Questions about limitations in the Reception of Asylum Seekers Act (LMA)

  • What does the change to the Swedish Reception of Asylum Seekers’ Act (LMA) involve?

    The change to the Swedish Reception of Asylum Seekers’ Act (LMA) means that you will lose your right to assistance if you have received a decision on refusal of entry or deportation and the decision can no longer be appealed, or if the period of voluntary return has ended. This means, for example, that you will lose your right to a daily allowance and your right to stay at asylum accommodation paid for by the Swedish Migration Agency.

  • Who is affected by the change to LMA?

    To be affected by the change to the law, you must

    • have received a decision on refusal of entry or deportation that can no longer be appealed or a decision on refusal of entry or deportation for which the period of voluntary return has ended
    • be at least 18 years old
    • not be living with children under 18 years old for whom you are a guardian.
  • Can I get back my right to assistance after the decision on my case can no longer be appealed?

    You can get the right to assistance again if the Swedish Migration Agency or a court grants you a new examination of your case or decides to suspend your refusal of entry or deportation temporarily, known as a stay of enforcement. Once you have found out that such a decision has been made, you must notify the Swedish Migration Agency if you want to receive assistance again. Contact the Swedish Migration Agency for more information.

  • How long can I stay at the Swedish Migration Agency’s accommodation?

    You can stay at the Swedish Migration Agency’s accommodation until a decision on refusal of entry or deportation can no longer be appealed. If you receive a decision on a period of voluntary return, you are entitled to remain at the Swedish Migration Agency’s accommodation until the period ceases to apply or is cancelled.

  • Where should I go if I cannot stay at the Swedish Migration Agency’s accommodation?

    When your decision on refusal of entry or deportation can no longer be appealed or if your period of voluntary return has ceased to apply, you must leave Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency or the police will help you with the practical arrangements in connection with returning home.

  • What happens if I refuse to leave my accommodation?

    If you refuse to leave your accommodation, you will be removed by force because you are no longer entitled to a place at the Swedish Migration Agency’s accommodation. Refusing to leave accommodation can be a crime.

  • The Swedish Migration Agency cancelled my period of voluntary return and gave me a two year re-entry ban. When must I leave my accommodation?

    When the period of voluntary return has been cancelled, you must leave your accommodation immediately.

  • There is space for me to stay at the Swedish Migration Agency’s accommodation. The people who work at the accommodation have said that it is OK. May I remain?

    No, you may not. The Swedish Migration Agency decides who has the right to assistance and can therefore remain at the accommodation.

  • Will I get help with returning home?

    If you cooperate, the Swedish Migration Agency can help you with the practical arrangements in connection with returning home. If you cannot pay to return home yourself, the Swedish Migration Agency can help you with a ticket. If it is the police who deal with your case, the police are responsible for the practical arrangements in connection with returning home.

  • I no longer have the right to assistance. Can I use my LMA card to go to the district health care centre and obtain prescription medicines?

    No, you must hand in your LMA card when the right to assistance ends.

  • I need care and medicine. Can I get help with money to pay for this?

    You have the right to care and medicine even if you do not have permission to be in Sweden if a doctor or a dentist believes that you need care that cannot wait. Contact the health care services if you need help or information.

    The Swedish Migration Agency will not give you money for care or medicine if you do not have the right to assistance. Nor can you use your LMA card to get cheaper medicine or doctor’s visits.

    More information is available from 1177 Vårdguidenexternal link, opens in new window

  • I am an unaccompanied child and I have a deportation decision that can no longer be appealed. What happens when I reach the age of 18?

    If you have a decision on deportation that can no longer be appealed and your period of voluntary return has ended, you will lose your right to assistance when you reach the age of 18 and you must then leave the country.

  • I am an unaccompanied child and I am living together with my older relative. My older relative has lost the right to assistance. What will happen to me if I cannot live with my older relative?

    If you can no longer live with your older relative, social services in the municipality where you live will help you with your accommodation.

  • My child will reach the age of 18 in three months. We have a decision on refusal of entry or deportation that can no longer be appealed and the period of voluntary return has ended. Will we no longer have the right to assistance when my child reaches the age of 18?

    You will no longer have the right to assistance when your child reaches the age of 18.

  • What will happen to my work placement when I no longer have the right to assistance?

    You will be unable to continue with your work placement once your right to assistance ends.

  • I have AT-UND and I work. Can I continue to work when I no longer have the right to assistance?

    You will keep your AT-UND as long as you cooperate to leave the country. If you do not cooperate to leave the country, your AT-UND will no longer apply.