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Frequently asked questions about exten­ding tempo­rary resi­dence permits accor­ding to the tempo­rary law

  • When should I apply for an extension of my residence permit?

    You must apply for an extension before your residence permit expires, but no earlier than two months before the expiration date.

  • How do I apply for an extended residence permit?

    You can apply online or send your application in the post to the Swedish Migration Agency. You should not book an appointment to turn in your application.

    Read more about extending your residence permit

  • Do I need to book an appointment for a meeting with the Swedish Migration Agency in order to apply for an extension of my residence permit?

    No, you do not need to book a meeting with the Swedish Migration Agency. You can apply for an extension online or send your application in the post. 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.

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  • I want to apply for an extension by post. What address should I send my application to?

    Where you send your forms and appendices depends on where you live. Use your postal code to find out what address you should use.

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  • What happens if I submit my application for an extension after my current residence permit has expired?

    If you do not apply for an extension before your residence permit expires, you will not be allowed to work while you are awaiting a decision, and you will also risk losing certain benefits, such as establishment support, student grants or parental benefits.

  • How can I demonstrate that I still require protection and should therefore receive a continued residence permit in Sweden?

    In the application, you can mark that you are applying for an extension because you need protection, and you may also state if you have new reasons or the same reasons as before.

    If you have the same reasons for protection as before, you do not need to come to the Swedish Migration Agency. We look at your previous application and make an assessment of your need for protection based on what the situation looks like today.

  • How long does it take to receive a decision?

    The Swedish Migration Agency cannot say how long the processing time will be. But if you apply for an extension before your temporary residence permit expires, you have the right to stay in Sweden while you are waiting on a decision.

  • Does the Swedish Migration Agency pay for my transportation costs if I have to come in for an interview?

    No, the Swedish Migration Agency can only pay compensation for travel costs to those who are registered at one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s Reception Units and who have a valid LMA card.

  • I have been granted asylum, but my family member(s) has/have (a) residence permit(s) on the grounds of a connection to me. What must my family member(s) do in order to remain in Sweden?

    Both you and your family will apply for an extension in the same way. You will each receive a letter with a personal code that you are to use to apply online. In the application, each person marks why he or she wants to stay in Sweden. Several reasons can be chosen. In the application, it says which appendices you must send in.

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  • I have been granted a temporary residence permit because of enforcement obstacles and still cannot return to my homeland. What must I do in order to remain in Sweden?

    If you received a temporary residence permit due to temporary obstacles to enforcement after you applied for asylum, and you believe that you still cannot return to your home country, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit online or with form number 200011. In your application, you should mark why you want to stay in Sweden.

    We will read through your previous application and the documentation in your latest decision, and then we will contact you if we need to ask questions about why you want to stay in Sweden.

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  • Do I need to be able to support my family when we apply for an extension?

    The maintenance requirement is only applicable the first time that your family applies for permission to move to Sweden to join you here. If your family has already been granted residence permits through their connection to you, and are living with you in Sweden, there is no requirement for you to be able to support your family when they apply for an extension of their residence permits.

  • How long will my family’s residence permits last?

    Your family members will receive residence permits for the same time period as your own permit. If you have your residence permit extended by two years because you are still in need of protection, then they are also able to have their residence permits extended by two years. If you receive a permanent residence permit as an employee/self-employed person, your family will also receive permanent residence permits.

  • Do I have the right to family reunification if I receive a permanent residence permit as an employee/self-employed person?

    Yes, if you receive a permanent residence permit, your family has the right to apply for a residence permit through their connection to you. The first time your family applies for permission to immigrate and join you in Sweden, you may be subject to a maintenance requirement.

    Read more about the maintenance requirement

  • Do I have the right to family reunification if I receive protection as a beneficiary of subsidiary protection?

    Yes, with the change in the temporary law that began to apply on 20 July 2019, you have the possibility of reunification with your family if you are deemed to have a good chance of receiving a permanent residence permit.

    Read more about who has a right to family reunification

  • I have applied for an extension online. Where should I send my appendices?

    Where you send your forms and appendices depends on where you live. Use your postal code to find out what address you should use.

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  • I have a permit according to the new Upper Secondary School Act. How do I apply for an extension of my residence permit?

    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 a residence permit extension. In the application, you must mark that you want to apply for a residence permit extension because you are studying at an upper-secondary level.

    You also have to send in an individual study plan from your upper-secondary school, or the equivalent planning document if you are studying at municipal adult education (Komvux) or a folk high school.

    Read more about how to apply for a residence permit extension

  • How do I get a code so that I can apply for an extension online?

    The code is in the reminder letter that is sent to your registered address two months before your current permit expires.

    Read more about how to apply and where to send the form and appendices