Extending your permit if you are a long-term resident of the EU
If you are a long-term resident of the EU and would like to continue living in Sweden after your permit has expired, you should submit an application to extend your permit. You must apply for an extension before your existing permit has expired.
How to apply
You fill in the form Application for residence permit for persons who are long-term residents in another Member State and their family members, number 137011, and send this or hand it in to one of the Swedish Migration Agency's permit units. Apply at the earliest 30 days before your current permit expires.
You should enclose
- copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.
- a copy of your EC residence permit for long-term residents
- documents which show that you still meet the conditions for a residence permit. More information on which documents you should send in can be found on the application form.
When we have received your application
If you have submitted an application for an extension, you have the right to continue to live in Sweden until the Swedish Migration Agency have made their decision. You also have the right to keep working, as long as the application was submitted before your current permit expired.
If you travel abroad in connection with your permit expiring, it may be hard for you to get back into Sweden before you have been granted a new permit. In which case, you may need to wait outside of Sweden for the new decision.
If you are granted a residence permit you will be issued with a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains a photograph of you and your fingerprints. You should, therefore, visit the Swedish Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted as soon as possible. You need to do this, even if you have previously had a residence permit card. This is because the Swedish Migration Agency does not save your photograph or fingerprints. In order to be photographed and fingerprinted you will need to make an appointment.
After the decision has been made
The decision will be sent to your address. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your home within about a week.
When you have had a Swedish residence permit for five years you may be granted long-term resident status in Sweden. If you are granted this status, you will also be granted a permanent Swedish residence permit. Your permanent residence permit is valid for as long as you are resident in Sweden. Please note that it may affect your chances of being granted a permanent residence permit if you have not lived in Sweden for long periods. You may lose your permanent resident status in another EU country if you are away from the country for six years.
The Migration Agency may withdraw a permit
Your permanent residence permit can be withdrawn if you leave Sweden. If you notify the Swedish Migration Agency that you wish to retain your permanent residence permit, you can remain abroad for up to two years without your permit being affected.
If you have not returned to Sweden after two years the Migration Agency may withdraw your residence permit. The residence permit can also be withdrawn if you gave a false identity when you applied for the residence permit, or if you knowingly lied or failed to mention something that was significant for your residence permit.
How your family should apply
If you have family who live with you in Sweden, who also need to extend their permits, each family member will need to submit their own application. They fill in the form Application for residence permit for persons who are long-term residents in another Member State and their family members, number 137011, and send this or hand it in to one of the Swedish Migration Agency's permit units.
Your family should enclose
- copies of the pages in their passports which show their personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin.
Your family should visit the Swedish Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted for their residence permit cards as soon as possible. They need to do this, even if they have previously had residence permit cards. This is because the Swedish Migration Agency does not save photographs or fingerprints.
If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application
If you are not granted a residence permit, you may appeal the decision within three weeks of the day you received it.