The application period for residence status has been extended to 31 December 2021

British citizens and their family members will be given an additional three months to apply for residence status. The Swedish Government has decided to keep the application period open until the end of the year.

The reason for the decision to extend the application period is that the Government considers that there may be British citizens who both meet the conditions for residence status and want to stay in Sweden but who, for various reasons, have not yet submitted an application.

“This decision gives British citizens and their family members three more months to legalise their stay in Sweden through residence status. It also means that they will have the right to continue living, working and studying here until 31 December 2021, even if they do not intend to apply for residence status,” says Ylwa Kallenbäck, Project Manager at the Swedish Migration Agency.

Of the estimated approximately 17,000 people who was residing in Sweden at the end of 2020 (which is one of the conditions for applying for residence status), around 11,000 people have so far applied for this type of right of residence.

“Many British citizens have obtained Swedish citizenship in recent years and secured the right to stay permanently in Sweden through that. According to the Swedish Migration Agency’s calculations, at the beginning of September there were about 1,000 Britons and their family members who have not yet legalised their future stay in Sweden in any way,” says Ylwa Kallenbäck.

Although the timeframe for the application has now been extended, the Swedish Migration Agency recommends that those who have not yet applied for residence status should not wait longer than necessary to submit their application, especially in cases where a decision on residence status is needed by a certain date.

British citizens who have a permanent residence permit or Swedish citizenship also have the right to apply for residence status but do not have to do so because they have already legalised their stay in the country. Those who have not secured the right to stay permanently in Sweden in any of these ways need to apply for residence status if they want to continue living, working and studying in Sweden after 31 December 2021.

European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund