Information regarding the coronavirus

The spread of the coronavirus is a unique situation whose consequences for each individual person are very difficult to monitor. This of course applies to all of our applicants. The answers we have today are based on the current situation, but as more actions from countries around the world and Sweden are taken, it will have consequences for everyone.

The Swedish Migration Agency is monitoring the situation closely and continuously, and that means that we always need to consider what is reasonable or not in our examination of applications for residence permits.

All examinations of applications for residence permits are based on laws that the Swedish Migration Agency must comply with. These laws do not consider any extraordinary events, and in a situation like this the Swedish Migration Agency may have a dialogue with the legislators about the consequences that current legislation has based on the effects of the spread of the coronavirus.

Due to the coro­na­virus

In order to limit the spread of the coronavirus we have made some changes in our service:

  • Contact us primarily by email, telephone or through our e-services.
  • Our opening hours for telephone contacts and to visit our offices have changed. Check the hours here on our website before calling or visiting us.
  • A maximum of 50 persons at a time may visit our Service Centres and all play areas for children are closed.
  • The possibility to visit the detention centres is very limited.

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Ques­tions and answers regar­ding the coro­na­virus

Visiting Sweden

Yes. The Swedish Migration Agency has decided that visa applications to Sweden should, as a rule, be rejected. This is a result of the spread of the coronavirus and the Government’s ordinance to introduce a temporary entry ban to Sweden. The decision applies to people who are citizens of a country outside the EU. The decision will remain in effect as long as the Government’s decision on a temporary entry ban remains in effect or until further notice. In some exceptional cases, people may still be granted a visa.

No, the decision does not mean that visa services have stopped. However, the decision does mean that the majority of visa applications will be rejected with reference to the threat to public health.

If you are unable to return home within the validity of your visa or visa-free period due to cancellations or other means of communication, and no alternative travel can be booked on time, you can apply to extend your stay in Sweden and Schengen.

For extensions up to 90 days of total stay (visa-requirement only) an extension with a visa is made and it is free of charge. For stays that exceed 90 days, an extension with a residence permit is made.

Read more about applying to extend your stay in Sweden

It is important that you apply before your current permit or visa-free period expires. You can then remain in Sweden while we process your application.

Moving to someone in Sweden

The main rule is that if you want to live with someone in Sweden you must apply for a residence permit from your home country or the country that you have permission to live in. The residence permit must be ready before you enter Sweden. In certain cases you can be granted a residence permit without having to leave Sweden. This may apply if you already have another residence permit or if you have children or are pregnant.

Restrictions in different countries due to the coronavirus or the fact that certain countries are especially vulnerable do not affect the assessment that the residence permit must be ready before entry.

In most cases, you must visit a Swedish embassy or consulate-general for verification of documents, verbal interview and to be photographed and provide fingerprints for a residence permit card. A visit to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general can therefore not be replaced by a telephone interview.

No, the Swedish Migration Agency does not grant any visas to conduct the interview in Sweden. As an applicant you must follow the instructions from the local authorities and first consult the website of the relevant embassy/consulate-general to check the possibilities of conducting, for example, an interview. Via Sweden Abroadexternal link, opens in new window you can find the websites of the embassies/consulates-general.

The Swedish Migration Agency cannot influence decisions made by other countries regarding border controls. You should therefore contact the embassy and reschedule your appointment for a later date. Via Sweden Abroadexternal link, opens in new window you can find the websites and contact information of the embassies/consulates-general.

Studying in Sweden

The Swedish Migration Agency will decide whether the applicant has fulfilled the purpose of his/her permit. This means that you must have completed a number of credits during your last permit, 15 credits in the first academic year, 22.5 credits in the second academic year and 30 credits in the remaining academic year. If the person is granted an extension but is not able to return in time to continue their studies, the permit may be revoked. If you remain abroad before we make a decision and you cannot return in time to resume your studies, we may reject the application for an extension.

Working in Sweden

As a labour immigrant, you can work less time than planned, as long as your salary follows collective agreements and that you work to a sufficient extent to support yourself. The limit for a person being considered self-sufficient is SEK 13,000 per month before tax. Check with your employer and any trade unions about what conditions apply to your layoff.

Reducing the work hours does not affect the employee’s residence and work permit or the possibility of extension. The important thing is that the terms of employment are on par with those set by Swedish collective agreements or which are customary within the occupation or industry. In addition, the support requirement must be met. This means that employee must earn at least SEK 13,000. When the Migration Agency reviews whether these requirements are met, an overall assessment is made.

This may affect the possibility of extension. The Swedish Migration Agency makes an individual assessment in each case.

When you apply for an extended work permit, you will need to show that the terms of employment and the support requirement have been fulfilled during the entire time that you have worked in Sweden. It is important that you indicate in your application if you have been absent from your work and explain why you have been absent.

Yes, you have three months to find a new employment after your previous employment has ended. It is important that you apply for a new work permit within that time.

There are currently no specific rules covering the consequences of the coronavirus. Reducing the work hours does not affect the possibilities of keeping your work permit as long as the terms of employment are on par with those set by Swedish collective agreements or which are customary within the occupation or industry, and that the support requirement is fulfilled. That the support requirement is fulfilled means that you must earn at least SEK 13,000 per month. When the Migration Agency reviews whether these requirements are met, an overall assessment is made.

Protection and asylum in Sweden

In special cases, we can send the LMA card by mail. In some places it is possible to visit us during drop-in hours for questions about financial support.

On the page Visit us you will find information about opening hours

Yes, people can apply for asylum and their applications must be examined by law.

Other questions

According to legal requirements, an upper secondary level education must have been completed in order for a residence permit under this regulation (Section 17 of the Temporary Act) to be granted. This applies to applicants under the age of 25. For applicants who have reached the age of 25, a residence permit can be granted even if an upper secondary level education has not been completed. There is no special legal governance due to the effects of the spread of the coronavirus.

The Swedish Migration Agency does not grant any priority due to the current situation linked to the spread of the coronavirus.

It is too early to say whether and how waiting times and processing times may be affected by the spread of the coronavirus.

Yes, the Swedish Migration Agency will continue to process applications for residence permits and everything related to that work.

The Swedish Migration Agency will remain open in our service centres with some exceptions.

On the page Visit us you will find information about opening hours

The Swedish Migration Agency only works with voluntary return, and will continue to carry out the execution of deportations as far as possible. When transportation is down, our work is affected, however the agency has not stopped its work on returning.

The government has decided to impose a temporary entry ban to Sweden. See the the press releaseexternal link, opens in new window and Questions and Answersexternal link, opens in new window on the government's website for more information.

The Swedish Police Authority is the authority that, through the border police, assesses who is allowed to enter Sweden and who is not. See the the police website for more information.external link, opens in new window

Last updated: 2020-03-27

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