Frequently asked questions about repatriation allowances

  • Does the whole family have to move at the same time?

    No, your allowance will be paid when you leave Sweden. If any member of your family stays in Sweden, the allowance for that person will be paid out when he or she leaves Sweden.

  • What happens with my permanent residence permit if I move?

    The Swedish Migration Agency will take away your permanent residence permit when you go to live in another country.

  • Will I be able to get a new permanent residence permit if I want to return to Sweden?

    You may apply for a residence permit again. Your application should then be submitted to the closest Swedish consulate or embassy. Your permit must be ready before you travel to Sweden.

    When the Swedish Migration Agency considers residence applications, we take into account your connection to Sweden. We consider how long you have been living in Sweden as a residence permit-holder, and how long you have lived in your homeland or other country. It does not affect the assessment if you have previously been given a repatriation allowance by the Migration Agency.

    Examples of what the Migration Agency takes into consideration:

    • If you have been away from Sweden for a period shorter than one year, you may be given a new residence permit, even if you had been living in Sweden for a short time before moving.
    • If you have been away from Sweden for one to three years, you must have previously been living in Sweden for at least four years as a residence permit-holder in order to get a new residence permit.
    • If you have been away from Sweden for longer than three years, you may only be granted a new residence permit if you have previously been living in Sweden for a very long time (10–15 years) as a residence permit-holder
    • If you have gotten married since returning to your homeland, you normally cannot count on being given a new residence permit in Sweden even if you have lived here before.

Last updated: 2014-04-29

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