New requirements for permanent residence permits for employees and their families

Changes to the Aliens Act come into force on 20 July. Those who are going to apply or have already applied for a permanent residence permit will be affected by the changes.

The changed requirements for permanent residence permits mean that a person applying for a permanent residence permit in Sweden must

  • have held a residence permit for at least three years. For an employee, it is a requirement that she or he must have held a work permit for a total of four of the last seven years
  • be able to support him- or herself financially
  • be expected to live an orderly life.

In most cases, in order to be granted a permanent residence permit, an employee must meet the requirements for an extended work permit and the new requirements for a permanent residence permit.

The application for a permanent residence permit is made in connection with the application for an extended work permit.

Family

Family members are also affected by the new rules. In order to be granted a permanent residence permit, each family member must also meet the requirements, which means that family members aged 18 and over must be able to support themselves financially.

Before the Swedish Migration Agency examines the family’s application, we decide whether the employee meets the requirements for a permanent residence permit. We then examine whether the family meets the requirements for a temporary residence permit linked to a person with a permanent residence permit. This means that the employee must meet a maintenance requirement. This means that the employee must show that his or her income is sufficient to financially support the whole family, and that he or she has a home of sufficient size and standard for them to live in.

For anyone who has already applied

If an employee has already submitted an application for an extended work permit and also meets the requirements for being granted a permanent residence permit, the Swedish Migration Agency will contact the employee and his or her family if any additional information is required in the application. The employee does not therefore need to contact the Swedish Migration Agency.

Read more about what applies for the employee and his or her family