)

    Hoping for your answer…. Any reply to this is indeed a great help for my clarifications.Thank you so much.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Greetings Eden,

      Sorry but I’m not sure about your first questions regarding your name change and passport renewal. Hopefully someone else will respond who has more specific information.

      I would say do everything to apply for a personnummer while you are there (submit all forms, etc) and it will hopefully be processed while you are back in your home country. I believe if your husband makes enough to support you both then you don’t need to enclose any income for yourself.

      Good luck, and congratulations on your recent marriage.

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  141. Anonymous

    Hi ,

    I would like to ask i just had my interview , the consulate asked me if my husband send me money every month. I said to them my husband don’t send money every month , I’m not financially dependent with my husband since I’ve been working for 7 years until now , I would like to know if this is one of the reason to be denied? Hoping for your inputs.

    Thank you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello,

      Your husband lives in Sweden, and you are applying for a residence permit to move there as a spouse?

      If they are going to deny you for financial reasons I think it would be because the incomes of you and your husband combined do not meet the minimum requirement (I believe something like 9000 SEK for two).

      Good luck

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  142. ss

    hi,
    i finished my masters program in sweden. i am non european. i applied for visa extension for after studies for searching job. but its one year i still didnt get my decision yet from migration and didnt get job also. now i am in living in relation with swedish girl. i have moved to her. now how can i get personumber in sweden. should i first apply to skatteverket. or should i wait untill my decision. and then, can i re-aaply for sambo visa and then to skatteverket. should i first go to skatteverket and explain my situation. i am in confusion please help me.
    thanks in advance.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello SS,

      One year and still no response- that is frustrating. I’m not sure what to say about waiting for the visa extension or not.

      For the Sambo- I think for that you need to have lived together for at least two years.

      Good luck

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      1. ss

        hi ,
        how can i apply for permanent residence permit. while waiting for extension visa can i apply for another visa. what kind of visa can i apply now ,as i am saying with my swedish girl.

      2. Administrator Post author

        Hello SS- if you’re going to stay in Sweden you should go for a residence permit. If you get this then you don’t need a visa to stay in Sweden, but be careful to keep your visa status legal until you apply/get a residence permit.

        I’m not sure about applying for multiple or different types of visas at the same time. Feel free to write back if you find any information about this topic because I’ve had the same question from several other people.

        As far as I know you can get a residence permit if you are married to a Swedish citizen or if you’ve lived together for two years (common-law/Sambo partnership). Otherwise you’re supposed to apply from your home country for a residence card to move to someone in Sweden who you are going to marry.

        So you are in a gray area. I would say talk to someone at Migrationsverket for advice on what to do. Hopefully someone else reading will give you more specific answers.

        Good luck

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  143. sorsh

    my wife live in sweden and she is a sweden citizen andd I am living in a Non Eu coutries she come in my country for 23 days and we married during 23 days then she went back to sweden.
    in the application for residence permit to settle in sweden form(161011) there are two qurestion
    which say 1- wish to live with my partner* whom i have not predeviously lived with
    2- wish to live with my partner* whom i have lived with outside of sweden
    I don’t know which one of the tow question I choose beacuse we just live with each othe for 23
    days

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  144. kamaal

    Hello ..my name is kamaal I am Somali citizen and I am student so Iam so eager to go in Sweden for edecation purpose so I am requesting you to help me haw to go Sweden

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  145. sorsh

    Hi
    My wife live and have the sweden citizenship and I live in a Non Eu country she went to skatverket and fill the papers then skatverket told to her you have to wait for the process. now should I register my self with migrationsverket or I wait for the skaterverket that what they say for my wife

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  146. sorsh

    Hi
    My wife live and have the sweden citizenship and I live in a Non Eu country she went to skatverket and fill the papers then skatverket told to her you have to wait for the process. now should I register my self with migrationsverket or I wait for the skaterverket that what they say for my wife.

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  147. Quereen

    Hei!..i am a non eu citizen who has just started working in sweden and my boyfriend who has a resident permit working in Finland wants to be with me here. Can he apply for a resident permit in Sweden as sambo? Or are there any other way to get him so we can live together and work here? He is planning to resign from his work to be with me and work in sweden instead. We are worried if his application will be granted since i just started working here. And what documents must we both submit for the application to be processed? I hope you can help us with this. Thank you!..

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    1. Babs

      Of cause he can move to you…all I know is he will come to Sweden and register his name on your address at the tax office.. but all depends on all of you, what kind of permit he have and can you support him…. What I know is if he have a resident in any part of EU then he can be with you…. Maybe the adminstrator will tell you more
      Good luck?

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  148. Anonymous

    Hi, I applied online for permanent residency in Sweden last year on 16th of October 2015. I got married in December 2015. My husband has permanent residency card. I was called for the interview in Swedish embassy Pakistan on 1st June 2016. And I still haven’t received any decision according to my case. It has been one year almost since I’ve applied. I want to move to my husband who is currently working in Sweden. Why is the procedure taking so long?

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  149. Lamin Darboe

    Hello there!!!My name is Lamin Darboe am staying in italy for 2 years now and my girlfriend is a Swedish national but my girlfriend is pergant for 4 months now and she really want us to living together and she normally come to visit me here in italy and now it will be very difficult of her to come and visit because due to her peregancy I need a help on my this sutution and we love each sooo much and I Don want to lose my child or either her please what will I do noww am asking

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    1. Babs

      Hi lamin.. if you have a permit (sojono) then you can go to Sweden and register in her address for living together latter they will change your permit for you. . But if you are in the asylum then you need to apply fira family ties… On the Migrationsverket website tnx?

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  150. Janet

    Hello admin,

    I visited in Sweden for 6 months and I meet a Swedish guy and we’re living together for 4 months in Sweden,and my Swedish boyfriend wants to to apply a permanent residence. now I go back to Philippines because my visa was already expired and now I want to apply a permanent residence in Sweden, the problem is I was separated for 4 years In my Filipino husband, and I read the documents that they need a cenomar for applying a permanent residence in Sweden, so in my case do I need to file an anullment before I apply a permanent residence in Sweden?
    I hope you give me an advice.
    Thank you,
    Jan

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  151. srosh

    Hi
    I have a question which belong’s to Application for resident permit to settle in sweden Application 161011.
    in question 2 which is : 2.My passport details, etc which ask (I have the right to return to my native country or to the country where I now live) what is the meaning or concept of this to answer.

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  152. Anonymous

    hello administrator
    i really admire your patient and the beautiful platform you created to help ppl like us solve problem by giving a better inside and explanation…
    i have some questions bothering me about applying for resident permit from here as an illegal/non eu cittizen..
    i got into europe (italy) with a 10 days visa in october 27 2015 and left for sweden the next day and after 5month i met my girlfriend, now my wife,we have only dated for 5 month before we got married on the 3rd of september..i read on the immigration web site that i need to apply from my home country which i booked a flight to leave but few weeks to my departure my wife who is now 17weeks 3days preganat developing a severe back pain and could not walk or do anything so we visited the doctor the next day but the doctor said,theirs nothing they can do becuase the pain is as a result of been pregnent and her previous spinalcord issues…
    we have decided i apply from here while i watch and take care of her,we got a very good letter from her doctor describing her health problem and also stated that she needs me during and after the birth of the babies….so my question is this, do you have any idea of the possibility/chances of me securing my resident permit from here?

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  153. Tex111

    My wife is a swedish citizen going to school in sweden and living with her family. Would her families residence and income be something we could use to prove mantinance?

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  154. srosh

    hi
    Is this important or necessary that a wife use the last name of her husband in Sweden and also please tell me that will or will not be a problem when interviewing in a Sweden embassy that the last name of husband and wife not be the same.
    please answer this as soon as possible

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  155. shdg1996

    Hello, I could really use your help!

    I am a Danish citizen currently in a relationship with a Brazilian girl.
    We are both 21 years old.

    My girlfriend is currently staying in Denmark as an au pair, she has a contract that lasts until late 2018.

    We are planning to get married soon, and wanna know the possibilities of her getting a Swedish residence permit.

    Here’s my questions:

    Should we be married in Denmark or Sweden?
    Can we live in Sweden doing the process? (Since she loses her au pair)
    What is the best way to go about this?
    How big are the chances of her application getting approved?
    Should we hire a lawyer while doing it?
    Should we get married and then apply or apply and THEN get married?
    And how long after marriage should we apply?

    My biggest question as describes above:
    HOW LIKELY ARE MY GIRLFRIEND TO GET APPROVED?
    I really don’t wanna risk her going back to Brazil.

    Thanks!!!!!

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  156. Ishwar singh

    Hi
    I have Swedish girlfriend. If I marry to her and get 5 year card Swedish. Then how long it will take to become permanent. And how long for Swedish pasport.
    thanks.

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  157. Cecil

    Hello the information you published was in general very knowledgeable..my case is this as of now im in sweden and have a tourist visa 90 days.my husband i can call we get married in civil rights in mindanao..in the yr 2011 i never thought my papers were not processed by the lcr officers..have my photos ànd a blank marriage contract with our signatures as couples their Lcr officer did not accomplised the filling up. until she run away for illigitimate cause in the office..can it be possible to have our wedding ceremeny here to be legally married..we are together for 7 yrs.im 50 and mg husband is 64..i need your help and we plan to be married during my stay here.

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  158. Cold3arted

    Hi.
    I am a non-eu residence person. My question is I apply for asylum in Sweden.but I get negative results. Now I am illegal in Sweden. But I want to marry my European girlfriend. Is it possible in here.please give me right solution. Thanks.

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    1. Babs

      I know a guy who have a similar situation like yours after getting married they deported him to his home country to apply for resident permit, because they have his passport, you cannot marry in Sweden without showing your passport… The best for you is to try to have a baby with her if only you plan for that?

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  159. Lisa

    I’m a Librarian married to a England man and we’re now living in England but he don’t want to renew my second visit and now he wants to go live in another wish is in Africa but I don’t want to go so please tell me what to do???????

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  160. unknwn

    hi, i am from non eu country , i came to sweden with a visit visa which is expired and am married to a swedish citizen, it states that in applying for a resident permit, i have to apply from my home country but i dont want to go back, i am thinking of hiring an Advocate to help me fight it so i can apply here and get a decision , please advise if i can win it through an advocate or not, my wife got a kid and we are close that she doesnt want let go and i love her too, shes just 3 years old , thanks.

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  161. Prince

    Hey I am prince an asylum seeker in sweden but my case is still on no interview yet I have been in sweden for over a year now my fiance who is a Swedish citizen is 3months pregnant for me and I need a residents permit what are we going to do will I go bck to my home country to apply? Or will they gona answer here? What will be the outcome

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  162. veruschkamb

    Hello, have been searching the web for a couple of hours to try and find the answer. My husband and I have been married for 10 years, we have three children and live in a non-eu country. I am Swedish, and my children carry the passport. We spend every winter in Sweden for 2 weeks. I’d like to apply for citizenship for my husband. I was told it was possible but no-where documents how and what process. Do we go through the embassy? Very grateful for your help!

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  163. veruschkamb

    Hello, I’m married for 10 years to my non-eu husband, we have three children(all with Swedish citizenship, as do I). We live abroad, and probably will remain living here for the next 10 years. I would like him to carry the Swedish passport as well and was told we could begin the process after 10 years of marriage. We visit Sweden for a couple of weeks each year but do not own property there or plan to move back there right now. I have searched high and low for the process in our case and haven’t found anything. Would I go through the embassy? Who do I contact? Thanks a bunch!

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  164. Enea

    Hej. I’m from Albania I’m in Sweden for 1 year and I come to Sweden with working permit. I am married in Sweden with a Swedish girl and now I am waiting for the answer from migracionsverket. I had a problem with police and now my name is registered in police sistem. My question is can I get deport back in my country or negative answer from migracionsverket about that and do this depen on my pepper because for the moment I have only working paper. Thnx mhv Enea

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  165. Anonymous

    hi

    i am non EU actually from kenya and i moved to sweden in 2013 to live with my british gf who worked in sweden.our relationship unfortunately ended in july 2015 cause she had to move back to england and i already learnt the language n got a permanent job.my permit expires in 2018 but apparently i was informed by the immigration that i have been living illigaly in sweden.i have been paying tax from 2014 and learnt the language in school.my question is can i appeal and get residence permit?

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  166. Rob tiamzon

    Goodday!
    Hi, i am a non eu,actually im from philippines,i an now inside sweden holding a short term visa for 3months, and my boyfriend wants me to stay longer,or applying for partner’s visa,i just wanna ask if we can apply resident visa or partners visa while im in sweden?or i can ask for exetension of my short term visa.thanks…

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  167. Lena

    Hello! By new rules of June, 2016, any Swedish citizen who wants reuniting with a family must to have the sufficient income. But I can’t find information about if the Swedish citizen is a student and does not have a job. Can his family to show a document from bank(from country where is family). Or it is okay only for students who are in Sweden according to the student’s visa and aren’t citizen’s of Sweden?

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  168. Ahmed

    I am from morroco and an asylum seeker in Sweden Married to a danish citizen who lives in Denmark . Want to know what will happen if my application is rejected since I have not make application for resident permit in Sweden or in Denmark yet . Will I be send back to morroco even when I am Mattie to am EU citizen ?

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  169. Umer Usman

    Hi! I would like to know a little information. My wife is Swedish and she will have her delivery in Sweden this coming September. I would like to know is there any multiple entry Visa i can get so i can visit her couple of times. As i am working in dubai so i cant get long leaves straight.
    Thank You

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  170. ALAGIE

    Hello my name is Alagie I’m from Senegal i have a staying permit in Italy.I got married with a denish woman in Denmark but she is living and working in sweden.now I’m in Sweden with her but we don’t know if I should go and apply it in italy or I apply it here in Sweden.pls help us to know

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  171. diana

    Hi
    I’m married to a swedish citizen but we are living abroad. Our kids are swedish citizen.
    I was wondering if I could apply for a swedish residency? we are not planning to move to sweden anytime soon but I would like to have the same citizenship as my kids and husband.
    Thanks.

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  172. HM

    Hello Administrator,

    I am a Kenya,today am humbled and very happy to inform you that I have been granted a residence permit to stay and work in sweden.I have had challenges,being denied visa several times though am married to a swedish man and i kept reading this sites for all the pieces of advice you give to people like me and the contributions from everyone and finally am happy and feeling loved❤
    My advice to those who are applying or still waiting for the migration to make a decision;i will tell you this follow what the administrator tells you…keep all the conversations with your partner or whoever you are moving to,all those pictures,always tell the truth…never stop trying and believe me one day you gonna be happy like me.
    Thank you administrator and all the best for the rest.

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello HM,

      Glad to hear everything worked out for you, and thanks for posting back with your advice. That’s the most valuable thing for those in the future who read this. Best wishes for you and your family.

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  173. Redurcan

    Hi,

    I am non-EU but my wife is EU citizen. We moved to Sweden and I got 5 years residence permit. We are married for 1,5 year and living in Sweden for 1 year. We don’t have kids.

    In my case, if we decide to divorce, can I retain my residence permit? or after divorce will it be revoked? I would like to continue my life here in Sweden. I just started to work from 1 month.

    Thank you in advance.

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    1. Egi

      Hej
      Im eu and my husband non eu…as i know you have to apply again cuz your card is valid as long as u are a relative of en eu citizen.but maybe if u have a job a house and money to provide yourself there maybe migration agency will approve your application…but what i know for sure is that after u break up with your wife u have to contact migration agency…

      I have it will work out for u

      Have a nice summer
      🙂

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  174. Angel

    Hi, well a question, since it is so difficult to get approved for a husband/wife non-eu residency to live with Swedish person. Are they allowed to stay together from day one in another eu country ? Because in Sweden the eu residents have that right in Sweden. And so why is it so difficult for the Swedish people?

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  175. Eng.O

    Hello guys,
    If i’m a fresh graduate in mechanical engineering ( BE degree ) certified by ABET.
    Recently , i got married me and my girl friend.
    She’s have the swedish nationality and she was born there and she have a persunnumer and she moved after 6 years.
    Now we are married and living in non EU country and want to go to sweden and settle here and work together.
    The questions are :
    How can this work ? How can i get the residence if we are planning to move and settle there and work. Because we both are fresh graduates and she has a master s degree , in addition she’s swedish at birth.
    How much time does the residence permit must take ?
    Is it 100% guaranteed to take it ?
    Can we go both there and instead of letting my girlfriend to wait there alone.
    Please someone answer me
    Regards
    Thank you in advance

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