If you have decided to move back to your country of origin, in some cases you can apply for a grant for the return journey for you and your family. In some cases, it is possible to apply for a grant to move to a country other than your country of origin. In that case, you are required to present a decision or other document that certifies that you are allowed to take up residence there.
On this page, you will find information about who can apply for a grant to move home, how to apply, how much money you can get and how the grant is paid out.
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Who can apply for a travel grant
If you have been given a temporary or permanent residence permit in Sweden as a refugee, a person in need of alternative subsidiary protection, a quota refugee, or because of exceptionally distressing circumstances, you can apply for a grant. You cannot receive a grant if you have become a Swedish citizen or if you have a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive. Nor can you receive a grant if you have income or other financial assets that enable you to pay for your journey yourself.
In addition, you must be able to show that you:
- have a valid national passport. Documents issued by a Swedish authority (travel document or alien's passport) are not valid
- have a permit to live in a country other than your country of origin if that is the country you are planning to move to
- have an entry visa (if needed) for the countries you pass through during your journey home
- do not have any debts to the Swedish Enforcement Authority or the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN).
When you apply for a grant, you can also apply for a grant for your family. You can apply for a travel grant for your husband/wife and children under the age of 18 years. It is also possible to apply for a grant for other family members if they have been given a residence permit because of family ties to you. For example, this could be a child who is now an adult but is still living at home. You can only apply for a travel grant for your cohabiting partner if there are special grounds.
If you are given a travel grant
If you are given a travel grant to move to another country, your residence permit and any protection status declaration will be revoked once you have left Sweden.
How to apply for a travel grant
You apply for a travel grant by filling in the form “Application for a travel grant to leave Sweden and take up residence in another country”.
Send the application to:
903 03 Umeå
Other required documents
When you send in the application form, you should also enclose
- copies of pages in your passport showing the period of validity and your personal data. If your family are travelling with you, you should also enclose copies of their passports
- a copy of the final tax assessment from the Swedish Tax Agency for yourself and members of your family who are over the age of 18
- written consent. If you have joint custody and the children are leaving the country with a parent, then the parent remaining in Sweden must give their consent
- a copy of an agreement or payment plan if you have any debts
- a copy of a decision or similar document that shows you have the right to reside in the country you are moving to (if you are not moving back to your country of origin).
In addition to a grant for travel expenses, you can get a grant paid into your bank account. You can get maximum SEK 10,000 for each adult and maximum SEK 5,000 for each child under the age of 18 years. A family can get maximum SEK 40,000.
You can get a grant for travel by plane, train, bus or your own car. You cannot get a grant to visit your country of origin or to transport furniture.
How the grant is paid out
The grant will be paid into your bank account in conjunction with your outward journey.
Moving from Sweden
When the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision, you will be notified by post. Then you must go to your local tax office and report that you are leaving Sweden permanently. You must then send a copy of your notification of moving from Sweden to the Swedish Migration Agency. The Swedish Migration Agency will book the trip, send you the ticket and pay out the grant.
Notify us well in advance about the date you wish to travel so the trip can be booked accordingly. State the date you wish to travel in the application form. We will check the date with you later when we process your case.
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Frequently asked questions about repatriation
No, your grant will be paid out when you leave Sweden. If a family member stays behind, the grant for that person will be paid out when he/she leaves Sweden.
The Swedish Migration Agency will revoke your residence permit when you move to take up residence in another country.
If you have been granted protection status declaration as a refugee or a person in need of alternative subsidiary protection, it may be revoked when you apply for a grant to return to your country of origin. Normally, a person who voluntarily returns to take up residence in their country of origin cannot be considered to be in need of protection.
If you have protection status declaration, when the Swedish Migration Agency receives your application, a case will be initiated to revoke your protection status declaration. The Swedish Migration Agency will then send you a letter asking you if you have any objections to your protection status declaration being revoked. If you do not respond to that letter, the Swedish Migration Agency will assume that means you have no objection and your protection status declaration will be revoked.
You can apply for a residence permit again by submitting an application to your nearest Swedish consulate or embassy. You cannot enter Sweden until you have a valid residence permit. The fact that you previously received a travel grant from the Swedish Migration Agency will be of no significance when your case is examined.