Protection and asylum in Sweden

This is information for those who have sought asylum in Sweden. You can read more about what happens after you hand in an asylum application and when you have received your decision. This is also where you can find out more about your rights as an asylum seeker, in terms of work, housing, health and medical care and financial support.


  • Exemptions from passport requirements

    Following the amendment of the law on 20 July, the Swedish Migration Agency is now clarifying who must have a passport in order to be granted a residence permit. At the same time, the Swedish Migration Agency is reassessing the ability of Afghan citizens to obtain passports.

  • Permanent residence permits for children

    Since 20 July, new requirements apply for anyone who wants to apply for a permanent residence permit. The Swedish Migration Agency is currently receiving many questions on how these new requirements affect children’s possibilities of obtaining permanent residence permits.

  • New requirements for permanent residence permits

    Since 20 July, applicants for a permanent residence permit must fulfil new requirements. Among other things, you must be able to support yourself financially and are expected to live a law-abiding life. The new special requirements apply to everyone, regardless of the type of permit you already have.

  • Temporary halt to taking and enforcing decisions pertaining to Afghanistan

    In mid-July, the Swedish Migration Agency decided to halt enforcement decisions pertaining to Afghanistan. This means that no refusal of entry or deportation decisions will be made as long as the halt applies. The Swedish Migration Agency has also introduced a temporary halt of deportation decisions for Afghan cases.

  • Changes to the Aliens Act for most people applying for a residence permit or work permit

    Changes to the Aliens Act come into force as of today, 20 July. This means that anyone who applies for a residence or work permit in Sweden may be affected by the legislative changes.

  • Changed rules for family reuni­fi­ca­tion

    Changes to the Aliens Act come into force on 20 July. Among other things, more people will be entitled to family reunification and fewer will be subject to the maintenance requirement.

  • Swedish Upper Secondary School Act – what’s new?

    The temporary law will expire on 20 July. The rules on residence permits for studies at upper secondary level will then be moved from the temporary law to a separate law called the Upper Secondary School Act.