21 April 2021

The Swedish Migra­tion Agency is chan­ging the previous atten­dance requi­re­ments for full-time studies

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Swedish Migration Agency is adjusting the rules for 2021 in three areas for those who have or are going to apply for a residence permit to study in Sweden.

For applications for a residence permit for studies, the Swedish Migration Agency is removing the previous requirements requiring a minimum of 50 percent attendance for campus studies. This means that your teaching can take place via remote learning during this period. The starting point is still that you must stay in Sweden to complete your education.

This change covers courses that were originally supposed to have been conducted on campus, but which, due to the pandemic, will be conducted entirely or partially via remote learning.

The reason for the loosening of the rules is that attendance on campus cannot be decisive for the agency’s assessment of residence permits for full-time students, because higher education institutions have adapted their activities to national advice and recommendations based on the current situation.

Excep­tion to the requi­re­ment for full-time studies during the summer

The Swedish Migration Agency is keeping in place the previous exception to the requirement for full-time studies during the summer months, June, July and August.

This means that this year, the agency is also deviating from the general rule for residence permits for studies, which otherwise state that you must leave the country while you are not studying and be located in another country when you apply for a new permit for the coming semester.

The exception applies to those who are studying and who have finished their studies for the spring 2021 semester (or are about to do so) and plan to continue their studies in the forthcoming 2021 semester or during the 2021/2022 academic year.

Permits can be granted from 1 August

Residence permits for higher education studies can be granted from 1 August 2021, regardless of when the education starts. The permit period for residence permits for higher education studies normally starts 14 days before the start of the semester.

The exception applies to those who are granted a residence permit at colleges and universities, for the autumn semester of 2021.

The purpose of the decision is to make it easier for higher education institutions to offer study preparation courses to their international students before the start of the semester.

The extension of the permit period for 2021 does not cover studies in post-secondary courses not conducted at a university or college, such as most forms of other studies and vocational training. In these cases, you cannot obtain a permit for longer than two weeks before and after your studies.