Protection and asylum in Sweden

This is information for those who have sought asylum in Sweden. You can read more about what happens after you hand in an asylum application and when you have received your decision. This is also where you can find out more about your rights as an asylum-seeker, in terms of work, housing, health and medical care and financial support.

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  • 30 June 2014

    Apply to retain your permanent residence permit during extended travelling

    If you have a permanent residence permit and are planning to travel from Sweden and to be out of the country for a longer period, then, with effect from 1 July, you have to apply for permission to retain your residence permit.

  • 24 June 2014

    Jordan has closed its Syrian border

    Thousands of Syrians have been denied entry to Jordan. This means that many who are waiting to be reunited with their families in Sweden are unable to reach the Embassy in Amman to conduct their interviews or collect their residence cards.

  • 19 June 2014

    Armed conflict in four Iraqi provinces (updated)

    The Swedish Migration Board finds the latest developments in Iraq, where the jihadist group ISIS is advancing rapidly, very disconcerting.

  • 5 May 2014

    More people can receive long-term resident status in Sweden

    On 1 May, an amending Directive was being introduced which means that persons who have received a residence permit as a refugee and persons eligible for subsidiary protection may be covered by the Directive regarding long-term residents.