Apply for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive
If you have fled the war in Ukraine, you may be entitled to a residence permit with temporary protection in Sweden under the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive. Here you can read about who is covered by the Temporary Protection Directive and how to apply.
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Requirements for temporary protection under the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive
You can get a residence permit with temporary protection under the Temporary Protection Directive if you
- are a Ukrainian citizen and have lived in Ukraine; or
- have the status or residence permit of a person in need of protection in Ukraine; or
- are an accompanying family member of someone belonging to either of the two groups described above.
If you have a passport or other identification documents showing that you belong to one of these groups, you must present them when you apply for protection.
If you came to Sweden on or after 30 October 2021 and you do not already have a residence permit that allows you to register with the Swedish population register, you may be entitled to protection under the Temporary Protection Directive.
If you do not meet these requirements but still need protection in Sweden, you can apply for asylum instead. This applies, for example, if you came to Sweden before 30 October 2021, or if you fled the war in Ukraine but do not belong to any of the person groups in the list above.
Your application will primarily be examined under the Temporary Protection Directive
If you are seeking protection in Sweden due to the war in Ukraine and the Swedish Migration Agency assesses that you meet the requirements, you will primarily receive a temporary residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive. If you apply for protection but we assess that you do not meet the requirements for obtaining a residence permit under the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive, we will instead examine whether you meet the requirements for being granted asylum under Swedish law. We will do this without you having to submit a new application.
Persons who have committed certain criminal offences (such as war crimes or other serious crimes), or who pose a threat to the security of Sweden, cannot be granted a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive, nor can they be granted asylum under Swedish law.
How to apply for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive
To apply for a Swedish residence permit with protection under the Temporary Protection Directive, you must currently be in Sweden. You can register your application online or by visiting the Swedish Migration Agency in person. If you apply via the e-service and have made your own housing arrangements, you do not need to visit the Swedish Migration Agency until after we have made a decision. You must visit our offices in person if you need help with housing, but please submit an application in the e-service before you come so that we can help you faster. If you do not have any money of your own, you may be entitled to financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency once you receive a decision granting you a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive.
Requirements for using the e-service
- an e-mail address
- a mobile phone
- a digital copy (photo) of the passport or ID documents of all adults covered by your application (read more about how to make correct passport copies).
If you are a Ukrainian citizen and are in Sweden, you can use the e-service to apply for a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive.
You can also apply for a residence permit for your family members who came to Sweden with you.
You can add up to three adult co-applicant family members and up to ten children under the age of 18 for whom you are a guardian. If your family consists of more people than this, you will need to submit several applications. Each person can only make one application in the e-service.
Your co-applicant family members do not need to be Ukrainian citizens, but adult family members must have a valid passport or other identity document. Children are not required to have passports or identity documents in order to obtain a residence permit. However, if the child has a passport or identity document, you must attach a copy in the e-service.
You cannot use the e-service to apply for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive if you
- are not a Ukrainian citizen,
- do not have a valid passport or other identity document,
- are under 18 and have come to Sweden without your parents or other guardians.
To use the e-service, you must create an account. After clicking the Apply button, you should
- Click the Username and password button.
- Click the Create new account link.
- Fill in your information.
Submit your application in person
If you cannot use the e-service, you must visit the Swedish Migration Agency in person to register your application. You will be asked questions about who you are and when you left Ukraine. You will need to present your passport or identity documents, and the Swedish Migration Agency will take your photograph and fingerprints.
You can apply for a residence permit for temporary protection under the Temporary Protection Directive, and can also get help with housing, at the following offices of the Swedish Migration Agency:
- Boden – Service Centre
- Gothenburg, Kållered – Arrival Unit
- Malmö – Service Centre
- Norrköping – Service Centre
- Stockholm, Märsta
- Stockholm, Sundbyberg – Service Centre
- Sundsvall – Service Centre
You cannot make an appointment to submit your application or get help with housing.
After you submit your application
If we need more information from you, we will contact you.
It takes a few days for the Swedish Migration Agency to check whether you are entitled to protection under the Temporary Protection Directive.
You can use the My page e-service to see how your case is progressing and, for example, whether a decision has been made. It may take up to two working days before you can see your case on My page.
Once we have made a decision, we will send a letter to the address you provided in your application. If you have received help with housing from the Swedish Migration Agency, a decision will be sent to the address we have given you.
It may take a few more days for the letter to reach you. Make sure that you are able to receive mail at the address you provided in your application. It is important that you notify us as soon as possible if you change your address.
Save the control number or case number you received when you applied for a residence permit. You should provide this number when you contact the Swedish Migration Agency. You can also use this number to see if we have made a decision about your application.
If you have arranged your own housing but your situation changes so that you need help with housing while you are waiting for a decision, you can visit the Swedish Migration Agency for help at any time. In that case, you should visit us at one of the offices listed above.
After the decision
After we have made a decision, you will receive a residence permit card (UT card) as proof of your residence permit with temporary protection.
If you applied via the e-service and you have not provided your photo and fingerprints when you applied, you must come to the Swedish Migration Agency before we can produce a residence permit card for you. You will receive more information about how to do this together with your decision.
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 Swedish Migration Agency can revoke your residence permit if it comes to our attention that you have given incorrect information in your application.
Once you have received a decision, you are entitled to housing and certain financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency.
Increased risk of violence, oppression and human trafficking
At times when many people are fleeing an armed conflict, the risk of being subject to violence increases. This means that you who are fleeing the war in Ukraine, especially women and children, are at risk of being exploited.
Contact the Swedish police if you are the victim of a crime. If the situation is urgent, call 112. If the situation is non-urgent, call +46 77 114 14 00.
Have you witnessed war crimes?
The Swedish police have a team investigating war crimes that may have occurred during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They want to hear from anyone who has been subjected to, or who has witnessed other civilians who have been subjected to, an armed attack or similar violence in Ukraine after 24 February 2022.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your message with “to the War Crimes Investigation Team”, or call the police’s Contact Centre at phone number 114 14 for help with contacting the right person.
Frequently asked questions about the Temporary Protection Directive
We have gathered frequently asked question about the Temporary Protection Directive regarding the application process, what rules apply and what happens after a decision has been made.