Family reunification means that a family that has been split up can apply to be allowed to live together in Sweden with the person who has been granted a permanent residence permit, EU citizenship or a three-year residence permit as a refugee.
EU Citizen Family Members
As a family member of an EU/EEA citizen exercising their right of free movement,you can get a visa through a facilitated process to travel with your family member or to join him/her in Sweden.
Family members are:
Spouse/partner/common law spouse
The direct descendants (children) who are under the age of 21 or are dependents, and those of the spouse or partner.
The dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g. parents) and those of the spouse or partner.
You can apply for a short-stay Schengen visa (type C) which will permit you to enter Sweden and the Schengen area.
Once in Sweden you should apply for a residence card for a family member of a EU/EEA citizen within three months for a Residence Card of a family member of a EU/EEA citizen.
Family Reunification for Refugees
If a person receives a permanent residence permit as a refugee or as an individual who needs subsidiary protection, then you may have the right to invite your family to that country. Family reunification is a step towards the settlement of refugees to live with their families.
The person who wants to invite his family to the country he is residing should have enough income resources to provide financial support to the family and a standard house to live in.
The possibilities for your family to live with you in Sweden if you have a temporary residence as a refugee or as a person needing subsidiary protection is governed by different things. Some of the important points regarding residence permits are listed below:
Valid Residence Permit
Permanent Residence Permit
Once the above-mentioned procedure is done and you have a fair chance for receiving the permanent residency status in Sweden, then the application of your family is checked for further requirements.
Who can move with you?
Only your immediate family members can move with you if you have a temporary residence permit. Your immediate family members mean your spouse, children under the age of 18, registered partners, and cohabiting partners. Other family members and children who are above 18 are not eligible to move to Sweden or the EU on your behalf while you have a temporary residence permit. If you are under the age of 18, then your parents are counted as your immediate family members.
In case you have a permanent residence permit or you are planning to get married to a person in Sweden, then that person can apply on your behalf for the residence permit. Persons other than your immediate family members like parents or siblings can also move to Sweden with you.