Questions and answers 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 three 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 how to apply for an extended 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.

    Read more about how to apply for an extension of your residence permit

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

    You should send it to the address closest to where you live or the place that is easiest to get to from where you live. Here are the addresses:

    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

  • 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.

    If your current residence permit expires before 1 October, you will not receive any code to apply online. Instead, you must each complete an application form and send it in by post to the Swedish Migration Agency.

    Read more about how to apply for a residence permit extension

  • 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.

    Read more about how to apply for an extension

  • 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.

  • What is required to receive a permanent residence permit on the basis of employment or self-employment?

    To be able to receive a permanent residence permit as an employed or self-employed person, it is necessary that you have temporary residence permit under the temporary law, you are at least 25 years old, or can demonstrate that

    • you have completed an upper secondary-level education in Sweden, or have equivalent foreign education
    • you have sufficiently high income to support yourself through employment or your own business (you can combine incomes from different jobs and/or businesses you own)
    • your wages, insurance coverage and additional terms of employment are no worse than the terms laid down by Swedish collective agreements, or than what is normal practice in your occupation or industry
    • your employment is not subsidized with any form of government grant (as with e.g. an entry recruitment job)
    • your employment is long-term, i.e. you have permanent employment or an employment contract lasting at least two years
    • your employer has reported your employment to the Swedish Tax Agency
    • your employment began no later than the final day of your temporary residence permit (a promise of employment or a signed employment contract is not sufficient)
    • you have the necessary permits, and any necessary licenses or credentials for practicing your occupation (e.g. a medical license or a taxi driver’s license).

    Read more about permanent residence as an employed or self-employed person.

  • 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 in the context of family reunification

  • 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?

    You should send it to the address closest to where you live or the place that is easiest to get to from where you live. Here are the addresses:

    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

  • 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 three months before your current permit expires.

    If you have already received a reminder letter that did not contain any code for an online application, you must send in your application by post. Use form number 200011, Application for extension of residence permit.

    If your residence permit expires before 1 October, you cannot receive a code for an online application. Then you must send in your application to the Swedish Migration Agency by post.

    If your current residence permit expires on 1 October or later and there is less than three months left on the permit, but you have not received a reminder letter, you can contact the Swedish Migration Agency to get a new letter.

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

  • My residence permit will expire soon and I want to apply for an extension online, but I have not received any code. How do I get a code?

    If your residence permit expires before 1 October, you cannot get a code to apply online for an extension. Then you must send in your application to the Swedish Migration Agency by post.

    If your residence permit expires on 1 October or later, you will receive a letter with a personal code. The letter is sent to your registered address three months before your current residence permit expires.

  • My residence permit will expire soon. I have received a letter that says that I have to book an appointment to turn in an application, but the Swedish Migration Agency website says that an appointment can no longer be booked. What should I do?

    You have to send in your application for an extension by post. Use form number 200011, Application for extension of residence permit.

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

  • My residence permit will expire before 1 October. Why can’t I get a code for an online application?

    Every night, codes are automatically created for the people who at that time have exactly three months left on their residence permit. The next day, we send out letters to these people with their codes.

    This system began on 1 July when we opened the new online application. This means that it is only the people whose residence permit expires on 1 October or later who receive codes. Unfortunately, it is not possible to create codes for people whose permits will expire before 1 October.

    If your residence permit expires before 1 October, you have to send your application by post.

    Read more about how to send in your application by post

  • How can I prove that my employer reported my employment to the Swedish Tax Agency in time?

    You have to send in your certificate of employment and the form “Uppgifter om försörjning” (Information about means of support) along with your application. On the form you have to say whether your employer has sent a report to the Swedish Tax Agency. You do not have to send in a certificate from the Swedish Tax Agency to show that your employer has reported your employment. The Swedish Migration Agency contacts the Swedish Tax Agency to see that your employer has reported your employment in time.

    Uppgifter om försörjning, form number 202011 (in Swedish)PDF

    Read about what is required to be given an extended residence permit as an employee

  • I want to apply for a permanent residence permit because I am able to support myself. I am both an employee and have my own business , but I do not earn that much from my company. Do I have to cross the boxes for both employee and own company on the form about my ability to support myself ?

    If you meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit through your employment, you do not need to tell us anything about your business in your application. But if you are uncertain about whether you earn enough through your employment, you can tell us about both your employment and your business. The Migration Agency will then add up the income from your employment and your business. We will first look to see whether you meet all the requirements through your employment. If the income from your employment is enough to be given a permanent residence permit, we stop there and do not need to examine your business. If you are given a permanent residence permit, you have the right both to work and to run your own business.

    Read about what is required to be given an extended residence permit as an employee