More people from Ukraine can get protection in Sweden

The Swedish Government has decided to change the rules for who can receive a residence permit with temporary protection under the Temporary Protection Directive. The change will come into force on 26 April, and means that more people who lived in Ukraine will be able to receive protection in Sweden.

Previously, only people who fled Ukraine on 24 February or later, that is, from the first day of the Russian invasion, could seek refuge under the Temporary Protection Directive. However, the Government has now decided to change the date limit for who is covered by the Temporary Protection Directive, so that it may also apply to people who were already in Sweden before 24 February.

More people are covered by the Tempo­rary Protec­tion Directive

If you came to Sweden on 30 October 2021 or later, you can apply for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive starting 26 April. This applies to those who, for example, came to Sweden for a visit or to apply for asylum. It is required that you have remained in Sweden after the security situation in Ukraine deteriorated.

If you have already applied for asylum

If you came to Sweden before 24 February and applied for asylum, you do not need to do anything. The Swedish Migration Agency will look at whether you can get protection under the Temporary Protection Directive without you needing to wait for an asylum investigation.

Read more about how to apply for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive

Read about what rights you have in Sweden and what support you can get after you receive a decision