Questions and answers about the service Time to a decision

  • When is the time counted from?

    The time until the decision is counted from the day when an application was submitted to the Swedish Migration Agency, or to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.

  • I have already waited longer than the time stated here – what’s going on?

    The waiting time given on the website is non-specific, and only refers to how long it has taken for people with similar applications to receive a decision over the past three months. Unfortunately, it is not possible to state exactly how long your particular case will take.

  • What determines how long it will take to arrive at a decision?

    All applications are different, and therefore all of them take different amounts of time. Before a person can receive a decision, the Case Officer must, for example,

    • review the documents that have been sent in
    • perform certain checks with other national authorities
    • in some cases, ask questions about a particular document, or ask the person who is applying to provide additional documents.

    It can also depend on how long the applicant needs to wait in order to be able to come to the embassy for an interview.

  • My friend applied for a residence permit at the same time I did. He has already received a decision, and I am still waiting. Why?

    The processing time can vary, and two cases that are submitted at the same time can be settled on different dates. The reason is that the processing consists of several elements before a decision can be reached, and different elements take different amounts of time. One reason why a case can take a longer time than another is that the Swedish Migration Agency may need to request further information in one of the cases. Another reason is that the waiting time for an interview at the embassy can vary from country to country.

  • Will I get a decision quicker if I have already had a previous application processed by the Migration Agency?

    No, the processing time is mainly influenced by the number of applications waiting and the individual circumstances in each application.

  • Time to a decision showed another time now than when I applied. Which time is right?

    The time shown now is the one you should refer to. The time is based on how long people with similar applications, who have received a decision in the past three months, have waited.

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