Questions and answers on residence permits for upper secondary school education

Questions and answers on the law relating to upper secondary school education – in general
  • How long will the law be valid?

    The new law is valid from June 1, 2017. The law will be valid for as long as the law (2016:752) on temporary limitations for granting residence permits for Sweden is valid, that is, until July 19, 2019.

    On July 20, 2019 a new law enters into force with similar provisions, relating to, among others, persons who have had a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school. More information about this legislation will be given later on.

  • What is required for me to be given a residence permit for upper secondary education studies?

    There are many factors that affect whether you may get a residence permit for upper secondary education studies. The rules are different for asylum seekers and for people with a temporary residence permit that they wish to extend. The rules also vary depending on whether you are an unaccompanied minor, whether you are studying on a national program or on an induction program, and, in some cases, when your first application for asylum is received.

  • How long can I get a residence permit for if I study at an upper secondary school?

    The duration of the residence permit depends on, among other things, the length of your course and whether you are studying on a national program or an induction program. A residence permit can be granted for four years or thirteen months. You can also get a residence permit that is valid for six months after the course is completed.

  • Does the law on upper secondary schools apply to unaccompanied minors only?

    No, young persons coming to Sweden together with their families may also apply for a residence permit on the grounds of their upper secondary school studies. It also applies to people over the age of 18 but under 25.

Questions and answers about first-time asylum applications
  • I am an adult or child in the family and am studying on a national program at an upper secondary school – what does it mean for me?

    If the Migration Agency considers that you are entitled to a temporary residence permit because of your protection needs, extremely or particularly distressing circumstances, or impediments to enforcement, you may instead get a longer residence permit than you would otherwise get, if:

    • you are between 17 and 25 years old
    • you have not previously completed a course of upper secondary education or similar abroad that has been validated in Sweden
    • the course of education lasts longer than the residence permit you would have been granted otherwise.

    You may then get a temporary residence permit that is valid for six months after the course is completed.

  • I am an adult or child in the family and am studying on an induction program at an upper secondary school – what does it mean for me?

    If the Migration Agency considers that you are entitled to a temporary residence permit because of your protection needs, extremely or particularly distressing circumstances, or impediments to enforcement, you will be granted a residence permit on these grounds. You cannot get a longer residence permit for studies on an induction program at an upper secondary school if you are applying for asylum for the first time.

  • I am an unaccompanied minor and am studying on a national program at an upper secondary school – what does it mean for me?

    If the Migration Agency considers that you are entitled to a temporary residence permit because of your protection needs, extremely or particularly distressing circumstances, or impediments to enforcement, or if you should be granted a temporary residence permit because there are no alternative arrangements in your country of origin, you may instead get a longer residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school.

    The residence permit is valid for 6 months over and above the time remaining on your course.

    You must not have previously completed a course of upper secondary education or similar abroad that has been validated in Sweden.

  • I am an unaccompanied minor and am studying on an induction program at an upper secondary school – what does it mean for me?

    If you would otherwise be granted a temporary residence permit because there are no alternative arrangements in your country of origin, you may instead get a residence permit for thirteen months if you have not previously completed a course of upper secondary education or similar abroad that has been validated in Sweden.

  • I am an unaccompanied minor and applied for asylum before November 24, 2015. I am studying at an upper secondary school – what does it mean for me?

    If you are to be granted a temporary residence permit on the grounds of impediments to enforcement because there are no alternative arrangements in your country of origin, you can get a residence permit that is valid for four years if you are studying on an induction program or a national program at an upper secondary school.

  • I am an unaccompanied minor and am studying at an upper secondary school. I have received a decision on expulsion or deportation with deferred enforcement – what does it mean for me?

    If your first application was received by November 24, 2015 at the latest, you get a residence permit for four years if you are studying on an induction program or a national program at an upper secondary school. You must be in Sweden when you apply for a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school.

Questions and answers on applications to extend temporary residence permits
  • I need to apply for an extension of my temporary residence permit, which I was granted because of my protection needs or impediments to enforcement. I am studying on a national program at an upper secondary school – what does it mean for me?

    The following applies to adults, unaccompanied minors and children in families where the grounds for the previous residence permit remain:

    If the grounds for your previous residence permit remain, you can get a longer residence permit than you would otherwise get if you are between 17 and 25 years old and have not already completed an upper secondary school education or similar that has been validated in Sweden. You may then get a temporary residence permit that is valid for six months after the course is completed. The duration of the course must be longer than the residence permit you would have been granted otherwise.

    The following applies to adults, unaccompanied minors and children in families where the grounds for the previous residence permit do not remain:

    If the grounds for your previous residence permit do not remain, you can get a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school if you are between 18 and 25 years old and have not already completed an upper secondary school education or similar that has been validated in Sweden. You may then get a temporary residence permit that is valid for six months after the course is completed. For unaccompanied minors the lower age limit is 17 years.

  • I need to apply for an extension of my residence permit. I am studying on an induction program at an upper secondary school – what does it mean for me?

    The following applies to adults, unaccompanied minors and children in families where the grounds for the previous residence permit remain:

    If the grounds for your previous residence permit remain, you will be granted a residence permit on the same grounds as before.

    The following applies to adults, unaccompanied minors and children in families where the grounds for the previous residence permit do not remain:

    If the grounds for your previous residence permit do not remain, you can get a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school for thirteen months if you are between 18 and 25 years old and have not already completed an upper secondary school education or similar that has been validated in Sweden. For unaccompanied minors the lower age limit is 17 years.

  • I am an unaccompanied minor and have reached 18 when my application for extension is being considered – what does it mean for me?

    If you have had a temporary residence permit as someone in need of protection and have reached the age of 18, you will be treated as an adult in your application for an extension. See questions and answers given earlier.

    If you have been granted a residence permit on grounds of impediments to enforcement because there are no alternative arrangements in your country of origin and you cannot get a new permit, you may instead get a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school if:

    • you are between 18 and 25 years old
    • you have not previously completed a course of upper secondary education or similar abroad that has been validated in Sweden.

    If you are studying on a national program at an upper secondary school, you may then get a temporary residence permit that is valid for six months after the course is completed. If you are studying on an induction program at an upper secondary school, you may then get a temporary residence permit that is valid for 13 months.

    If you have had a residence permit on the grounds of impediments to enforcement because there are no alternative arrangements in your country of origin and you cannot get a new permit and your first application for asylum was registered on November 24, 2015 or earlier, you can get a residence permit for studies on an induction program or a national program that is valid for four years.

    You must be in Sweden when you apply for a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school.

Questions and answers about the application
  • I have applied for asylum and am studying at an upper secondary school. What do I need to do to add certificates of upper secondary school education to my application?

    If you have already had your asylum investigation, the Migration Agency will ask you to support your case by submitting your individual study plan if you are studying at upper secondary school level.

    If you have not had your asylum investigation, you may bring your individual study plan to the investigation. Your school will provide you with your individual study plan.

  • I have a temporary residence permit on the grounds of study and am studying at an upper secondary school. What should I do now?

    You will be able to apply for a residence permit for study at an upper secondary school when you apply to have your residence permit extended. You cannot be granted a new temporary residence permit before the period of validity of the residence permit you now have expires.

  • I have received a decision on expulsion or deportation with deferred enforcement. I am studying at an upper secondary school - what should I do now?

    If your first application for asylum was registered on November 24, 2015 or earlier and you have received a decision on expulsion or deportation with deferred enforcement, the regulations will apply to you. You will then need to visit an application unit or a reception unit in order to register your application. You can do this from June 1, 2017.

  • I have received a letter of acceptance to an upper secondary school. Can I apply for a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school now?

    No, you need to have started your studies at the upper secondary school when you apply for the residence permit.

  • What certificates do I need to provide as proof that I am studying at an upper secondary school?

    If you are studying at an upper secondary school or a special needs upper secondary school, you will only need to submit your individual study plan. If you are studying at a folk high school or adult education center, you will need to submit the relevant program documentation. Your school will provide you with this documentation.

Questions and answers about the studies
  • What counts as studies at the upper secondary level?

    What is meant by studies at the upper secondary level are studies on an induction program or national program at an upper secondary school or special needs upper secondary school. Full-time studies at upper secondary level at a folk high school and adult education center also count as studies at upper secondary level.

  • Do I have to study full-time?

    Yes, in most cases you have to study full-time at an upper secondary school. For part-time studies, a residence permit is only granted in exceptional cases, for example, in the case of illness, disability or if the course supplements an overseas education.

  • Do I need to achieve certain study grades for me to retain my residence permit?

    Yes, if you are granted a permit that is valid for more than 13 months, you must provide an account annually of your active participation in your studies, for example, by submitting attendance reports or certificates. If you are unable to do this, the Migration Agency may review the length of your residence permit or withdraw it.

  • If I don’t manage to complete the course within the time planned, can I extend my residence permit in order to complete my studies?


    Yes, on certain conditions, you may be granted an extended residence permit to complete your studies. If you are studying on a national program, you must show you have been actively participating in your studies.

  • Can I remain in Sweden after I have completed the upper secondary course?

    After completing your course of upper secondary studies, you may apply for an extension. If you have completed your studies, you may apply for a six month residence permit, which gives you time to find work in Sweden. If you are able to support yourself from income from work or your own business, you may apply for a permanent residence permit.

Questions and answers about my family
  • Can my parents come to Sweden when I have received my residence permit for study at an upper secondary school?

    You may be reunited with close family relatives if you have refugee status, or if you have the status of a person eligible for subsidiary protection and you applied for asylum by November 24, 2015 at the latest. In order to be reunited with your parents, you will need to be under 18 years of age.

  • Can my wife/husband/registered partner be included in my residence permit if I get a residence permit for studies at an upper secondary school?

    For your wife/husband/registered partner to be included in your residence permit, it is a requirement that:

    • you have refugee status, or status of a person eligible for subsidiary protection and applied for asylum by November 24, 2015 at the latest
    • you are both over 21 years of age (exceptions can be made if you have children in common)
    • you have been living together before you moved to Sweden.