Permanent residence permits for doctoral students
If you have lived in Sweden and had a residence permit for doctoral studies for a total of four years over the past seven years, you may be able to get a permanent residence permit. Studies at a PhD-/doctoral level are studies that will lead to a licentiate degree, licentiate degree in design, doctoral degree or a doctoral degree in design.
Requirements for residence permits
To get a permanent residence permit, you must
- have lived in Sweden with a residence permit for doctoral studies for a total of four years over the past seven years. For the calculation, the seven year period ends on the date you submit your application for a permanent residence permit
- be planning to live in Sweden.
How to apply
You can apply for a permanent residence permit online.
If members of your family are living with you in Sweden, apply together online. If you have already got a permanent residence permit, your family must make a separate application at a later date.
You will normally have to pay a fee.
Enclose the following documents with your application
- copies of the pages in your passport that show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport-issuing country, the validity period of the passport, entry stamps and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.
- a copy of your university’s earlier decision showing that you have been accepted for doctoral studies in Sweden
- a certificate from your supervisor or your university stating that you have studied or are still studying at doctoral level and giving the start and finish dates of your studies.
Check that the information on the documents you send is clearly visible. On passport copies, the figures and characters at the top and bottom of the passport pages must also be clearly visible and legible. The documents should be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. You must always send us a copy of the original document.
If you and your family are applying at the same time, you must also enclose
- copies of the pages in your family members' passports that show their personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport-issuing country, the validity period of the passport, entry stamps, and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin
- copies of marriage certificates or the equivalent (applies to married couples or registered partners)
- documents that show that you have lived together, such as a population registry certificate, joint rental contract or proof of joint purchase of your home if you have lived together outside Sweden
- forms Declaration of Cohabitation, number 242011B, and Family Information, number 238011, which you should complete together
- a birth certificate or other proof of birth for any children showing the names of the parents
- consent from the other guardian, if they are not also coming to Sweden, or proof that a family member is the sole guardian. This could be a court order, or a death certificate if the other parent has died. If there is joint guardianship, a copy of the other guardian’s passport or another form of identification must also be provided. This applies to children under 18
- adoption papers if the child is adopted.
If you have a family that is also applying for a permanent residence permit, you may be subject to a maintenance requirement. This means you must be able to support yourself and your family and have accommodation that is of the right size and standard to enable you and your family to live together there. If you are subject to the maintenance requirement, you will have to answer questions about how you support yourself and the size and standard of your accommodation.
Once we have received your application
If you are in Sweden and have submitted an application for a permanent residence permit, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Migration Agency has made a decision. If you are outside Sweden, the residence permit must have been issued before you travel to Sweden.
If you receive a permit you will also receive a residence permit card. The card proves that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains information such as your fingerprints and photograph. You must therefore book an appointment at the Migration Agency to be photographed and provide your fingerprinted as soon as possible. This needs to be done even if you previously have had a residence permit card since your photo and fingerprints are not saved.
Travelling abroad during the processing time
If you are travelling abroad as your permit expires, you may have trouble re-entering Sweden before your new permit is approved. You may need to await your new permit outside of Sweden. If you urgently need to return to Sweden before this, it is possible to apply for an entry visa. This visa allows you to travel back to Sweden and wait for the decision about your extension. Apply for a visa at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you are now.
Working while studying
You may continue to work while you are waiting for the decision if you have had a residence permit for study at a university or university college for at least six months and if you send us your application for a permanent residence permit before your current residence permit expires.
If you get a permanent residence permit, you will not need a work permit and you may continue to work.
After the decision has been made
The decision will be sent to your address in Sweden. If you have been photographed and have provided your fingerprints for the residence permit card at the Swedish Migration Agency, your card will be sent to your address in Sweden within one week.
If you do not live in Sweden, you will be given the decision by the Embassy or consulate-general that you have specified in your application.
If you do not apply online
you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the form Application for permanent residence permit for doctoral studies, number 117011, and Family details – Appendix to your application, number 239011.
Send your application to the Swedish Migration Agency, Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.
The application form specifies which documents to enclose.
In most cases you must pay a fee.