Foreign citizens who want to move to Sweden must comply with the immigration regulations imposed by the authorities here. The requirements for relocating to Sweden depend on the reason of the applicant, however, most of the visas obtained can lead to permanent residency.
EU citizens are not subject to stringent requirements when moving to Sweden, while non-EU citizens can benefit from various categories of visas under which they can move permanently to this country.
Below, our immigration lawyer in Sweden explains the main steps to obtain permanent residence. You can rely on us for assistance in completing all the steps related to obtaining a residence permit in Sweden and even citizenship if you are interested in this option.
EU citizens applying for residence in Sweden
Citizens of neighboring countries can immigrate and obtain a residence permit in Sweden without much difficulty and the same applies to the citizens of other EU member states who are allowed to relocate here and then start the procedures for obtaining temporary and then permanent residence. Also, a citizen of the EU does not need an employment contract to relocate to Sweden, as long as he or she has enough funds to live here.
Our immigration lawyer in Sweden can guide citizens of EU states in their relocation endeavors. We can also assist those who want to apply for Swedish citizenship.
Non-EU citizens seeking permanent residence in Sweden in 2021
For the citizens of non-EU countries, the requirements for moving and applying for permanent residence in Sweden are more stringent. First of all, they are required to apply for the visa under which they want to enter Sweden from their home countries.
The following types of visas are available for foreign citizens from non-EU countries:
- student visas who can study in Sweden with universities and colleges approved by the Ministry of Education;
- business visas which are issued to those who want to set up companies or work as sole traders;
- employment visas which are issued based on an employment contract with a Swedish company;
- investor visas which are available for those with sufficient expertise in running a business;
- academic research visa applicants are also eligible for temporary than a permanent residency in Sweden.
Compared to other countries in the European Union, obtaining permanent residence in Sweden is easier for non-EU applicants, especially when it comes to relocating here based on investor visas.
If you are considering immigration to Sweden and are concerned about the best approach, you can discuss your options with one of our lawyers who will be able to make recommendations based on your expertise or situation.
The residence permit in Sweden can be obtained with the help of our specialists.
Documents for obtaining residency in Sweden in 2021
The documents to be filed in order to obtain temporary or permanent residence in Sweden depend on the immigration status of the applicant. Among these, the candidate is required to provide the following papers with the Swedish immigration authorities:
- the valid passport;
- a utility bill as proof of residential address;
- the employment contract (if the reason for relocating here is related to work);
- proof of investment if the applicant comes here based on an investor visa;
- other documents, depending on the nationality of the applicant.
It is important to note that investors applying for permanent residence in Sweden are required to also file proof of their experience in managing a business and the benefits their companies will bring to the Swedish economy.
Our immigration lawyer in Sweden can offer detailed information on one of the most successful ways of permanently moving to this country, and that is by investment. It is also possible to obtain Swedish citizenship through other means.
Obtaining Swedish permanent residency by employment
Employment is one of the main ways through which EU, EEA, and non-EU/EEA citizens can relocate to Sweden and obtain permanent residency by living and working here for the required period of time. The procedure is slightly different for EU and non-EU, respectively EEA and non-EEA citizens, who want to obtain work visas that lead to permanent residence in this country, in the sense that the latter category must apply for the visa to enter Sweden from their home countries. In other words, they cannot be in Sweden at the time the application is submitted.
There are two ways of obtaining residency in Sweden at the level of 2021:
- the work permit;
- the employment visa.
Non-EU and non-EEA citizens must first obtain employment visas in order to be granted work permits that enable them to live and work in this country. Also, to obtain the work permit, a job offer is needed.
The following requirements apply when seeking to obtain permanent Swedish permanent residency in 2021:
- a valid passport;
- an employment offer that must meet specific regulations;
- to have a monthly salary of 13,000 SEK (approximately 1,400 euros);
- the employment offer must include health and life insurance, as well as social security.
With respect to the employment proposal, it must have been advertised for at least 10 days before any candidate is offered the position which must respect the conditions of other job offers presented on the labor market. However, these are conditions to be respected by the Swedish employer.
Other requirements imply for the foreigner to have a place to stay before entering Sweden (there are plenty of apartments or houses one can rent with the help of our lawyers prior to coming here).
We remind foreign citizens that an employment contract comes with a temporary residence permit and only if the person obtaining it lives in Sweden for the legal timeframe imposed will obtain permanent residency here.
If you have any questions on the Swedish permanent residency requirements for 2021, our immigration law firm is at your service with detailed information.
Obtaining Swedish permanent residency through investment in 2021
Businesspersons can immigrate to Sweden and apply for permanent residence through investment in 2021. This is one of the most advantageous ways of moving here as it enables a person to run his/her own business against a specific amount of money.
First of all, it should be noted this option is available for non-EU citizens who must know the following about it:
- the program addresses persons who have turned at least 18 years old;
- these must have clean criminal records and good morals;
- these must submit proof of the possibility of investing at least 100,000 euros (or the equivalent of SKE) in a project;
- applicants must also prove they have experience in running a business.
English language command is also mandatory.
With respect to the investment project, this must imply the registration of a company. For this purpose, a business plan can substantially increase the chances of obtaining a residence permit for Sweden.
One needs to live in Sweden for 5 consecutive years for being granted permanent residency.
Those interested in applying for Swedish permanent residency in 2021 can choose this program which is one of the most appreciated by foreign businesspersons. Our immigration lawyers are the service of those interested in relocating to this country by means of investment.
How long does it take to obtain permanent residency in Sweden?
Citizens of EU and non-EU countries must consider the following timeframes for obtaining permanent residence in Sweden:
- the usual timeframe for obtaining permanent residence in Sweden for EU citizens is 5 years;
- non-EU citizens can also apply for permanent residence after 5 years based on investor visas;
- non-EU students who have converted their student visas into employment ones can also apply for residence cards after 5 years;
- foreign citizens married to Swedish nationals and living here for 2 years can apply for residence permits after 3 years.
There are also other requirements to meet when applying for permanent residence in Sweden. Among these, those who stay here under work contracts must have a minimum monthly salary of approximately 1,300 euros. Those who want to obtain permanent residency based on investor visas are required to inject at least the equivalent of 100,000 euros into a business.
Rights associated with Swedish permanent residency
As a permanent resident in Sweden, a foreign citizen will obtain various rights. Among these, access to some of the most appreciated education and healthcare systems in Europe. Also, the right to work or have one’s own business comes with permanent residency in this country.
One of the most important rights obtained as a Swedish permanent resident is that you can bring family members to this country without complications. Also, after 10 years, one will be entitled to obtain Swedish citizenship.
Our immigration lawyers in Sweden are at the service of foreign citizens interested in applying for a residence permit. We also invite you to watch our video below:
Tailored immigration support
Our immigration law firm in Sweden is at the service of foreign citizens who want to move here, but also of those who already live here and seek to obtain permanent residency. We can assist with the verification and preparation of documents and their filing with the authorities in charge of the issuance of residency certificates. We can also offer support in matters of residence permit renewals with the purpose of extending one’s stay in Sweden.
If you need guidance in obtaining permanent residence, please contact our immigration lawyer in Sweden.