Permanent residence permit for asylum seekers
If you are granted a permanent residence permit you have the right to live and work in Sweden on the same terms as everyone else who resides here.
- አማርኛ (amhariska)
- العربية (arabiska)
- Azərbaycanca (azerbajdzjanska)
- ب ه سۆرانی (sorani)
- Español (spanska)
- پارسی (persiska)
- Français (franska)
- Bosanski, hrvatski, srpski (kroatiska)
- Հայերեն (armeniska)
- Kurmancî (kurmandji)
- Монгол хэл (mongoliska)
- يه دری (dari)
- پښتو (pashto)
- Arlijan (romani arli)
- Русский (ryska)
- Af soomaali (somaliska)
- Shqip (albanska)
- Swedish (svenska)
- ትግርኛ (tigrinska)
- Oʻzbek (uzbekiska)
Your permanent residence permit is valid as long as you live in Sweden. You will receive a residence permit card as proof that you have a residence permit. The card is not an identification document or a travel document. You can travel in and out of the country, but if you leave Sweden you must have a valid passport and your residence permit card in order to re-enter the country. You should also save your notification of the decision to grant you a permanent residence permit. You will find this useful if you need to contact other government agencies.
You do not need to apply for an extension of your residence permit but the residence permit card is only valid for up to five years. To get a new residence permit card you must visit the Swedish Migration Agency to be photographed and to have your fingerprints taken again.
Registering with the population register
When you have received a permanent residence permit you should register with the population register at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) as soon as possible. Population registration is required before you can attend Swedish for Immigrants (sfi) classes and be entitled to the benefits of the Swedish social security system. Once you have registered with the population register you can also obtain a Swedish identity document which you will need, for example, if you wish to open a bank account.
To register with the population register you should go to the Swedish Tax Agency which will record where you live, your marital status (whether or not you are married), your citizenship and your place of birth. When you go to the Swedish Tax Agency you should take your residence permit card with you as well as a valid identification document. If your identification document is held by the Swedish Migration Agency you can ask for a copy of it. The copy should be signed by a person who certifies that the copy is the same as the original. This person should also write their name in capital letters and give their telephone number.
If you have recently received a residence permit in Sweden and have the right to work here, you may be entitled to establishment contributions to get started in the workforce. Establishment contributions are activities that can provide support for you in e.g. learning Swedish, getting started in the workforce, and providing for yourself. The Swedish Public Employment Service is responsible for establishment contributions and job seekers in Sweden. You can find more information on the Swedish Public Employment Service's website. The information is available in several languages.
The Swedish Public Employment Service can help you find work until you turn 65, which is the most common retirement age in Sweden. People who come to Sweden late in life often receive a low or no pension. If you do not have a pension that you can live on, you can turn to the Swedish Pensions Agency and apply for so-called income support for the elderly.
If you have been granted a permanent residence permit your family can apply for residence permits so that they can join you in Sweden.
You may be subject to a so-called maintenance requirement. This means that you must be able to support both yourself and your family. You must also have a home that is large enough and of appropriate standard for you to live in together when your family moves to Sweden.
The residence permit can be withdrawn
Your permanent residence permit can be withdrawn if you leave Sweden. If you notify the Swedish Migration Agency that you wish to retain your permanent residence permit, you can remain abroad for up to two years without your permit being affected.
If you have not returned to Sweden after two years the Migration Agency may withdraw your residence permit. The residence permit can also be withdrawn if you gave a false identity when you applied for the residence permit, or if you knowingly lied or failed to mention something that was significant for your residence permit.
If you are convicted of a crime, the court can decide that you should be deported. The Migration Agency will then withdraw your residence permit. Your residence permit can be withdrawn even if you have had the permit for several years.
Notification that you wish to retain your permanent residence permit
To declare that you wish to retain your permanent residence permit when you are spending a long time in another country you should fill out the form Anmälan om att få behålla permanent uppehållstillstånd (Notification of desire to retain permanent residence permit), number 186011. Send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or to
601 70 Norrköping
Your notification should arrive at the Swedish Migration Agency no later than one week before you leave Sweden. If your trip is cancelled you should inform the Swedish Migration Agency of this no later than the day on which you had intended to travel.