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

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

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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If you received a temporary residence permit due to temporary impediments 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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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If you have a permit according to the so-called new law on upper secondary level studies, 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.

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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

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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Last updated: 2020-07-07

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