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Posted by jorgebcrra
on 12 Sep 2019

Hi I'm from Mexico, married to an EU citizen. She got a job in Sweden but with a German contract.

1. Can she apply for permanent residence in Sweden? Therefore, getting benefits like maternity and health insurance?

2. Can I as the husband also apply for residence there? Should her company help during the process? 


Thanks in advance! 

Rianca on 13 Sep 2019


EU citizens have the right to work, study or live in Sweden without a residence permit. The right of EU citizens to stay in Sweden without a residence permit is called right of residence. Your wife will have right of residence if she is employed, self-employed, a student or have sufficient means to support herself. 

While your wife can move to Sweden without applying for any permit, it may be different for you. Anyone from outside the EU, needs to apply for a residence permit. You may be granted a residence permit if you are married to someone who now lives in Sweden. The family member in Sweden must be a Swedish citizen, have a permanent residence permit, a right of permanent residence, or a permanent residence card. 

Have a look at our guide on visas for Sweden. You could also consider phoning your nearest Swedish Embassy. They will definitely have the clearest answers for you guys. What are you planning on doing once in Sweden? 

Hope this helps! Rianca

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