Extending a residence permit
If you have 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 previously applied for asylum and received a temporary residence permit on the grounds that
- you require protection
- you are studying at the upper secondary school level
- you have special or particularly deserving circumstances
- temporary impediments to enforcement have arisen.
The information also applies to your family members who came to Sweden because of their connection to you after you received your temporary residence permit.
Who can receive an extended residence permit?
If you have a temporary residence permit under the temporary law, you can obtain an extended residence permit if you
- still require protection
- can support yourself as an employed or self-employed person
- are studying at the upper secondary school level
- have a spouse/partner or a minor child who is a Swedish national or has a permanent residence permit
- have special or extraordinary circumstances (such as health reasons)
- are a family member of a person who is applying for an extended residence permit for any of the above 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 your application by post
Fill in form number 200011, Application for the Extension of a Residence Permit (Ansökan om förlängning av uppehållstillstånd, only available in Swedish). You can fill in the form on your computer before printing it, or print it first and fill it in by hand. If you do not have your own printer, you can get help with printing the form at the nearest library.
All family members must have their own form, including children. All family members who have a temporary residence permit must apply for an extension of their residence permit at the same time. This applies to both those who have previously applied for asylum, and those who came to Sweden later to reunite with family members who have applied for asylum and received a temporary residence permit.
Remember to sign your form. Legal guardians sign the children's forms.
Send forms and attachments to your nearest local office, or to the office to which it is easiest for you to travel if we need to meet with you. Please send the entire family's applications in the same envelope.
961 22 Boden
405 23 Göteborg
601 70 Norrköping
751 43 Uppsala
200 22 Malmö
171 27 Solna
What to submit with your application
What you should submit together with your application form depends on why you wish to continue living in Sweden. Because there may be several different reasons why you wish to remain in Sweden, you may submit multiple attachments. If you wish to remain in Sweden solely because you still require protection, please do not send any attachments.
If you are applying for a residence permit on the grounds of studies as the upper secondary level
- Individual study plan, or
- Planning document from Komvux or a folk high school
If you came to Sweden as a family member of a person who has applied for asylum and received a temporary residence permit
If you have previously applied for asylum but wish to remain in Sweden because you have a spouse/partner or a minor child who is a Swedish national or has a permanent residence permit
- Information about the relationship, form number 161011
- Copy of the pages of your passport showing your identity and the passport’s period of validity
If you are applying for an extended residence permit on the grounds that you are working
- Employment contract
- Information regarding maintenance, form number 202011 (only in Swedish)
If you are applying for a residence permit because of your state of health
After submitting your application
You will receive a letter confirming that the Swedish Migration Agency has received your application. Not everyone who has applied for an extended 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 with you to ask questions – for example if you have stated in your application that you have new reasons for asylum. We may also ask you to submit additional 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.