New law on upper secondary education, 1 July until 30 September
The Parliament of Sweden has made a decision regarding new provisions in the so-called law on upper secondary education (gymnasielagen). The new provisions make it possible for people who have had their applications for asylum rejected to apply for a residence permit to undertake studies at upper secondary level. In order to be covered by the new provisions, you need to meet certain requirements. This amendment to the law is temporary and applications must be submitted between 1 July and 30 September 2018.
The Swedish Migration Agency has decided until further notice to delay decisions to grant residence permits for secondary school studies. The decision is valid until legal guidance is provided by the Migration Court of Appeal.
You still need to apply before September 30th.
In order to receive a residence permit under the new law on upper secondary education, the following conditions must be met:
- You first applied for asylum on 24 November 2015 or earlier. Alternatively, you came to Sweden before 24 November 2015 and notified the municipality in which you first arrived that you wanted to apply for asylum, but your asylum application was registered with the Swedish Migration Agency after 24 November 2015.
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- You were registered as an unaccompanied minor when you applied for asylum and you were referred to a municipality for housing.
- You were 18 years of age or older when you received a decision on expulsion or deportation.
- You had to wait for more than 15 months to receive a decision.
- You received the decision on expulsion or deportation on or after 20 July 2016.
- You are studying, or have previously studied, and intend to study at upper secondary level in Sweden.
- You must be in Sweden when you apply.
The Swedish Migration Agency will also check whether you have committed any crimes or if there is anything which suggests you may constitute a security risk.
If you are still waiting for a decision on your asylum application, you may also be covered if your application is rejected and you meet all of the conditions.
How to apply
You need to complete the application form and send it to the Swedish Migration Agency.
You must certify in the form that you are currently studying or that you intend to study. Together with your form, you also need to send in:
- an individual study plan or equivalent documentation which demonstrates that you are studying at upper secondary level
- a document which proves that you have previously studied in Sweden at either elementary school level or upper secondary level.
You can send your application by email or regular post.
If you want to email your application
Fill in the application form on your computer. Scan the document with your individual study plan or equivalent document that shows that you have studied. The email address you should use depends on where in the country you live. On the map you can see which email address is the right one for you.
If you want to send your application by post
Print out the application form and fill it in. Put it in an envelope together with your individual study plan or equivalent document that shows that you have studied. The address you should use depends on where in the country you live. On the map you can see which address is the right one for you.
You can also submit your application to any of the Swedish Migration Agency’s offices.
Once the Swedish Migration Agency has reviewed your application, you will receive a decision, which will be sent as a letter to the address indicated in your application.
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