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Extend a residence permit for doctoral studies

If you have a residence permit and will continue studying after your permit expires, you must apply to extend it before your current permit expires. Apply no earlier than six months before your current permit expires.

Requirements for a residence permit extension

For a permit extension, you must

  • have a valid passport
  • be admitted to a full-time doctoral programme, which requires your presence in Sweden
  • have made acceptable progress in your studies
  • be able to support yourself during the time for which you are applying for a residence permit
  • have, or have applied for, a comprehensive health insurance policy.

Requi­re­ments to use the e-service

In order to use the e-service, you need

  • a copy of your valid passport (read more about how the copies should look)
  • a certificate from your university that shows that you have been admitted to continued studies and that you have made acceptable progress in your studies. You can refer the university to the Swedish Migration Agency’s checklist (Checklists and examples for study certificates for doctoral studiesPDF)
  • a copy of documents that show that you have, or have applied for, a comprehensive health insurance policy that is valid in Sweden (if you are not registered in Sweden and you are admitted to studies for less than one year)
  • documents that show that you have a doctoral grant or employment as a doctoral candidate with information on the monthly amount and the period during which you receive the money, or
    documents issued in your name that show that you have a stipend or the like with information on the monthly amount and the period during which you will receive the money, or
    account statements that show that you have money for your support for the time for which you are applying for a residence permit
  • be able to pay a possible fee for the application with a credit card or charge card (fees for residence permits for studies).

If you have family who live with you in Sweden, who also need to extend their permits, you apply together in the same online application.

If you have already submitted an application for a residence permit extension, your family member can submit his or her own online application afterwards.

The Swedish Migration Agency always makes an individual assessment. This means that it is not certain that your family member will receive a residence permit even if you do.

Read more about permits for your family

If your family applies for residence permit extensions at the same time, you must send in

  • copies of the pages in your family members’ passports that show personal data, photo, signature, passport number, issuing country, period of validity, entry stamps and if they have permission to live in countries other than their home country. Read about what the copies must look like on this page
  • documents, such as bank account statements, that confirm that the family’s support for living expenses has been arranged. The living expense requirement for the entire period of stay is SEK 3,500 per month for a spouse or cohabitating partner SEK 2,100 per month for each child
  • a copy of the marriage certificate or the equivalent (for married couples and registered partners)
  • documents that show that you have lived together, such as civil registration certificates, joint rental contracts or joint purchase evidence for a home (applies to cohabitating partners)
  • documents that show that you have lived together, such as civil registration certificates, joint rental contracts or joint purchase evidence for a home (applies to cohabitating partners)
  • consent from the other guardian of children under 18 if the other guardian does not accompanying you to Sweden, or evidence of sole custody. For example, this can be a court decision, or death certificate if the other parent is deceased. The consent must be signed and it should state if the child has permission to stay in Sweden for the time you intend to be here. For joint custody, a copy of the other guardian’s passport or other identification document must also be attached
  • adoption documents if the child is adopted.

You must be admitted to a doctoral programme that requires your presence in Sweden. You cannot receive a residence permit for studies at a distance.

You must include the university’s formal decision on admission as a doctoral student, with information on the date for admission. You also need to include a supplementary certificate regarding the doctoral studies, issued by the university. For these certificates, you can refer the university to the Swedish Migration Agency’s checklist.

Checklists and examples of certificates of enrolment for third-cycle studies (doctoral studies)PDF

Doctoral students who will stay in both Sweden and another country

If you are a doctoral student and you will interchangeably stay both in Sweden and in another country during your studies (according to the so-called sandwich model), you can receive a residence permit for up to two years at a time. You must then spend at least half of the time in Sweden during the permit period applied for.

A continuous stay abroad of up to one fourth of the permit period can be accepted. For a residence permit that is valid for two years, a continuous stay abroad of up to six months can be accepted. For a residence permit that is valid for one year, a continuous stay abroad of up to three months can be accepted. You must show that there is a clear structure for the studies. You must therefore submit a certificate, issued by your supervisor in Sweden, that shows how you will divide your time between Sweden and other countries during the permit period applied for. If your studies begin or end in a country other than Sweden, you will not receive a residence permit for these periods.

For these certificates, you can refer the university to the Swedish Migration Agency’s checklist.

Checklists and examples of certificates of enrolment for third-cycle studies (doctoral studies)PDF

Are these not the studies you will conduct?

Have you ended up on the wrong webpage? Information about different types of studies and how you apply is available on the focus page for higher studies.

As a doctoral student, you must send in a certificate from your supervisor with information on what programme you are attending and if you have made acceptable progress in your studies. Refer your supervisor to the Swedish Migration Agency’s checklists for certificates regarding applications for extension of residence permits for studies.

Checklists and examples of certificates of enrolment for third-cycle studies (doctoral studies)PDF

The living expense requirement for you as an applicant in 2019 is at least SEK 8,370 per month. For applications received by the Swedish Migration Agency on or after 1 January 2020, the living expense requirement is at least SEK 8,514 per month.

You must show that you have secured your financial support for the time for which you are applying for a residence permit. This means that you must show that you have money available through salary, a stipend or bank assets.

  • If you have received a doctoral grant, you must include documents with information on the monthly amount and the time during which you will receive the money.
  • If you support yourself by employment, you must submit wage specifications for the past three months and an employment contract.
  • If you have received a stipend, scholarship or the like, you must include a recently issued document in your name with information on the monthly amount and the time during which you will receive the money. It shall be clear from the document that you will still receive funds disbursed during the permit period applied for and how much of the money will be available for your living expenses.
  • If you support yourself through your own bank assets, the documents that you send in with your application to show that your support for living expenses is secured may not be older than six months. You must then include an account statement or other document that shows that you have money for your support for the entire time for which you are applying for a residence permit. Information on balance, account holder’s name and currency shall be stated by the account statement.

If you can show that you receive free housing and/or food through the higher education organiser or an organisation that works for international exchange, the amount per month can be reduced. For applications that have been received by the Swedish Migration Agency in 2019, the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,627.50 per month for free food and SEK 1,627.50 per month for free housing. For applications received on or after 1 January 2020, the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,655.50 per month for free food and SEK 1,655.50 per month for free housing.

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 a 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.

Read more about national registration on the Swedish Tax Agency websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Conditions in order to be civilly registeredexternal link, opens in new window

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

After you have sent the application

Once you have submitted an extension application, you have the right to stay in Sweden until the Swedish Migration Agency has made its decision.

Time to decision

In order to obtain an impression how long you need to wait for your decision, you can visit the page Time to decision. Note that the average time that is shown on the page is calculated based on previously decided cases in the same category. The time can vary from application to application.

Time to decision

Travel abroad during the processing period

If you travel abroad before you have had your new permit granted, it may be difficult for you to get back into Sweden. You may then need to wait for your new decision outside Sweden. It is also important to be aware that the Swedish Migration Agency no longer grants priority.

Working during the processing period

You continue to have the right to work during the time you are waiting on a decision if you had a residence permit for higher education and submitted your application for extension before your earlier residence permit expired. If you are granted an extended residence permit, you may continue to work alongside your studies.

Read more about applying for a work permit

Read more about residence permits to seek employment or investigate the possibilities of starting your own company

Permit cards

If you are granted a residence permit, you get a residence permit card. The card is a certification that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains your fingerprints and a photo of you, among other information. In order for the permit card to be manufactured, you must first book an appointment to be photographed and submit your fingerprints. You book an appointment on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

If you plan on travelling out of Sweden, the Swedish Migration Agency recommends that you wait to book an appointment until after the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision on an extended residence permit because it will then be possible to choose where the card will be sent. You can also be photographed and submit your fingerprints at a Swedish embassy or a Swedish general consulate abroad that handles migration matters. Not all embassies or general consulates have the possibility of taking appointments to photograph you and get your fingerprints. Therefore, always contact the embassy or general consulate before your visit for more information.

If you previously had a permit card

You need to be photographed and submit your fingerprints even if you previously had a residence permit card because your photo and your fingerprints cannot be saved.

The Swedish Migration Agency can revoke a permit

Your permit can be revoked if you provided incorrect information in your application or did not tell about something of significance to your residence permit. The permit can also be revoked if the conditions for the permit are no longer met.

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney can be a signed letter in which the person applying for a permit allows another person to represent him or her. A power of attorney can, for example, give someone the right to apply, be informed of the reasons for a decision, or lodge an appeal for someone else. The power of attorney must be signed by the person who gives their power of attorney to another person, and must be presented in the original if required by the Swedish Migration Agency.

  • In order to give another person power of attorney, you will need to send a letter to the Swedish Migration Agency stating
  • that it is a power of attorney
  • the name, date of birth and address of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
  • what the person who has the power of attorney has to do
    the name, personal identity number and address of the person who is given the power of attorney
  • the signature of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
  • the date and place where the power of attorney is signed.

Power of Attorney, form number 107011PDF

Information for persons arriving in Sweden with a residence permit

Do not forget to save your residence permit decision. It will be useful when contacting various national authorities and organisations.

To register as living in Sweden and obtain a Swedish personal identity number, contact the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket.external link, opens in new window

To be registered in the social insurance system, contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Försäkringskassan.external link, opens in new window

Some municipalities have municipal housing agencies where you can look for accommodation. The municipality can also give you advice on private landlords.

The municipality in which you live will offer child care and schooling for children.

If you have come to Sweden as a refugee, you may able to apply for a loan to equip your home. www.csn.se/hemutrustningslanexternal link, opens in new window

For questions about health care, contact the region where you live. Find healthcare in the whole of the country on 1177 Healthcare Service Guide.external link, opens in new window

For questions about learning Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), contact the municipality you live in. See also the website of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.external link, opens in new window

If you are looking for a job you can register with the Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.external link, opens in new window

The Swedish Pensions Agencyexternal link, opens in new window has information in Swedish about income support for the elderly for those who come to Sweden late in life and have a low or no pension.

For information about studying at colleges or universities, see Universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window or studera.nu.external link, opens in new window

For questions about student loans and grants, contact CSN.external link, opens in new window

For questions concerning driving licenses, visit the Swedish Transport Agency.external link, opens in new window

For questions about the right to vote, contact the Election Authority, Valmyndigheten.external link, opens in new window

Information from the Swedish National Agency for Education about the Swedish education system can be found at Skolverket.external link, opens in new window

Information about society in Sweden can be found in a number of languages at informationsverige.se.external link, opens in new window

For more information on society in Sweden visit the website of the Swedish Institute.external link, opens in new window

Hej hej Sverige!external link, opens in new window has simple and inspiring films about how Sweden works.

On the page Learn Swedish on www.informationsverige.se,external link, opens in new window you will find links to several programmes for learning Swedish on your own.

The information service at the Swedish Consumer Agencyexternal link, opens in new window can answer your questions about buying goods and services and about contract terms and conditions.

Last updated: 2020-05-19

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