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.

Example:

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.

You require protection

If you want to stay in Sweden because you require protection, you must state if you have the same reasons as before or if you have new reasons that you have not told us about.

If you have the same reasons for needing protection as before, you do not need to tell us about them again. The Swedish Migration Agency is aware of the reasons you gave before.

New reasons for protection may be, for example, that something happened after you applied for asylum, something that you have not told the Swedish Migration Agency or the court. If you say that you have new reasons, we will contact you to find out more about why you need protection.

Read about who can be granted asylum in Sweden

You can financially support yourself as an employee or self-employed person in Sweden

If you can financially support yourself as an employee or self-employed person, you may be granted a permanent residence permit. In order to do so you must meet all of the requirements. If you do not meet all of the requirements, you may be granted a residence permit extension for other reasons that you provide in your application.

You must send in

If you are employed, you must also send in your employment contract. It says on the form what other appendices you may need to send in.

Read what is required to be granted a permanent residence permit because you can financially support yourself as an employee

Read what is required to be granted a permanent residence permit because you can financially support yourself as a self-employed person

You are a family member of a person living in Sweden

When the whole family has to apply for extended residence permits, you need to send the applications to the Swedish Migration Agency. If log-on information has been sent to you at home, you can apply online, but if you are going to send in your applications by post, you use this form:

Application for extension of residence permi (in Swedish)PDF

If you have a residence permit because you are the spouse or cohabiting partner[IA1] of a person with a temporary residence permit under the temporary law, you can [IA2] be granted an extension of your residence permit if you are still living together. When we process your application, we will check that you are registered at the same address.

So you must send in the appendix

You have to complete the form together and you both have to sign it.

You do not need to send in this form for children under the age of 18.

You can also apply for an extension of your residence permit because you have a new family relationship. This applies to you both if you have had a residence permit in Sweden up to now because you have grounds for protection and if you have had a residence permit in Sweden up to now on grounds of family ties with a person in Sweden.

A new family relationship means that you have met someone that you plan to marry or to live with as your cohabiting partner in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency therefore needs to know more about that person and about your relationship, and this is why you have to send in these appendices:

It is the person you want to live with who must complete the questionnaire.

Read more about what is required to be granted a residence permit as a family member

(Note that you may not use any of the online applications that are on the pages under the heading “Moving to someone in Sweden”.)

If you are applying by post: One application per family member

If you want extended residence permits for the whole of your family and are going to send in your application by post, fill in separate application forms for each member of the family –including the children.

Example:

The Aziz family consists of the mother, the father and three children, and they are going to apply for extended residence permits in Sweden. The family has the same grounds for protection as before.

The family does not have log-on codes, so it cannot apply through the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. Instead, the family is going to submit its applications by sending them by post to the Swedish Migration Agency.

Here is what the family has to do.

  • Print out five copies of form 200011PDF, one for each family member. And fill them in.
  • Mother Aziz fills in the appendix Assurance of cohabitation, form number 242011B. Both Mother and Father Aziz sign it.
  • Mother Aziz puts all the family members’ forms and the appendix in an envelope and sends it to one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s offices. The addresses are given on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website and on the form itself.

You are studying at upper secondary school level

If you have a residence permit for studies at upper secondary level, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit. This applies to you if you have a longer residence permit because you are studying at upper secondary level at the same time that you have other reasons, or if you have a 13-month long residence permit to study at an introductory programme. This also applies to you if you have a residence permit according to Section 16 f of the temporary law (the so-called new Upper Secondary School Act).

If you have a permit according to the so-called new Upper Secondary School Act, you have to show that you have begun your studies before your current permit expires in order to apply for an extension of your residence permit for studies at upper secondary level. In the application, you must mark that you want to apply for an extension of your residence permit because you are studying at upper secondary level.

If you also have other reasons for a residence permit, and received a longer permit because you are studying at the upper secondary level, you can apply for an extension if you do not have time to complete your education. You can state several reasons at the same time.

If you do not have a residence permit for studies at upper secondary level, but have begun studying during your time in Sweden you can also choose this alternative when you apply for an extension of your residence permit. You may then have the right to a longer residence permit so that you will have the possibility to complete your education. You can state both requiring protection and upper secondary studies as reasons for why you want to stay in Sweden.

If you apply for a residence permit on the grounds of studies at upper secondary level, you must send in appendices that show that you are studying. You get these documents from your school.

You must send in

  • an individual study plan, or
  • programme planning documents from municipal adult education (Komvux) or a folk high school

Once you finish your studies, you may have the right to a residence permit for up to six months after completing the education in order to seek employment. In order to get this, you must send in documents from your school that show that you have finished, or will finish, your education.

Read what is required to be granted a residence permit on the upper secondary level

You need to remain in Sweden for health reasons

In exceptional cases, asylum seekers may be granted a residence permit although they do not need protection from persecution. This requires extraordinary circumstances, which means that a decision to deny a residence permit would conflict with Sweden’s international commitments. This may, for example, involve people with particularly serious health conditions. 

If you apply for a residence permit on the basis of your health, you must send in 

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.

Boden

Migrationsverket
Asylprövningsenheten
Box 103
961 22 Boden

Gothenburg

Migrationsverket
Box 1087
405 23 Göteborg

Uppsala

Migrationsverket
Asylprövningsenheten
Box 1323
751 43 Uppsala

Malmö

Migrationsverket
Ansökningsenhet 2
Box 3147
200 22 Malmö

Stockholm

Migrationsverket
Fördelningsenhet 1
Box 1430
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.

Read more about simplified notification

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.

Book an appointment

Read more about residence permit cards

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.

Ansökan om förlängning av uppehållstillstånd (Application for extension of residence permit), form number 200011 (only in Swedish)PDF

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.

Addresses are under the heading Send forms and appendices by post

Last updated: 2019-08-19

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