After a decision for those who have status as long-term residents in the EU

The decision will be sent to your address in Sweden. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your home within about one week.

As an employee or self-employed person, or if you have sufficient means to support yourself, you can receive a permit for at most five years. If you are a student, you will receive a permit for the time that your studies last, although for no more than one year at a time.

If you plan to continue living in Sweden after your permit has expired, you should submit an application for extension of your permit. You should apply for an extension before your previous permit runs out.

Read more about extending your permit

When you have had a residence permit for five years, you can obtain status as a long-term resident in Sweden. If you meet the requirements for this, you will also receive a permanent residence permit. Your permanent residence permit is valid for as long as you reside in Sweden. Keep in mind that, if you did not live in Sweden for longer periods during the time of the permit, this can affect your ability to obtain a permanent residence permit. You can lose your status as a long-term resident in another EU country if you are absent from that country for six years.

Read more about long-term resident status in Sweden

The Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

The residence permit can be withdrawn if, in your application, you provided incorrect information or did not mention something that was significant in regards to your residence permit. The permit can also be withdrawn if the requirements for the permit are no longer met.

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date when you were informed of the decision. Information on how to lodge an appeal can be found in your decision.

Read more about what happens if you are in Sweden and the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

Information for persons arriving in Sweden with a residence permit

Do not forget to save your residence permit decision. It will be useful when contacting various national authorities and organisations.

To register as living in Sweden and obtain a Swedish personal identity number, contact the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket.external link, opens in new window

To be registered in the social insurance system, contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Försäkringskassan.external link, opens in new window

For questions about healthcare, contact the County Council or region where you live. Find the right health care at 1177 Vårdguiden.external link, opens in new window

For questions about learning Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), contact the municipality you live in. See also the website of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.external link, opens in new window

If you are looking for a job you can register with the Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.external link, opens in new window

For information about studying at colleges or universities, see Universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window or studera.nu.external link, opens in new window

For questions about student loans and grants, contact CSN.external link, opens in new window

For questions concerning driving licenses, visit the Swedish Transport Agency.external link, opens in new window

For questions about the right to vote, contact the Election Authority, Valmyndigheten.external link, opens in new window

Information from the Swedish National Agency for Education about the Swedish education system can be found at www.omsvenskaskolan.se.external link, opens in new window

Information about society in Sweden can be found in a number of languages at informationsverige.se.external link, opens in new window

For more information on society in Sweden visit the website of the Swedish Institute.external link, opens in new window

You can find links to websites where you can study and practice Swedish at the Digitala spåret website.external link, opens in new window

UR Nyanländexternal link, opens in new window is a series of programmes about your rights and duties in Sweden.

The information service at the Swedish Consumer Agencyexternal link, opens in new window can answer your questions about buying goods and services and about contract terms and conditions.

Last updated: 2017-12-22

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