Extending a residence permit under the temporary law
If you have previously applied for asylum or if you are a family member of someone who has previously applied for asylum and received a temporary residence permit under the temporary law, you must apply for an extension of your residence permit if you wish to remain in Sweden.
This information applies if you have a temporary residence permit under the temporary law because
- you require protection
- you are studying at upper secondary school level
- you have particularly or exceptionally distressing circumstances
- there are temporary impediments to enforcement
- you are a family member of someone who has been given a residence permit on grounds of protection (asylum)
Each person in the family needs to apply for an extended residence permit
If you are applying by post for extended residence permits for the whole of your family, it is important that you fill in a form for each family member –including the children.
A family that consists of a mother, father and three children needs to fill in five copies of the form Application for extension of residence permit (in Swedish) and send it to the Swedish Migration Agency. One for the mother, one for the father and one for each child. You can send the family’s completed forms and any appendices in the same envelope.
Apply on the website
To apply on the website, you will need a personal code which will be sent to you in a letter from the Swedish Migration Agency three months before your residence permit expires. You will also need the reference number stated on decisions and letters sent to you by the Swedish Migration Agency.
Some must apply by post
Unfortunately, we cannot give you a code for the online application if your current residence permit expires before 1 October 2019. Instead, you must submit your application for an extension by post. If your current permit expires on the 1 October or later you will receive a letter with a code.
Any attachments you want to submit must be posted to the Swedish Migration Agency. If you are applying online for an extended residence permit, this also applies to you. What you must submit depends on why you wish to continue living in Sweden. Since there may be several different reasons why you wish to remain in Sweden, you can submit several attachments. You will find more information under each heading.
You can apply for extension of your residence permit if you
- require protection
- can support yourself as an employed or self-employed person in Sweden
- are a family member of a person living in Sweden
- are studying at upper secondary school level
- need to remain in Sweden for health reasons.
Apply before your residence permit expires
It is important that you apply for an extension before your temporary residence permit expires, but not earlier than three months before the expiration date. If you do not apply for an extension before your residence permit expires, then you may not work while you await a decision. You also risk losing certain benefits, such as establishment support, study grants or parental benefits.
Send forms and appendices by post
Send forms and appendices to the office that is closest to where you live, or the easiest for you to travel to if you need to meet you.
961 22 Boden
405 23 Göteborg
751 43 Uppsala
200 22 Malmö
171 27 Solna
After submitting your application
After one week, you will receive a letter with a confirmation that the Swedish Migration Agency has received your application. Not everyone who applies for an extension of their residence permit needs to visit the Swedish Migration Agency for an interview. We will contact you if we need more information. It may happen that we need to meet you to ask questions, for example if you have stated in your application that you have new reasons for applying for asylum. We may also ask you to send in supplemental information by letter.
After the decision is made
Once the Swedish Migration Agency Service has made a decision, we will send you a letter. We usually use so-called “simplified notification”, which means that we send the decision by mail to your registered address. In certain cases you will receive a summons asking you to come to the Swedish Migration Agency so that a case officer can talk to you about the decision.
If your application is rejected, your decision will include information about how you can lodge an appeal against the decision of the Swedish Migration Agency.
If you receive an extended residence permit, you will need a new residence permit card. In that case, you will need to book an appointment to provide fingerprints and be photographed so that the Swedish Migration Agency can produce a new residence permit card for you. Book an appointment for each family member who needs a new residence permit card.
If you do not apply online
Complete the form Application for extension of residence permit, form number 200011 (only available in Swedish). You can complete the form on a computer before you print it out, or print it out first and complete it by hand. If you do not have your own printer, you can get help to print the form out at the nearest library.
All family members must have their own form, even children. All family members who have temporary residence permits must apply for an extension of their residence permit at the same time. This applies both to those who applied for asylum and those who came to Sweden later to be reunited with family members who applied for asylum and received a temporary residence permit.
Remember to sign your form. Guardians sign the children’s forms.
Send forms and appendices to the office that is closest to where you live, or the easiest for you to travel to if you need to meet you. Preferably send the entire family’s applications in the same envelope.