How to move to Sweden after Brexit
Now that Brexit has actually happened many Brits are asking how to move to Sweden after Brexit. Well nothing has changed until the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020 as British citizens have full EU rights until that point in time (the transition period may be extended beyond 31st December). So if you want to move to Sweden after Brexit then it’s still best to do so before the transition period expires, as things may get more complicated after the end of the transition period.
The UK government will be negotiating with the EU throughout 2020 to secure a deal that hopefully allows for minimum disruption to Brits that wish to work, live or travel to Sweden after Brexit. But you can bet on the whole process of moving to Sweden becoming a lot more complicated after the transition period.
Moving to Sweden
The advice of removals experts Advancemoves is to move to Sweden before the transition period expires although due to the ongoing worldwide corona virus outbreak this could prove impractical until later in the year. But a move to Sweden in the later part of this year would mean that any Brit will still have full EU rights. So settlement will be easier with less administration and requirements.
How to move to Sweden after Brexit
The Advancemoves team have a page on their website dedicated to providing helpful information on all aspects of moving to Sweden. Visit their Moving to Sweden page for more information on your move to Sweden after Brexit and useful links to other government sites giving further information and help. Advancemoves also have a very handy instant online removals quotes system, that allows the user to enter minimum move details and obtain an instant online removals quote for a move to Sweden or anywhere else in Europe or even the world. You can obtain a removal quote in just 30 seconds and then also receive up to 5 more accurate quotes from independent removal companies that cover your removal destinations. It really is that simple.
Once you have moved to Sweden you will need to obtain Swedish residency in order to be able to live in Sweden legally after the transition period expires. This is very important. If you don’t obtain residency then you may find yourself living in Sweden as an illegal immigrant.
There will be no change in residency rules or registration procedures if you arrive in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020. If you are resident in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay.
If you plan to live in Sweden for more than 1 year, you must register with the Swedish Population Register. The Swedish authorities will issue you an ID number (personnummer).
You can only register if you have a right of residence (uppehållsrätt) for a year or more and comprehensive travel insurance. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, you will automatically have this right if you can support yourself, either by work or by other independent means, or you are studying.
You will not be able to register if you are still looking for a job when you come to Sweden and or do not meet other requirements for residency.
If you’re planning to move as a dependent to a family member who lives in Sweden you must apply for a residence permit.
Read the Swedish government guidance on residency for UK nationals in Sweden on the Swedish Migration Agency website (Migrationsverket).
Other things to do
You will also need to change your driving license to a Swedish one and register onto the Swedish Healthcare system.
Driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Swedish Driving license
If you are a resident in Sweden, you should exchange your UK licence for a Swedish one. You can still use your Swedish licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK.
For more information on driving in Sweden, read:
- driving licence exchanges and renewals
- what you need to drive abroad
- road travel in Sweden
- taking a vehicle out of the UK
You must read the EU guidance on car registration and taxes in Sweden. You may be exempt from some of these taxes. If so, you will need certificates of exemption.
If you are living in Sweden or move there permanently before 31 December 2020, you’ll have life-long healthcare rights in Sweden as you do now, provided you remain resident.
Read the guidance on who can access healthcare in Sweden and how to register.
You can also find information on the Swedish Social Insurance Agency’s website (Försäkringskassan).
Moving to Sweden the easy way
If you are looking at moving to Sweden then start planning now and visit the advance moves website for more information and advice.
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