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Extending a residence permit for higher education

If you have a residence permit and plan to continue studying after your permit expires, you must apply to extend it.

Information about a pilot project on two-year permits for degree programme students

During the period 16 October 2019 to 16 October 2022 a pilot project in cooperation between the Swedish Migration Agency and five higher education institutions enables students to apply for two-year residence permits for studies.

The higher education institutions taking part in the pilot project are:

  • Jönköping University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
  • Linnaeus University
  • Lund University
  • Umeå University.

During this period a student admitted to a multi-year degree programme at any of these higher education institutions will be able to apply for a two-year residence permit for studies in Sweden. This providing that all conditions, including the student’s ability to support, are met for the whole of the permit period applied for.

How to apply

You can apply to extend you permit online. Apply at the earliest six months before your current permit expires. You should submit your application while your current permit is still valid. Note that, unlike first-time applications, there is no requirement that the permit validity period be longer than three months.

In most cases you will need to pay a fee.

Application fees for residence permits

If members of your family are living with you in Sweden and also need to extend their permits, you should apply together in your online application.

If you have already submitted your application to extend your permit, family members can apply online separately at a later date.

The Migration Agency always makes an individual assessment. This means that it’s not for definite that your family member will be given a residence permit even if you have been given one.

Read more about permits for the family

Before submitting your application

Check that the information given on the documents you enclose is clear. Important details, such as your name, must be given in the documents. The information in the documents should be as recent as possible. The documents should also be translated into Swedish or English by certified translators, if the contents are in another language. Copies of the original document must always be enclosed with translations of documents.

Read more about the online application requirements

Requirements for extending a residence permit

To extend your residence permit, you must

  • hold a valid passport
  • be accepted on a course of full-time study in higher education
  • have made acceptable progress in your studies
  • be able to support yourself during the period you are requesting a residence permit for
  • have, or have applied for, a comprehensive insurance policy.

You must hold a valid passport

Enclose copies of the pages in your passport that show your personal details, photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin. It is important that the whole of the passport page is copied. Numbers and lettering at the very top and bottom of the pages must also be clearly visible. If your passport is about to expire, you should get it renewed as you cannot get a permit for longer than your passport is valid.

You must be accepted on a course of full-time study

You must enclose a certificate to confirm that you have been accepted onto a continued full-time study course. When your studies are going according to plan and follow regular study hours, you may submit, for example, a statement showing registration with the higher education provider with your application. If you are studying on several study programmes, you must submit a certificate to confirm which courses remain for each programme.

If you will be studying on a programme or course other than the one you were accepted for when you applied previously, you must enclose a new acceptance advice, confirming that you will be studying full-time.

If you have been accepted as a doctoral student, you must enclose the decision of the place of study to accept you as a doctoral student, with details of the date of acceptance. You need to have final acceptance on the study course to be granted a residence permit. Therefore, a certificate stating that you will be accepted as a doctoral student is not sufficient. You also need to enclose a more comprehensive certificate with the details of the doctoral studies, issued by the place of study.

Checklists and examples of attestation of third-cycle studies (doctoral studies)PDF

Delayed studies

If you have had a residence permit for regular study hours and are applying to extend your permit to complete your studies over and above regular study hours, you should also enclose a certificate from your instructor or other person who is familiar with your studies.

If you have started your examination work, and it has taken longer than expected, you must also enclose a recently issued certificate from your instructor describing how the work is progressing.

For certificates relating to studies over and above regular study hours or examination work, please refer your instructor or other person concerned to the Migration Agency's checklists for attestation required for the extension of residence permits granted for studies.

Checklists and examples for attestation of delayed studies – extension of studies (Bachelor's or Master's)PDF

You must have made acceptable progress in your studies

You must also send in a certificate from the higher education provider that shows that you have made acceptable progress in your studies. If you are studying at a university or university college, you can also send in a register transcript that shows what course components you have completed. The register transcript should contain information on course components of courses taken. For studies at university or university college it is a requirement that you have taken 15 higher education points during the first year, 22.5 points during the second year, and 30 points during the third and subsequent years.

If you have started your examination work, you must also enclose a recently issued certificate from your instructor describing how the work is progressing. The certificate should indicate how much of the examination work, as an approximate percentage, you have managed to do so far (specifically during the previous permit period).

If you have not attained acceptable grades, you must enclose a certificate from your instructor or other person who is familiar with your studies. Please refer the person preparing the certificate to the Migration Agency’s checklists for certificates for extending residence permits to study. If you have not been able to meet the requirements acceptable progress in your studies due to illness or similar, you must submit a copy of a doctor’s certificate. The doctor’s certificate must describe how your ability to study was affected.

If you are a doctoral student, you must enclose a certificate from your instructor with information on what course you are attending. Please refer your instructor to the Migration Agency’s checklists for certificates for extending residence permits to study.

Checklists and examples for attestation of delayed studies – extension of studies (Bachelor's or Master's)PDF

Checklists and examples of attestation of third-cycle studies (doctoral studies)PDF

You must be able to support your­self

The maintenance requirement is:

  • at least SEK 8,370 per month (for applications submitted in 2019)
  • at least SEK 8,514 per month (for applications submitted after 1 January 2020).

See example in the fact box below. 


 Example of the maintenance requirement

Permit validity period

You must have at least

Your husband, wife or cohabiting partner must have at least

Support requirement per child

6 months


SEK 51,084 (6 x SEK 8,514)


SEK 21,000 (6 x SEK 3,500)


SEK 12,600 (6 x SEK 2,100)


12 months

SEK 102,168 (12 x SEK 8,514)

SEK 42,000 (12 x SEK 3,500)

SEK 25,200 (12 x SEK 2,100)

13 months

SEK 110,682 (13 x SEK 8,514)

SEK 45,500 (13 x SEK 3,500)

SEK 27,300 (13 x 2,100)

 

Information about a pilot project on two-year permits for degree programme students

During the period 16 October 2019 to 16 October 2022 a pilot project in cooperation between the Swedish Migration Agency and five higher education institutions enables students to apply for two-year residence permits for studies.

The higher education institutions taking part in the pilot project are:

  • Jönköping University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
  • Linnaeus University
  • Lund University
  • Umeå University.

During this period a student admitted to a multi-year degree programme at any of these higher education institutions will be able to apply for a two-year residence permit for studies in Sweden. This providing that all conditions, including the student’s ability to support, are met for the whole of the permit period applied for.

When you apply for an extension of your residence permit to study, you must be able to demonstrate that your maintenance is secured. The documents that you send alongside your application in order to demonstrate that your maintenance is secured must not be older than six months, unless it is about regular income such as a grant etc.

You must enclose account statements or other documents showing that you have enough money to support you for the whole period of your application for a residence permit. The account statement must contain details of the balance, the name of the account holder and the currency.

If you have been receiving a grant or similar, you must enclose a recently prepared document in your name with the details of the monthly amount and for what period you are receiving the money. The document must indicate that you will continue to receive money during the period of the permit applied for, and how much of the money will be available for your maintenance.

If you support yourself by employment, you must submit wage specifications for the last three months and an employment contract.

If you are a doctoral student and have received a study allowance or a wage for employment as a researcher, you must enclose documents with details of the monthly amount and for what period you are receiving the money.

If you can show that you are receiving free accommodation and/or food from a higher education provider or an organisation that works with international exchange, the amount per month may be reduced. For applications that are received by the Migration Agency during 2019 the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,627.50 per month for free food and SEK 1,672.50 per month for free accommodation. For applications that are received on 1 January 2020 or later, the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,655.50 per month for free food and SEK 1,655.50 per month for free accommodation. 

You must have, or have applied for, a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy

If the total continuous period of time for your residence permits in Sweden is more than one year, you can be registered in the national registration. If you are nationally registered in Sweden, you are considered to have comprehensive health insurance.

If the total continuous period of time for your residence permits in Sweden is less than one year, you cannot be registered in the national registration in Sweden. Then you must have, or have applied for, your own insurance. The insurance must be valid for the entire time you will be in Sweden and cover costs for emergency and other medical care, dental care and hospital stays. It must also cover expenses for transportation home for medical reasons.

What to send with your extension application

Please attach these documents when you send your application extension:

  • copy of valid passport
  • a certificate to show that you have been accepted for further studies or an acceptance advice that you will be attending another course of education
  • a certificate showing outstanding studies, if the studies have not been completed in the time expected
  • a document showing that you have made acceptable progress in your studies
  • copy of documents confirming that you have, or have applied for, a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy that is valid for Sweden (if you are not registered with the national registration in Sweden, and if you are accepted for studies for less than one year)
  • account statement showing that you have enough money to support yourself for the period of your application for a residence permit, or
  • a document in your name confirming that you have a grant or similar, with the details of the monthly amount and for what period you will receive the money, or
  • a document confirming that you have a study allowance (applies to doctoral students) or have been employed as a research student, with details of the monthly amount and for what period you are receiving the money.

If your family are also applying for an extension of their residence permits

If your family are applying to extend their residence permits at the same time, you must enclose

  • copies of the pages in their passport that show their personal details, photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, entry stamps, and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin. If their passports are about to expire, they should get them renewed as they cannot get a permit for longer than their passports are valid.
  • documents, for example bank statements, confirming that your family can support themselves.

The maintenance requirement for the entire period of the stay is SEK 3,500 per month for a husband, wife, cohabiting partner, and SEK 2,100 per month for each child.

If your family have not applied for residences permits previously, you must also enclose

  • a copy of the marriage certificate, confirmation of marriage or similar (applies to married couples and registered partners)
  • a document showing that you have been living together, for example, a Civil Registry certificate, joint rental agreement or document confirming joint purchase of a property (applies to cohabitants)
  • birth certificates for children showing the parents’ names
  • the consent of the other custodian of children under 18, if the other custodian is not accompanying them to Sweden, or proof of sole custody. This can be, for example, a court decision or death certificate if the other parent is deceased. It should be clear from the consent given that the child has permission to remain in Sweden for the time you intend to remain here. In the case of shared custody, a copy of the other custodian’s passport or other identity document must also be enclosed
  • adoption papers if the child is adopted.

Read more about permits for your family

Shorter processing time for complete applications

To enable the Migration Agency to make a decision on your case, all details must be complete and all the necessary documents must be enclosed. This means that the processing time is shorter if everything required is included from the start, rather than having to provide additional information afterwards.

Please note that the Migration Agency may in some cases need to investigate your application further, even if all details are complete and all documents are provided.

Time to a decision

To get an idea of how long you will need to wait for a decision, you can visit the site Time to a decision. Please note that the average time shown on the site is calculated on the basis of previous cases in the same category. The time may vary from one application to another.

When we have received your application

When you have submitted an application for renewal, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Migration Agency has made a decision.

If you are granted a residence permit, you will be given a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to remain in Sweden and contains your fingerprints and a photograph of you. In order for the residence permit card to be manufactured you must first book an appointment to have your photograph and fingerprints taken. You book an appointment through the Swedish Migration Agency's website. If you plan to leave Sweden, the Swedish Migration Agency recommends that you wait to book an appointment until after the Swedish Migration Agency has decided on an extended residence permit, as you then can choose where the card should be sent. You can also have your photograph and fingerprints taken at a Swedish embassy or a Swedish consulate-general abroad that handles migration cases. Not all embassies or consulates-general have the possibility to photograph you and take your fingerprints. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before your visit.

If you have had a residence permit previously

You need to have your photograph and fingerprints taken even if you have had a residence permit previously, as your photograph and fingerprints cannot be saved.

Travel abroad during the proces­sing time

If you travel abroad before your new permit is granted, it may be difficult for you to enter Sweden. You may need to wait for a new decision outside Sweden. It is also important to be aware that the Migration Agency does not grant priority.

Working while studying

You are still entitled to work while you are waiting for a decision if you have had a residence permit to study in higher education and have submitted your application for renewal before your previous residence permit expired.

If you have renewed your residence permit, you may continue to work while you are studying.

If you wish to work in Sweden after completing your studies, you must apply for a work permit. You can also apply for a residence permit to look for work or investigate the possibility of starting your own business in Sweden.

Read more about how to apply for a work permit

Read more about residence permits to allow you to look for work or look into starting your own business in Sweden

After the deci­sion

If you are granted a residence permit, the decision will be sent to your home address in Sweden, and the residence permit card will be sent to your home within approximately one week.

If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application, it means you are not entitled to a residence permit for Sweden. You may lodge an appeal against the decision within three weeks of the date when you received notification of the decision. Information on how to lodge an appeal can be found in your decision. If you have given someone a power of attorney document that authorises him/her to represent you, this person is able to lodge an appeal on your behalf.

Read more about how to appeal

If you are still in Sweden when your application is rejected, you must leave the country within the timescale given in the decision.

Read more about what you need to know if you have had your application rejected and are still in Sweden

If you do not apply online

If you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the form Application for a residence permit for students – Application to extend, number 115011. Send your application to the Swedish Migration Agency, Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.

Application for a residence permit for students – Application to extend, form number 115011PDF

Application by co-applicants to students and doctoral students, form number 135011PDF

In most cases you must pay a fee.

Application fees for residence permits

Last updated: 2020-03-13

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