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 those who have newly moved to Sweden with a residence permit

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

The Swedish Consumer Agency’s information serviceexternal link, opens in new window can give you tips if you have questions about purchases or contracts.

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

If you are aged 18 years or older you can apply for a loan to furnish your home. www.csn.seexternal link, opens in new window

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

For questions concerning Swedish for Immigrants (sfi) classes you should contact the municipality in which you live. See also the website for Sveriges kommuner och landsting.external link, opens in new window

If you are looking for work you can register with Arbetsförmedlingen.external link, opens in new window

If you have questions about health care, contact the county council or region where you live. Find health care in the whole of the country on 1177 Healthcare Guide.external link, opens in new window

Information about studying at college and university can be found at Antagning.seexternal link, opens in new window or studera.nu.external link, opens in new window

For questions concerning student funding CSN, Centrala studiestödsnämnden.external link, opens in new window

For questions concerning driving licences go to the Swedish Transport Agency.external link, opens in new window

For questions concerning voting rights contact Valmyndigheten.external link

Information about Swedish schools from the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) can be found at www.omsvenskaskolan.se/engelska/det-haer-aer-den-svenska-skolan/.external link, opens in new window

Information about Swedish society in several different languages can be found at Information om Sverige.external link, opens in new window

More information about Swedish society can be found at the Swedish Institute website.external link, opens in new window

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

Last updated: 7 June 2018

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