After receiving a decision on residence permit under the EU Temporary Protection Directive
On this page, you will find information about what happens after you have received a residence permit under the EU Temporary Protection Directive and what rights and possibilities you then have.
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If you are granted a residence permit under the EU Temporary Protection Directive, your permit will be valid until 4 March 2023. If the security situation in Ukraine has not improved by then, the Swedish Migration Agency can decide to extend the permit.
You will receive a residence permit card (UT card) that shows you have a residence permit on grounds of temporary protection and that you have the right to work.
Once your residence permit card is ready, we will send the card to you by post or contact you and tell you where you can pick up your card. Remember to notify the Swedish Migration Agency if you change your address. You can do this by sending a completed Address Notification/Change of Address (Mot93) form to your nearest Unit for Reception.
The card also shows that you are entitled to support under the Act on the Reception of Asylum Seekers and others (LMA), which means you have the same rights as an asylum seeker to accommodation and financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency. Take your residence permit card with you when you go for medical care or pick up prescribed medication from a pharmacy. The card entitles you to medical care and medicine at a lower price.
The right to work
If you are 16 years of age or older, you have the right to work. You can go to the Swedish Public Employment Service for help regarding finding a job.
If you find work, you need to register with the Swedish Tax Agency to pay taxes. You or your employer should submit a registration form for preliminary income tax (so called A-skatt). If you have been granted a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive, you can begin working even if the Swedish Tax Agency has not yet made a decision regarding your preliminary income tax.
You can choose to arrange your accommodation yourself or get help with accommodation from the Swedish Migration Agency. If you need the Swedish Migration Agency’s help with housing you must visit us in person.
If you choose to arrange your accommodation yourself, you will have to pay the rent yourself. Remember to notify the Swedish Migration Agency of your address if you arrange your accommodation yourself. You can do this by sending a completed Address Notification/Change of Address (Mot93) form to your nearest Unit for Reception.
Please note that the Swedish Migration Agency has a list of residential areas with social and economic challenges. Anyone who chooses to live in such an area may lose their right to financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency.
Here you can find out if the address you want to move to is located in an area that may affect your right to compensation from the Swedish Migration Agency.
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You can tell us if you need help with accommodation when applying for a residence permit. If you first arrange your accommodation yourself but your situation then changes so that after you have received a decision, you need help with accommodation from the Swedish Migration Agency, you must contact your Reception Unit.
If you need the Swedish Migration Agency's help with accommodation, you are not able to choose where to live. You will be given accommodation where there are places available and you may need to move to other Swedish Migration Agency accommodation to make room for more people.
The Swedish Migration Agency rents different types of accommodation. It could be an apartment where you cook your own food, a room where you share a kitchen with many others, or a larger accommodation centre where the food is served in a common dining room.
Anyone living in one of the Swedish Migration Agency's accommodation units can expect to share a room with other people. Families are always given their own room. Single people will share a room with others of the same sex.
You may be entitled to accommodation that is adapted to your needs if you are in a particularly vulnerable situation. This may apply, for example, if you have a disability, suffer from physical or mental illness, or are LGBTQI, pregnant or elderly. Talk to the Swedish Migration Agency about your needs as soon as possible, and we will do our best to find accommodation that is suitable for you.
If you do not have any money of your own, you can apply for financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency. You are entitled to financial support from the day that the Swedish Migration Agency has registered your application for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive. If you are also applying for financial support for your children, you must fill in one form per person. The money you receive from the Swedish Migration Agency is intended to cover your food, clothes and personal expenses.
You can apply for financial support when you visit a Swedish Migration Agency office or by submitting an application form to the Swedish Migration Agency by post. The Swedish Migration Agency can grant financial support at the earliest from the day you apply for it.
If you are getting financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency, it is important you tell the Swedish Migration Agency if your financial situation changes, for example, if you get a job, or if you change accommodation. Changing your address may mean that the level of your allowance needs to be changed. While you are receiving a daily allowance from us, it is a criminal offence if you do not inform us that you are earning money.
You can apply for two different forms of financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency: daily allowance and special allowance.
The daily allowance is different depending on whether you live in Swedish Migration Agency accommodation where food is included or in one where food is not included. The amount of the daily allowance is also affected if you choose to arrange your accommodation yourself.
In accommodation where food is included, the daily allowance is
- 24 SEK/day for a single adult
- 19 SEK/day per person for adults sharing household expenses
- 12 SEK/day for children up to and including the age of 17 years.
In accommodation where food is not included, the daily allowance is
- 71 SEK/day for a single adult
- 61 SEK/day per person for adults sharing household expenses
- 37 SEK/day for children aged 0–3 years.
- 43 SEK/day for children aged 4–10 years.
- 50 SEK/day for children aged 11–17 years.
Families with more than two children receive full daily allowance for the two oldest children and half a daily allowance for the other children.
In addition to food, the daily allowance needs to cover clothing and shoes, medical care and medicine, dental care, hygiene items, other consumables and leisure activities.
If you have a great need for something that is not covered by the daily allowance, you can apply for a special grant for it. You must prove that you have a great need for the item or service and that you cannot pay for it yourself. For example, it could be glasses, a pram or warm winter shoes. The Swedish Migration Agency will always make an individual assessment of your need.
You can only get a grant for the cheapest options required to meet the need.
Your right to a special grant may be affected if you move to your own accommodation in an area that is on the Swedish Migration Agency's list of areas with social and economic challenges.
If you are granted daily allowance from the Swedish Migration Agency, you will receive a bank card that is linked to the account where the money is put in. Only the Swedish Migration Agency can put money into this account. If you want to open a Swedish bank account where, for example, an employer can put in money, you must contact a Swedish bank.
Decision on financial support
Once the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision on financial support, you will be informed of the decision
- through a case officer at your Unit for Reception or
- through a system called simplified notification.
Simplified notification means the Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision in an ordinary letter to the address where you have said you live. The following day, we will send another letter to the same address with information that we have sent the decision. We do this to reduce the risk of a mistake. In this way, the Swedish Migration Agency considers that you have received the decision (been served) two weeks after we sent it to you. After that, you have three weeks to appeal the decision.
If the address you have given us cannot be used and you are registered in the Swedish Population Register, the decision and the control letter may be sent to the address where you are registered.
Remember to check your mail/post regularly.
Health and medical care
All adults with a valid residence permit with temporary protection under the Temporary Protection Directive have the right to emergency medical care, emergency dentistry and other care that cannot wait. It is the health service that decides which care cannot wait. You are also entitled to obstetric care, abortion care, contraceptive counselling, maternal health care, and care provided under the Communicable Diseases Act (a law intended to prevent the spread of infectious diseases). Once you have received a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive, you will receive an offer for a free health exam. During the health exam, you will get advice on health issues, the chance to take certain medical tests, and information about health and medical care in Sweden.
If you show your residence permit (UT) card, you pay a lower fee when you visit healthcare services or pick up certain medications at the pharmacy.
Children and young people under the age of 18 are entitled to the same healthcare and dental care as other children living in Sweden. Such care is largely free for children but it can vary depending on where you live. Medication for children is free if you have a prescription from a doctor.
In Sweden, anyone aged 12 years or over can be vaccinated against COVID-19. Elderly and particularly vulnerable people may need to get vaccinated several times. It is very important that you have the vaccination you are offered if you are not already fully vaccinated, so that we can stop the spread of the virus together. Vaccinated against COVID-19 is free of charge and voluntary. Children also have the right to get vaccinated against other common infectious childhood diseases.
If you get sick, injure yourself or feel mentally ill, in the first instance, you should go to a healthcare centre (vårdcentral). A healthcare centre is a local, publicly funded healthcare facility. There you can see, among others, a nurse, general practitioner or counsellor. If they assess that you need more specialised care, they can help to refer you to the correct place.
Often you need to make an appointment before visiting the healthcare centre. You have the right to an interpreter when you go to see a healthcare professional. Tell them you need an interpreter when you make an appointment.
If you think you need glasses, you can go to any optician to do an eye test. If you need to buy glasses, the optician must sign a paper that you can get from your Unit for Reception. Take the paper to the Swedish Migration Agency when you apply for a special grant for this. It is the case officer at the Swedish Migration Agency who decides whether you are to get financial support to buy glasses and you must get the decision before you can order glasses.
If you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to communicate when you are in contact with the Swedish Migration Agency or other authorities, you can get help and support for that. Having a disability is not an obstacle to obtaining a residence permit. Talk to your Unit for Reception about what support you can get.
More information about healthcare
- On the website www.1177.se External link, opens in new window., there is information in several languages about diseases and how healthcare in Sweden works. There you can also find phone numbers for the healthcare centres and dentists located in the place where you live.
- You can also call Vårdguiden by phoning 1177. Then you will be able to talk to a nurse who can answer questions and give advice on health and medical care. The nurse can also assess your need for care and refer you to the right healthcare facility if necessary.
- Kvinnofridslinjen (Sweden’s National Women’s Helpline) offers advice and support to women subjected to threats and/or physical, psychological and sexual violence. Call 020-50 50 50. They will organise an interpreter in just a few minutes. You will find more information at kvinnofridslinjen.se. The information is available in several languages.
- The staff at your Unit for Reception or accommodation can help you with more information and find out where you should go to get the right healthcare in the place where you live.
- If you become acutely ill and need an ambulance, call the emergency number 112. Use the same number if you need to contact the police or fire department in an emergency situation.
School for children
Children who have been granted a residence permit with temporary protection under the Temporary Protection Directive have the right to attend preschool and school.
Children have the right to attend preschool from the age of 1 year if their parents, for example, work or study or if the child otherwise has her/his own need for such care due to the family’s situation. Starting in the autumn semester of the year children reach the age of 3, they have the right to attend preschool even if their parents do not work or study.
Starting in the autumn semester of the year children reach the age of 6, they have the right to attend school. School is free and all children must attend ten years of primary school.
Upon completion of primary school, young people have the right to secondary education, as long as they begin this education before reaching the age of 18. In upper secondary school (high school), one can prepare for higher education or learn a profession.
It is the municipality where you live that is responsible for ensuring that your child gets a place at a school. Contact the municipality and tell them you want your children to attend school. If you need help with this, contact the Swedish Migration Agency. You can also find information on the municipality’s website. The municipality will inform you about its preschools and schools and help you further.
Residence permit extension
A residence permit on the basis of temporary protection under the Temporary Protection Directive is valid until 4 March 2023. If the security situation in Ukraine has not improved by then, the Swedish Migration Agency can extend your residence permit automatically. You will get more information about what you need to do before then.
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