Extending a residence permit for universities and university colleges

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

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.

In most cases you will need to pay a fee.

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.

Learn 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 at a university or university college
  • have made acceptable progress in your studies
  • be able to support yourself during the period you are requesting a residence permit for
  • have 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. Full-time study means 30 higher education points per term. When your studies are going according to plan and follow regular study hours, you may submit, for example, a statement showing registration with the place of study 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 have had a residence permit for regular study hours and are applying to extend your permit to complete your studies, you should also enclose a certificate from your instructor or other person at the university or university college who is familiar with your studies. The certificate must explain why your studies have taken longer than originally expected. The certificate should contain details of the start date and the normal end date of your course, and when you are expected to have completed your course. The certificate should also indicate how many points you have left on your course. It is important that it states whether the points you have left relate to whole courses or a single part of a course.

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). The certificate should also state how much of the examination work is left and when you are expected to have completed it.

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.

The Migration Agency’s checklist for certificates for doctoral studiesPDF

For certificates relating to studies over and above regular study hours or examination work, see The Migration Agency’s checklist for the extension of residence permits for studiesPDF.

You must have made acceptable progress in your studies

If you are following a course or programme at basic level or advanced level, you must enclose excerpts from the university or university college register indicating that you have made acceptable progress in your studies. 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 at the university or university college who is familiar with your studies, with details of which courses are outstanding and when they are expected to be completed. The certificate should also state the reasons why you have not attained acceptable grades. 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 for points because of 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, when you started the course, and what date you are expected to complete your studies. The certificate must also describe what progress you have made with your studies during the most recent period of your residence permit, and whether your studies are going as planned. If your studies have taken longer than expected, the reasons for this should be stated. If you receive a wage or a grant, details of this must also be given on the certificate. Please refer your instructor to the Migration Agency’s checklists for certificates for extending residence permits to study.

The Migration Agency’s checklist for certificates for extending residence permits to studyPDF

The Migration Agency’s checklist for a certificate for doctoral studiesPDF

You must be able to support yourself

The maintenance requirement for people applying before 1 January 2017 is at least SEK 7,974 per month. For applications that are received by the Migration Agency on 1 January 2017 or later the maintenance requirement is at least SEK 8,064 per month.

If you are going to study for one year or longer, you must show that your maintenance is secured for ten months of the year. See example in the fact box below.

You must enclose bank statements or other documents showing how you have supported yourself for the last three months and that you have enough money to support you for the whole period of your application for a residence permit. If you have several bank accounts, you must enclose statements from all your accounts. The statement must contain details of the balance, the name of the account holder and the currency. Bank assets must be on an account that belongs to you and from which only you and your husband or wife, if you have one, can withdraw money. If you share the account with, for example, your parents or a relative, the bank assets will not be regarded as your own. Nor does the Migration Agency approve the sponsoring of your support by anyone else (for example, a relative or a company) during your stay in Sweden, if there is no money on your account. Credit, funds or shares are not counted as your own bank assets.

If you have been receiving a grant or similar (for example, study assistance), 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 the grant during the period of the permit applied for, and how much of the money will be available for your maintenance.

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 university, university college or an organisation that works with international exchange, the amount per month may be reduced. For applications that are received by the Migration Agency before 1 January 2017 the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,550.50 per month for free food and SEK 1,550.50 per month for free accommodation. For applications that are received on 1 January 2017 or later, the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,568 per month for free food and SEK 1,568.00 per month for free accommodation.


 Example of the maintenance requirement

Study period

You must have at least

Your husband, wife or cohabiting partner must have at least

Support requirement per child

6 months


SEK 48,384 kronor (6 x SEK 8,064)


SEK 21,000 (6 x SEK 3,500)


SEK 12,600 (6 x SEK 2,100)


12 months

SEK 80,640 (10 x SEK 8,064)

SEK 42,000 (12 x SEK 3,500)

SEK 25,200 (12 x SEK 2,100)

13 months

SEK 88,704 (11 x SEK 8,064)

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

SEK 27,300 (13 x 2,100)

 

You must have a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy that is valid in Sweden

If you are registered with the Civil Registry in Swedenexternal link, opens in new window, you are considered to have a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy. If you have been accepted onto a course of study of less than one year, you will not be registered with the Civil Registry in Sweden. If you do not have insurance with the university or university college, you must be insured by your country of origin or have your own insurance.

The insurance policy must be valid for the whole period of your stay in Sweden and cover the costs of emergency and other medical care, as well as hospitalisation. It must also cover the costs of transport home on medical grounds.

These documents must be enclosed with your application for renewal:

  • 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 a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy that is valid for Sweden (if you are accepted for studies for less than one year). If you have insurance with the university or university college, you must enclose a certificate for this
  • bank statements showing how you have supported yourself for the last three months and 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 been receiving a grant or similar (for example, study assistance), with the details of the monthly amount and for what period you will continue to receive the money, or
  • a document confirming that you have been receiving 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, and that they have been able to do so for the last three months.

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 permit, you will be given a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to remain in Sweden and contains a photo of you and your fingerprints. You should, therefore, book a time to have your photograph and fingerprints taken as soon as possible.

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 no longer grants 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 at a university college for six months 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.

Learn more about how to apply for a work permit

Learn 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.

The Swedish Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

Your permit may be withdrawn if you gave incorrect information in your application or did not tell us something that was important for your residence permit. The permit may also be withdrawn if the conditions you met earlier are no longer fulfilled, for example, if you are no longer studying.

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

If you do not get a residence permit, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date when you were informed of the decision. If you have given someone power of attorney to represent you, that person can appeal the decision. If you are under 18 years of age, you cannot appeal in person. The appeal is made by your parents or custodian on your behalf.

If you are in Sweden and your application is refused

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application for a residence permit, this means that you do not have the right to a residence permit in Sweden. You can choose to accept the decision or to appeal it. Even if you choose to appeal, you still have to plan to return to your country of origin or the country where you have the right of stay.

The Swedish Migration Agency sends the decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency notifies you of the decision, it may use simplified service of process. This is done in the following way.

Simplified service means that the Migration Agency will send you the decision in an ordinary letter to the address you have said that you live at. On the following day we will send you another letter, to the same address, with the information that we have sent you a decision. We do this in order to reduce the risk of errors. When using this method, the Migration Agency considers that you have received and read the decision (had it served on you) two weeks after sending it to you. You then have three weeks in which to appeal the decision, should you wish to do so.

If you receive the second letter (verifying that the decision has been sent to you) but not the first (containing the decision), you must contact the Migration Agency as soon as possible.

If the address you have given us cannot be used, and you are registered in the Swedish population register, the decision and verification letter may be sent to your address in the population register.

Remember to check your postbox regularly. If you appeal, the administrative court may also choose to serve the decision on you by means of simplified service.

Appealing a residence permit decision

If you do not appeal, your decision will enter into force three weeks after you received the decision. You can also show that you accept the decision by signing what is called a declaration of acceptance. Once you have signed it, you cannot appeal and you have to prepare to leave Sweden.

If you do not accept the decision, you have the right to appeal. You have to send your appeal to the Swedish Migration Agency. The Migration Agency will first reconsider its decision. If the Agency does not change its decision, your appeal is examined by the migration court. Your appeal must be received by the Migration Agency before the decision enters into force, which it does three weeks from the date when you received the decision.

Read more about what happens when an application is refused

Power of attorney to represent you

If you want someone else to represent you in your case with the Migration Agency, you can grant someone a power of attorney. A power of attorney may, for example, give someone else the right to make an application, be advised of the reasons for a decision or appeal against a decision on your behalf. The power of attorney must be written and signed by you as the person granting the power of attorney to someone else, and must be presented, in the original, if requested by the Migration Agency. If you are over 18 and want a member of your family to represent you, you will also need to submit a power of attorney.

To grant a power of attorney to another person, you may use the form Power of Attorney. The form applies to you if you have applied for a residence permit on the grounds of work, study, connections or visit.

Power of Attorney, form number 107011PDF

If you do not apply online

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

Application for the extension of a residence permit for students and doctoral students, form number 115011 (in English)PDF

Application by co-applicants to students and doctoral students, form number 135011 (in English)PDF

In most cases you must pay a fee.

Learn more about fees and how to pay

Last updated: 2017-06-13

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