How to Get a Swedish Residence Card (Uppehållskort) for Family Members

If your family member is not a Swedish or EU/EEA citizen, he/she/they will need to obtain a Swedish Residence Card (uppehållskort) to join you (a Swedish resident or citizen) as a family member if they intend to stay in Sweden longer than three months. If they are staying less than three months then normal travel requirements like visas are the only thing to worry about when coming to Sweden. If your family is coming to join you for longer than three months and you are not a Swedish/EU/EEA citizen, you will also need to obtain a residence card if you do not already have one.

Residence permits/uppehållskort can be obtained for the following types of family members:

  • Partners, spouses, and common-law spouses
  • Your partner’s or your unmarried children under the age of 18 (in some cases 21); those over 18 who are financially dependent on you may also be eligible
  • Your partner’s or your parents, if they are financially dependent on you (excluding the parents of students)

What You Need When Applying for a Residence Card (Uppehållskort)

Please note that the income requirements listed below are part of what is known as the Maintenance Requirement. Some groups of people are exempt from this, and this law has recently changed, so I recommend following this link for the most up-to-date information.

If you have the right to reside in Sweden and you are not a Swedish citizen, your family may also reside with you while their application is processed. As the person sponsoring your family member(s) who want to come and live with you longer than three months, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Have the right to reside in Sweden, met by:
    • Being an EU/EEA citizen
    • Having a valid Swedish residence permit
  • Have the financial means to support your family member, met by:
    • Having proof of employment (employment contract) or savings (bank statements) sufficient to support the amount of family members coming to Sweden – savings from the family member who is coming to Sweden may also be taken into consideration
    • If you are a Swedish citizen or permanent resident this requirement can be fulfilled by submitting a civic registration (Familjebevis för uppehållstillstånd) from Skatteverket
    • Having the financial means to support someone is calculated according to the following:
      • 7,300 SEK per month for one person
      • 10,800 SEK for two people who are married or common-law partners
      • 2,100 SEK per month for each additional child
  • Have an adequate living space for the amount of family members coming to live with you, met by showing a rental or lease agreement, or property deed for a dwelling that includes:
    • For two people: living room, kitchenette or kitchen, and a bedroom
    • For additional children: one extra bedroom for every two additional children
  • Proof of emergency medical coverage in Sweden of at least 246,500 SEK for at least one year

Family members who are coming to live with you must show the following:

  • Proof that they are related to you, met by:
    • Marriage certificate or birth certificate
    • For common-law spouses or partners: proof that you have previously cohabited, such as a joint rental contract or bills that are shared between you
  • Proof that they have a means to be supported, met by:
    • Your statement and proof that you have the financial means to support them
    • Family member’s bank statements showing savings, if any
  • Documents that show the family member was living with you before you moved to Sweden
  • Proof of emergency medical coverage in Sweden of at least 246,500 SEK for at least one year

Once you are ready you can make your application to live with a family member in Sweden online.

4 thoughts on “How to Get a Swedish Residence Card (Uppehållskort) for Family Members

  1. Sergey

    Hello,

    I am confused. Please help. I have read from this article: “person sponsoring ….Having the financial means to support someone is calculated according to the following:
    7,300 SEK per month for one person
    10,800 SEK for two people who are married or common-law partners”

    My spouse is EU citizen, I am non EU citizen. According this link for spouse “the maintenance requirement does not apply” because she is citizen EEA country. https://www.migrationsverket.se/info/4442_en.html

    So which of these sums are for us: 7,300 SEK or 10,800 SEK ??? Yes we are married BUT my spouse is EU citizen and she is not obliged to prove maintenance requirement for yourself.

    For what term do I need to provide proof of support yourself in Sweden (6 months, 1 year, 2year)?

    If I submit statements of my savings from Russian bank will it acceptable by Migrationsverket?

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  2. Adam

    Object: asylum seeking
    Dear sir,
    Am Eritrean refugee,I’ve not got asylum in Europe yet,I’ve stuck in (Kalie- France).I have left my family in a bad condition in Sudan,they may deport them to the hell of Eritrea, to where a prison waiting them,or they forced to pay a ransom of tens thousands Sudanese pounds,to release them,or sometimes they exposed to rape by security for male and female alike,where there is no law. So Am confused and am afraid to violence my minor daughter,as they previously done with her mother,that has suffered from infection in her womb, due to lack of medical care,so please help me in getting asylum to prevent my family,than in advance for your great human roll. Yours truly.

    sawalef8@gmail.com

    Reply
  3. Paboy

    Can i have economic assistance with my residence card as an non EU citizen married to and EU citizen in sweden! Because a job place wants to hired me but they need some financial support too from arbetförmilingen but they said I can’t get it because the code am having from immigration!

    Reply

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