New law on upper secondary education

From July to the end of September 2018, you were able to apply for a residence permit for upper-secondary school studies even if your asylum application had previously been rejected if you met a number of other conditions. The last day to apply for a residence permit under the new Upper-Secondary School Act was 30 September 2018.

After a decision

If you receive a residence permit for upper-secondary school studies, it is valid for 13 months.

As evidence that you have a residence permit in Sweden, you need a residence permit card. To obtain such a card, you have to visit the Swedish Migration Agency to provide your fingerprints and be photographed so that a residence permit can be made for you. When you receive your residence permit decision, you are given information on how you can contact the Swedish Migration Agency to be photographed and provide your fingerprints.

The card is not a form of ID or a travel document. You can travel in and 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.

More information on residence permit cards

Once you have been granted a temporary residence permit, you must be registered in the Swedish Population Register with the Swedish Tax Agency as soon as possible. This is a national official registration that is needed so that you can be a part of the Swedish social insurance system. Once you have been officially registered, you can also obtain a Swedish ID, which is needed to open a bank account, for example.

To complete the official registration, you must contact the Swedish Tax Agency.

Swedish Tax Agency information on registration in the Swedish Population Registerexternal link, opens in new window

If you fall ill and need medical care

If you have received a residence permit, you have the right to receive medical care just like a person with a permanent residence permit.

Housing and financial support for those who have a residence permit

One month after you are granted a residence permit, you are discharged from the Swedish Migration Agency. Then you no longer receive a daily allowance and your bank card stops working. If you need the money that is on the card, it is important that you withdraw them before you are discharged from the Swedish Migration Agency. You case at the Swedish Migration Agency is then closed.
After this, the municipality you live in has the full responsibility for you.

If you are studying at the upper-secondary level, you have a right to study assistance.

Read more about how you can get a student grant on the CSN websiteexternal link, opens in new window

If your application is rejected

If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application for a residence permit for upper-secondary school studies (with the application period from 1 July to 30 September 2018), it means that you do not have a right to a residence permit in Sweden. You can choose to accept or appeal the decision. If you have a deportation decision that has gained legal force (can no longer be appealed), the main rule is that you must prepare to return to your home country even if you apply to invoke an obstacle to enforcement.

Read more about obstacles to enforcement

Contact the Swedish Migration Agency if you need help planning your return.
If you have a deportation decision that can still be appealed, you may stay in Sweden during the time that your appeal is being reviewed in court.

Apply for an extension

If you do not have time to finish your studies in the time that you have received a residence permit for, you can under certain condition receive an extended residence permit to finish your studies. You must apply for an extension before your current permit expires.

If you are studying in a national programme, you must show that you have actively participated in the studies.

Read more about how to apply for an extension

After your studies

If you have finished your studies, you may be entitled to a six-month residence permit that gives you time to find a job in Sweden. Once you have obtained a job, you can apply for a permanent residence permit if you can show that you can support yourself with income from employment or your own company.

Read more about how to apply for an extension

Frequently asked questions (in Swedish)