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6 November 2020

Perma­nent resi­dence permit under the tempo­rary law – probationary employment can be approved in some cases

Under the temporary law, you must show that you can support yourself though employment or as a self-employed person if you wish to have a permanent residence permit. The Swedish Migration Agency has changed its assessment of which forms of employment may lead to permanent residence permit.

In the past, it has been the assessment of the Swedish Migration Agency that a person who has an ongoing probationary employment cannot obtain a permanent residence permit, as it is uncertain whether the employment will continue. The Swedish Migration Agency now considers that in certain cases it may be possible to obtain a permanent residence permit even though you have probationary employment, if it is clear that the probationary employment will lead to permanent employment. If you have a probationary employment when you apply for a permanent residence permit, you or your employer may be contacted by a caseworker who will want to know more about your employment.

Apply before your permit expires

You can only be granted a permanent residence permit when your temporary residence permit expires. This means that you need to state that you can support yourself when you apply for an extended residence permit. You can always state several reasons why you are applying for an extended residence permit under the temporary law, and if you do not meet all the requirements for a permanent residence permit, you may still be granted an extended residence permit if you have other reasons for staying in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency cannot grant you a permanent residence permit while you have a valid temporary residence permit, but you can apply for a permanent residence permit again when the time comes for you to apply for another extension.

If you have applied for an extended residence permit for other reasons, but start working before the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision, you can supplement your application with documents showing that you have started working and meet all the requirements for obtaining a permanent residence permit.

Resi­dence permit to apply for work after completed upper secon­dary level studies

The temporary law states that persons under the age of 25 must have completed an upper secondary level education (or its foreign equivalent) in order to obtain a permanent residence permit as an employee or self-employed person. The Swedish Migration Agency cannot make any exceptions to this requirement.

Under the temporary law, a person who has a residence permit for upper secondary level studies may have the right to six months residence permit to apply for work after completing his or her studies. Please note that many residence permits for upper secondary level studies are valid for the duration of the studies, and an additional six months after the planned date of graduation. If for some reason you have less than six months left before your residence permit expires when you graduate, you can apply for an extended residence permit to seek employment. You can then receive an extended residence permit so that the combined permit period to seek employment is six months from the date that you graduated.

The Swedish Migration Agency receives many questions and complaints about the difficulty for young people to find a job quickly enough after completing their upper secondary education. However, the law does not allow the Swedish Migration Agency to grant a residence permit for a period of more than the maximum of six months for the purpose of seeking employment and establish oneself in the labour market.

Learn how to apply for an extended residence permit

Read more about the requirements for obtaining a permanent residence permit as an employee

Questions and answers about permanent residence permits as an employee