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28 April 2020

To pupils who are at risk of not managing to complete their upper secondary level studies due to the pandemic

The Swedish Migration Agency is currently receiving many questions from pupils who wonder how their residence permit will be affected by the spread of the coronavirus.

Many pupils with a residence permit for education at the upper secondary level have been receiving distance education for some time now. As a result, some of those who are in the last semester of their education may not be able to complete their studies as planned. For example, this may be due to an unplanned, approved leave from studies when the school switched to distance learning, the fact that some courses cannot be given at a distance, or the postponement of an internship or examination.

Apply for an extended resi­dence permit if you need more time to complete your studies

If you need more time to complete your studies, you can apply for an extended residence permit. You should then submit a new study plan that shows when you plan to complete your studies, extracts from the grading catalogue or equivalent documentation showing that you have actively participated in your studies, and a document explaining why you need more time. If your need for an extended residence permit is due to an unplanned, approved leave from studies, or if you are currently studying part-time, the document should indicate the reasons for this. The same applies if you will be studying part-time during the next study period. The general rule for residence permits for studies at the upper secondary level is that the studies must be conducted full-time. Exceptions may be made for part-time studies if this limitation is due to measures taken by the school to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The Swedish Migration Agency will examine each application individually.

Read more about how residence permits for studies at the upper secondary level are affected by the spread of the coronavirus

Learn how to apply for an extended residence permit