Frequently asked ques­tions about the Tempo­rary Protec­tion Directive for you from Ukraine

On this page you will find frequently asked questions about the Temporary Protection Directive for you who come from Ukraine.

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This page lists frequently asked questions about the Temporary Protection Directive for persons from Ukraine. For more general information on the situation in Ukraine, visit the page The situation in Ukraine.

The tempo­rary protec­tion directive – rules and how to apply

Stay in Sweden for 90 days

Ukrainian citizens with biometric national passports or Schengen visas can stay in Sweden for 90 days and do not need to contact the Swedish Migration Agency following entry as long as the 90 days have not passed.

Temporary Protection Directive

EU Member States have activated the Temporary Protection Directive. This means that persons who come to Sweden from Ukraine can get immediate protection and a temporary residence permit.

The permit gives you the opportunity to get help with finding housing, the right to work, the right to seek basic care, the right to schooling for children, and certain financial support in Sweden.

Read more about the Temporary Protection Directive and how to apply

Asylum

A person from Ukraine will in the first instance be granted a residence permit in accordance with the Temporary Protection Directive. A person in need of protection, who does not meet the requirements for a permit in accordance with the Temporary Protection Directive, can apply for asylum. An application for asylum is always examined individually.

Read more about how to apply for asylum

Other grounds for residence permit in Sweden

Other grounds for residence permit in Sweden include a permit to work, study, or live with your family that already lives in Sweden. The requirements for obtaining a residence permit differ depending on the permit you are applying for. In most cases, you need to apply from outside Sweden in order to be granted the residence permit. More information about different residence permits can be found under the menu entry Private individuals on our website.

If you are a Ukrainian citizen, are in Sweden and have a valid passport or other Ukrainian identification documents, you can use the e-service to apply. If you cannot use the e-service or if you are in urgent need of somewhere to stay, you can visit us in person.

Apply for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive online or in person

No, you must be in Sweden when you submit the application.

When you apply for a permit under the Temporary Protection Directive you need to show who you are. If you do not have a passport or a national ID card, you can present other documents that state your identity. For example, you can show us a driving licence, birth certificate, citizenship certificate or military service book. Such documents can help to prove that you are a person with the right to protection under the Temporary Protection Directive.

If your family member can get to Sweden and has a biometric passport or a Schengen visa, they have the right to stay here for up to 90 days without a residence permit.

Your family member can apply for temporary protection.

Read more about the Temporary Protection Directive and how to apply

Family members who have a residence permit or citizenship in Sweden can sign up on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ “Swedish list” External link, opens in new window..

If you live in Sweden and your family member does not have a residence permit or citizenship in Sweden, in some cases she/he may have the right to apply for a residence permit on the grounds of close family ties to you. There are no special rules for people from Ukraine; the same rules apply to anyone applying on the grounds of close family ties.

Read more about the rules for close family ties

If you bring a pet from Ukraine to the Swedish border, you must report the animal to the customs staff. An assessment is then made on a case-by-case basis. You can read more about what rules apply for pets on the website of Jordbruksverket. They have information in Swedish, English and Ukrainian.

Pets from Ukraine (Jordbruksverket) External link, opens in new window.

If an animal from Ukraine is in Sweden without having been checked by customs personnel at the border, the animal must be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible, for an assessment of the animal's rabies status.

Questions and answers about rabies – regarding pets from Ukraine (The Public Health Agency of Sweden) (in Swedish) External link, opens in new window.

No, the Swedish Migration Agency does not keep your passport. You need the passport to identify yourself during your stay in Sweden.

If you do not have any money of your own, you can get financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency when you apply for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive. You must hand in your application for financial support in person or by sending a signed form to the Swedish Migration Agency.

Read more about financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency

The Swedish government has decided that people who came to Sweden before 24 February should also be able to receive protection under the Temporary Protection Directive. It is required that you entered Sweden on or after 30 October 2021 and have stayed in Sweden.

If you have already applied for asylum, you do not need to do anything. The Swedish Migration Agency will examine your application and its first move will be to grant you temporary protection under the Temporary Protection Directive, provided that you meet the requirements.

After the decision has been made

You can obtain a residence permit that is valid from the date you are granted the permit until March 4, 2023.

Yes, you can start looking for work after your residence permit has been granted.

Yes, persons with a permit for temporary protection are covered by the Reception of Asylum Seekers Act (LMA), like asylum seekers. This means you have the right to school for your children, the right to work, the right to health care that cannot wait and certain financial support if needed.

If you have been granted a residence permit for temporary protection you will get a residence permit card as proof that you are permitted to live in Sweden. The card will show what kind of permit you have, that you have the right to LMA and that you have the right to work in Sweden.

Your residence permit card is produced for you after the Swedish Migration Agency has decided to grant you a residence permit. Before we can order the card for you, you need to be photographed and provide your fingerprints. If you were photographed and provided fingerprints when you applied for protection or housing, you do not need to do anything. If you applied for protection in the e-service and have not yet been fingerprinted and photographed, you will need to make an appointment to do so.

Book an appointment before you visit us

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 Adressanmälan/Adressändring (Mot93) form to your nearest Unit for Reception.

Form to notify us of your new address: Adressanmälan/adressändring (Mot93) (in Swedish) Pdf, 631.9 kB, opens in new window.

No you will not be registered as resident in Sweden and will not get a Swedish personal identity number.

Read more on the Swedish Tax Agency's website External link, opens in new window.

When the Swedish Migration Agency has decided that you will receive financial support, you will receive a bank card and information about how it works. We will send you the bank card by post or contact you and tell you where you can pick up the bank card.

Read more about financial support

Yes, you are allowed to leave Sweden and come back as long as your residence permit is valid. If you have a residence permit in Sweden, you have the right to travel freely within the EU for up to 90 days during a six-month period.

You may lose your right to aid under the Act on Reception of Asylum Seekers (i.e., housing and financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency) if you leave Sweden, but if you return to Sweden while your permit is still valid, you may be entitled to receive aid under the Act on Reception of Asylum Seekers again. If you need help with housing when you return, there is no guarantee that you will be able to stay in the same place where you previously lived.

No, the Swedish Migration Agency does not revoke residence permits granted on the grounds of protection under the Temporary Protection Directive. However, if you leave Sweden you may lose your right to aid under the Act on Reception of Asylum Seekers (i.e., housing and financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency). If you move to another EU country and apply for a residence permit there, you residence permit in Sweden no longer be valid.

Yes, you can travel up to 90 days in a six-month period within the EU without losing your residence permit. However, if you leave Sweden you may lose your right to aid under the Act on Reception of Asylum Seekers (i.e., housing and financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency).

The residence permit that you receive from the Swedish Migration Agency only gives you the right to live in Sweden. If you want to move to another EU country, you must register in that country in accordance with the Temporary Protection Directive. If you are granted a residence permit in another EU country, your Swedish permit no longer applies. You can only have a permit in one country at a time.

If you wish to live in Sweden, you must apply to the Swedish Migration Agency for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive.

For you who came to Sweden before Russia's inva­sion

As long as your residence permit is still valid you don't have to do anything. If your residence permit is about to expire and your grounds for the residence permit remains, you can apply for an extension.

If you don't meet the requirements to extend your residence permit, for example if your studies or your relationship has ended, and you can't return to Ukraine because of the war, you can apply for protection. If you came to Sweden on 30 October 2021 or later, you can apply for a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive.

If you don't meet the requirements for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive, you can instead apply for asylum. Visit your nearest reception unit if you want to apply for asylum.

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