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 (asylum)
- 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).
Apply on the website
To apply on the website, you will need a personal code. The code will be sent to you in a letter from the Swedish Migration Agency three months before your residence permit expires.
The Swedish Migration Agency sends the code to your officially registered address in the population registry. You must therefore remember to notify the Swedish Tax Agency if you change your home address. You will also need the case number stated on decisions and letters sent to you by the Swedish Migration Agency.
Some must apply by post
If your permit expires before 1 October 2019, unfortunately you cannot get a code to apply online. You must instead send in your application to the Swedish Migration Agency through the post. Remember to send in an application form for each family member.
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 it expires.
If several of your family members have permits that expire around the same time, you should apply for extensions at the same time. If you apply through the post, you must complete one application form for each family member and post them to the Swedish Migration Agency in the same envelope.
If you do not apply for an extension before your residence permit expires, you may not work while you are waiting on a decision. You also risk losing certain benefits, such as establishment support, study allowance or parental benefits.
In your application, you state why you want to apply for a residence permit extension. In order for your application to be complete, in many cases you must send in appendices, in other words additional forms or documents that show that you meet the requirements. Which appendices you must send in depends on why you want to stay in Sweden. Since there may be several different reasons why you wish to remain in Sweden, you can submit several appendices. The appendices must be sent to the Swedish Migration Agency in the post. This also applies to you if you apply for a residence permit extension online. It takes more time to process your application if we have to remind you to send in your appendices.
You can apply for an extension of your residence permit if
- you require protection (asylum)
- you can financially support yourself as an employee or self-employed person in Sweden
- you are a family member of a person living in Sweden
- you are studying at the upper secondary school level
- you need to remain in Sweden for health reasons.
Click on the headings to read more about what appendices you need to send in depending on what reasons you have.
Send forms and appendices by post
Where you send your forms and appendices depends on where you live. Use your postal code to find out what address you should use.
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 a residence permit extension 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 has been made
Once the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision, we send a letter home to you. We most often use so-called simplified notification, which means that we send the decision home to you. In some cases, you receive a summons where we ask you to come to a meeting at the Swedish Migration Agency so that a case officer can tell you about the decision.
In order to send letters and summons home to you, the Swedish Migration Agency primarily uses your officially registered address, which we get from the Swedish Tax Agency. Therefore it is important that you notify the Swedish Tax Agency if you move. The Swedish Migration Agency cannot change your registered address.
If you are granted a residence permit extension, you need a new residence permit card. Then you need to book an appointment to provide fingerprints and be photographed so that the Swedish Migration Agency can make a new residence permit card for you. Book an appointment for every family member who needs a new residence permit card.
The decision most often includes two parts. In the first part, the Swedish Migration Agency determines if you need protection and why (if you have stated in your application that you need protection). If the Swedish Migration Agency deems that you need protection, you receive a declaration of status as a person in need of protection, either as a refugee or as a person in need of subsidiary protection. The second part of the decision says if you have a right to a residence permit and how long it should be.
If you do not agree with the decision, you can submit an appeal. You can appeal if you do not get a residence permit, or if you do not receive the protective status declaration you want. You cannot appeal that you receive a temporary residence permit.
Permits of different lengths
How long a permit you are granted depends on several different things. The most common is that you receive a new temporary residence permit that is valid for two or three years. How long your permit is depends on if you have refugee status (three years) or status as a person in need of subsidiary protection (two years). If you are a family member of a person who came to Sweden as an asylum seeker, you are usually granted a residence permit for just as long as the one this person is granted. In some cases, the length of the permit may be shorter if you have committed a crime.
If you are studying at the upper-secondary level, you can get a residence permit with a longer period of validity if you need it to finish your education. You can also receive a shorter permit if you have a permit on the basis of studies at the upper-secondary level, and you have less than two years left in your upper-secondary education. After completing your education, you may have a right to a residence permit for up to six months to seek employment.
If you show that you can financially support yourself as an employee or self-employed person, you can get a permanent residence permit. This also applies to your family members who have permits as your relatives and who apply for an extension together with you.
Stateless persons who are born in Sweden and have a residence permit under the temporary law may under certain circumstances be granted a permanent residence permit. It is required that you are stateless since birth, that you have not yet turned 21 and that you have lived in Sweden a certain amount of time.
If you do not apply online
If you cannot 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.