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You belong to the same family as a Swedish citizen

You can have right of residence if you accompany or move to a family member who is a Swedish citizen.

In order to be registered in the Swedish Population Register (folkbokförd) you need to notify the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) that you are moving to Sweden. This can be done by visiting one of our Tax Agency offices (servicekontor). When you visit the office all members of your family who are moving to Sweden must accompany you, including the children.

» Find your nearest Tax Agency office (in Swedish)

Are you a citizen from a EU or EEA country?

If you are a citizen from a EU or EEA country you can show your own right of residence.

» More information about moving to Sweden from a EU or EEA country

Bring the following documents

You need to bring the following documents when you visit one of our Tax Agency offices:

Passport or national ID card (not your driver's license).

Documents showing your family relationship, such as birth or marriage certificate, or a document showing that you have lived together before the move to Sweden.

Documents showing that the Swedish citizen have been a resident in another EU or EEA country.

Documents showing that the Swedish citizen has had right of residence in another EU or EEA country, such as proof of employment, study certificate or a certificate of a company registration.

Bring original documents

Remember that all documents verifying your civil status or your relationships must be the original documents. You can also bring certified copies.

Certified means that someone has attested that the copy conforms to the original document. Another person must sign the copy, write his or her name in block capitals and write their telephone number.

Right to free movement

You must also be able to show that the Swedish citizen has returned to Sweden after having exercised his or her right to free movement within the EU or EEA.

» More about free movement on the European Commission's websiteexternal link, opens in new window

The right of free movement

In order for you to be registered in the Swedish Population Register you must be able to show that your Swedish family member has returned to Sweden after having exercised his or her right of free movement within the EU or EEA.

You should have followed or adhered to your family member when he or she used his or her right of free movement. You need to be able to show that your family member has moved to another EU or EEA country and that he or she has had right of residence there, for example by having worked or studied.

» More about free movement on the European Commission's websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Example

Hanna, who is a Swedish citizen, moved to France to study. During her time there, she met a Frenchman called Pierre. The couple lived together in France for the duration of Hanna's studies there. When Hanna completed her studies they moved to Sweden. Now Pierre wants to be registered in the Swedish Population Register and get a personal identity number.

Pierre goes to the Swedish Tax Agency's service office to register. He brings his passport, the rental contract which demonstrates that they lived together in France, and the diplomas showing that Hanna studied in France.

Show that you belong to the same family

You must be able to show that you belong to the same family. You can, for example, show a marriage or a birth certificate or a certificate proving that you have lived together before you moved to Sweden.

Choose the alternative that best applies to you

Choose one of the alternatives to see what documents you need to bring when you visit one of our Tax offices:

Husband, wife, registered partner or child under 21

If you are married, registered as partners or if the person moving with you is a child under 21, you must bring:

Marriage certificate.

Birth certificate.

Family book.

Official transcript from another country's civil registration (civil registry) where your relationship is registered.

Common law spouses

Common law spouses refers to couples who are not married but live together as if married. To be considered common law spouses you must be able to show that you live together as if married. You must bring:

An extract from the Population Register from another country.

A purchase contract of your shared residence.

A lease or insurance policy for your shared residence where you both are listed.

Other family members

If you are over the age of 21, or if you are not the spouse or a common law spouse to the family member you are moving in with, you must bring:

A certificate showing that you were dependent on the family member for support prior to moving to Sweden.

A certificate from an authorized authority showing that you have lived together as family members prior to the family member moving to Sweden.

A certificate showing that you have a serious illness that requires that your family member looks after you personally.

If you do not have right of residence

To be registered in the Swedish Population Register you must show that you belong to the same family or that your family member has exercised his or her right of free movement within EU or EEA. Otherwise you need to show that you have right of residence (uppehållsrätt) or a residence permit (uppehållstillstånd) which is valid for at least one year .

You can apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Migration Agency.

» More information on the Swedish Migration Agencys websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Children under 18

If a child under the age of 18 is planning to move to Sweden all the guardians need to fill out an application. If one of the guardians is abroad, he or she needs to provide written consent for the move to Sweden.

Children over the age of 16 can fill out their own application without their guardians’ written consent.

If you have income from another country

Please remember that when you move to Sweden and become registered in the Swedish Population Register, you may also be obliged to pay tax in Sweden on income that you receive from another country. Please contact the Swedish Tax Agency if you have such income.

» More information about an obligation to pay tax

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