Residence permits for those granted refugee status

If you have been granted refugee status will be given a three-year residence permit. If you are able to support yourself by the time your residence permit expires you can be granted a permanent residence permit.

Your temporary residence permit gives you the right to live and work in Sweden for three years. During that period you have the same right to medical care as a person with a permanent residence permit.

As proof of your residence permit you will receive a residence permit card. This card is not an identification document or a travel document. You can travel into and out of the country as long as your permit is valid, but if you travel outside of Sweden you must have a valid passport and your residence permit card in order to re-enter the country.

Read more about residence permit cards

Registering with the population register

When you have received a temporary residence permit you should register with the population register at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) as soon as possible. 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 get a Swedish identity document which is necessary in order to, for example, 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 Tax Agency you need to bring your residence permit card and 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 it is a true copy of the original. This person should also write their name in capital letters and give their telephone number.

The Swedish Tax Agency's information on population registrationexternal link, opens in new window

Establishment contributions

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.

Information on establishment support at the Swedish Public Employment Service's websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Working in Sweden

You who have been granted a temporary residence permit for three years may work in Sweden. If you have a job where you can provide for yourself when your temporary residence permit expires, you will be able to apply for a permanent residence permit.

When you apply for work you should bring copies of the documents which show that you have the right to live and work in Sweden. Also take your residence permit card with you. The employer will want to know for how long you are allowed to work in Sweden and whether your permission to work in Sweden is subject to any restrictions. Your employer will want copies of your documents and will also inform the Swedish Tax Agency that you have been employed.

Family reunification

If you have been granted refugee status your family can apply for residence permits so that they can join you in Sweden. Only your husband, wife, registered partner or cohabiting partner, or children under the age of 18 can apply for a residence permit. Both you and your partner must be at least 21 years old. You must also have lived together before you moved to Sweden. Exemptions from the age requirement may be made if you have children together. Your family can only get residence permits for as long as your own permit is valid.

If you are eligible for family reunification 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.

Read more about family reunification and the maintenance requirement

The residence permit can be withdrawn

Your residence permit can 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.

Extension of a temporary residence permit

When your temporary residence permit expires, you will be able to apply for renewal. You may be granted a residence permit if you still need shelter. In some cases, you can also get a residence permit if you have other reasons to stay in Sweden.

Read more about extending residence permits

Appeals

It is not possible to appeal a decision for a temporary residence permit.

Information for persons arriving in Sweden with a residence permit

Do not forget to save your residence permit decision. It will be useful when contacting various national authorities and organisations.

To register as living in Sweden and obtain a Swedish personal identity number, contact the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket.external link, opens in new window

To be registered in the social insurance system, contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Försäkringskassan.external link, opens in new window

Some municipalities have municipal housing agencies where you can look for accommodation. The municipality can also give you advice on private landlords.

The municipality in which you live will offer child care and schooling for children.

For questions about healthcare, contact the County Council or region where you live. Find the right health care at 1177 Vårdguiden.external link, opens in new window

For questions about learning Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), contact the municipality you live in. See also the website of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.external link, opens in new window

If you are looking for a job you can register with the Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.external link, opens in new window

For information about studying at colleges or universities, see Universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window or studera.nu.external link, opens in new window

For questions about student loans and grants, contact CSN.external link, opens in new window

For questions concerning driving licenses, visit the Swedish Transport Agency.external link, opens in new window

For questions about the right to vote, contact the Election Authority, Valmyndigheten.external link, opens in new window

Information from the Swedish National Agency for Education about the Swedish education system can be found at www.omsvenskaskolan.se.external link, opens in new window

Information about society in Sweden can be found in a number of languages at informationsverige.se.external link, opens in new window

For more information on society in Sweden visit the website of the Swedish Institute.external link, opens in new window

UR Nyanländexternal link, opens in new window is a series of programmes about your rights and duties in Sweden.

The information service at the Swedish Consumer Agencyexternal link, opens in new window can answer your questions about buying goods and services and about contract terms and conditions.

On the page Learn Swedísh on www.informationsverige.se,external link you will find links to several programs for learning Swedish on your own.

Last updated: 27 June 2019

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