Residence permit for upper secondary school studies for those who have, or had, a residence permit based on the need for protection

If you are between 17 and 24, and have or had a residence permit based on the need for protection, and if you have begun a course of study at the upper secondary school level, you can receive a residence permit for upper secondary school studies. This applies to those who are studying at an upper secondary school, a special upper secondary school, or in an equivalent programme at, for example, a folk high school or municipal adult education programme.

Requirements for a residence permit for upper secondary school studies

There are many factors that affect whether you are able to receive a residence permit for upper secondary school studies. The decision is affected by whether you have a temporary residence permit that you want to extend, whether you are applying for asylum for the first time, and whether you have received a rejection of your asylum application. The decision is also affected by whether you are an unaccompanied minor, whether you are studying in a national programme or in an introductory programme, and, in some cases, by when your first application for asylum was registered by the Swedish Migration Agency.

In order to be able to receive a residence permit for upper secondary school studies, you must be studying at an upper secondary level in an introductory or in a national programme at an upper secondary or special upper secondary school. Full-time studies at an upper secondary level at a folk high school or in an adult education program (Komvux) also count.

You must be studying full-time. For part-time studies, a residence permit is only granted in exceptional cases: for example, in the event of illness or disability, or if the studies are being pursued because of the need to supplement a foreign course of education.

If you are granted a residence permit that is valid for more than 13 months, you must demonstrate each year that you have been actively participating in your studies. You can do this by, for example, submitting certificates of attendance or school reports. If you are unable to do this, the Swedish Migration Agency may re-examine the length of your residence permit or withdraw it. The Swedish Migration Agency will contact you when it is time to send in new information about the results of your studies.

After your studies have been completed, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit.

Read more under the heading After your studies

Test whether you meet the requirements

The Swedish Migration Agency has created a guide where you can test whether you are able to obtain a residence permit for upper secondary school studies.

How to apply

First-time application

If you have applied for asylum for the first time, and are still waiting for a decision on your application, you do not need to do anything until the Swedish Migration Agency contacts you. We will make contact and ask you to send in an individual curriculum. If you have still not had an asylum investigation, you will be asked about whether you are studying at an upper secondary school during the investigation. You can prepare for your visit by bringing your individual curriculum to the investigation. If you do not have the curriculum with you for your asylum investigation, you can still send it in to the Swedish Migration Agency by post within 14 days of your investigation.

Application for extension

If you apply for an extension of a temporary residence permit due to the need for protection, you will also be asked whether you are studying at an upper secondary school. You will then have the ability to receive a longer residence permit, or a residence permit for secondary school studies.

If you have received a refusal of entry or deportation decision

If you have received a refusal of entry or deportation decision, and applied for asylum on 24 November 2015 or earlier, you must do the following in order to be able to apply for a residence permit for upper secondary school studies:

  • Visit the Swedish Migration Agency in person.
  • Be able to identify yourself with an Asylum Seeker card.
  • Submit an individual curriculum or a planning document that you can obtain from school.
  • If appropriate, submit documentation supporting your reasons for studying part-time.

If you do not have the above documents with you for your asylum investigation, you can send them in by post to the Swedish Migration Agency. We want to have the documents no later than 14 days after your investigation.

As part of your visit, you will also be photographed and have your fingerprints taken for a possible residence permit card.

Family

You will be able to reunite with close family members after receiving a residence permit for upper secondary school studies if you have refugee status, or status as a person eligible for subsidiary protection, and if you applied for asylum on or before November 24, 2015. In order to be reunited with your parents, you must be under 18 years of age.

In order for your spouse or registered partner to be able to receive a residence permit to move to join you in Sweden after you have received a residence permit for upper secondary school studies, it is required that:

  • you have refugee status, or status as a person eligible for subsidiary protection, and that you applied for asylum on or before November 24, 2015
  • you are both over 21 years of age (exceptions can be made if you have children together)
  • you lived together before moving to Sweden.

Read more on how your family can apply for a residence permit to move to join you

After the decision has been made

If you receive a residence permit for upper secondary studies, it will be valid for thirteen months, for four years, or for six months past the time that is left in your studies. The length of the permit depends on the grounds on which you receive a permit. You have the same right to health care as a person with a permanent residence permit.

As proof of your residence permit, you will receive a residence permit card. The card is not an identity document or travel document. You can travel into or out of the country, but when you leave Sweden, you must have a valid passport, and your residence permit card, to be able to return.

Read more about the residence permit card

When you have received a temporary residence permit, you should register in the Swedish Population Register through the Swedish Tax Agency as soon as possible. Registration in the Population Register is required in order for you to be able to take advantage of the Swedish social insurance system. Once you are registered, you can also obtain a Swedish identity document, which is required for opening a bank account, for example.

To register in the population register, you should contact the Swedish Tax Agency, who will register your place of residence, your civil status (whether you are married or not), your citizenship and your place of birth. If you are under 18, you should do this together with your guardian. When you visit the Swedish Tax Agency, you should bring your residence permit card and a valid identity document with you. If your identity document is with the Swedish Migration Agency, you can ask to receive a copy of it. The copy should be signed by a person attesting that the copy corresponds to the original. The person should also write his/her name in block letters and provide his/her telephone number.

Information from the Swedish Tax Agency on population registration (in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

One month after receiving a residence permit, you will be discharged from the Swedish Migration Agency. You will then no longer receive a daily allowance, and your bank card will stop working. If you need the money that is on the card, it is important that you withdraw it before being discharged from the Swedish Migration Agency. Your asylum case will then be closed. Thereafter, the municipality where you reside will have full responsibility for you.

If you are studying at an upper secondary level, you have the right to receive student grants.

Read more about how to receive student grants on the CSN website (in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

After your studies

After your upper secondary school studies have been completed, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit. If you have completed your studies, you may apply for a six-month residence permit, which gives you time to find work in Sweden. When you have found a job, you can apply for a permanent residence permit if you can demonstrate that you are able to support yourself through income from employment or self-employment.

Read more about permanent residence permits for employees or the self-employed

If you are unable to complete your studies in the time for which you received a residence permit, you can, under certain conditions, obtain an extended residence permit for the completion of your studies. If you are studying in a national programme, you must demonstrate that you have been actively participating in your studies.

Read more questions and answers about the law on upper secondary school education

Last updated: 2018-01-10

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