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If you have applied for asylum, have received a temporary residence permit, and are working

If you have applied for asylum and have received a temporary residence permit and can support yourself, then in certain cases you may be able to get a permanent residence permit. In your application, it is important that you show that you meet all the requirements, and you must apply for an extension before your temporary permit expires. In order to obtain a permanent residence permit, your employer must have reported your employment to the Swedish Tax Agency.

If you have applied for asylum and received a temporary residence permit, you have the right to work. This also applies to those of you who have a temporary residence permit due to exceptionally distressing circumstances, or due to impediments to enforcement. If you submit an extension application before your earlier permit has run out, you have the right to continue working until the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision. If you meet all requirements, you will receive a permanent residence permit.

Your employer must make a regi­stra­tion with the Swedish Tax Agency

When you start working, your employer must submit a notification to the Swedish Tax Agency. Your employer submits the notification by filling in a form stating your name, address and period of employment. In order for you to be able to obtain a permanent residence permit, you must have started working by the time the Swedish Migration Agency examines your application, i.e. when your temporary residence permit expires. Your employer must have reported your employment to the Swedish Tax Agency before the Swedish Migration Agency makes its decision.

The Swedish Migration Agency contacts the Swedish Tax Agency to check that your employer has reported your employment in time. You do not have to send in a certificate showing that your employment has been reported. If your employer has not reported your employment to the Swedish Tax Agency in time, the Migration Agency cannot grant you a permanent residence permit, even if you meet the other requirements for a continuation of your permit.

Your employer has to use the form “Notification – Employment of a foreigner SKV 1160”, to report your employment to the Swedish Tax Agency.

The form and more information are available on the Swedish Tax Agency’s websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Requi­re­ments for a perma­nent resi­dence permit

For you to be able to receive a permanent residence permit, it is required that

  • you have a temporary residence permit according to the temporary law
  • you have sufficient income to be able to support yourself (you can combine the incomes you may have from more than one job and/or company)
  • your terms of employment are at least in line with Swedish collective agreements, or with what is normal in your occupation or industry. Besides wages, your terms of employment also include insurance
  • you have permanent employment, or an employment contract of at least two years
  • your employer has notified the Swedish Tax Agency of your employment before the Swedish Migration Agency makes its decision
  • you are able to present a special license, ID or permit for practicing your profession, if your profession requires it
  • you are able to demonstrate that you have completed high school or an equivalent foreign education level, if you are under 25
  • your employment is not subsidized with any form of government grant, e.g. an entry recruitment job.

Read more about the requirements that apply to your employer

If you run your own busi­ness

If you have your own business, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient capital available for you to run your business and support yourself for at least two years

Read more about what is required for you to receive a residence permit as a self-employed person

Apply before your resi­dence permit expires

It is important that you apply for an extension before your temporary residence permit expires, but no earlier than three months before. If you do not apply for an extension before your residence permit expires, you will not have the right to work while waiting for a decision, and you will be at risk of losing certain benefits, such as establishment support, study grants or parental benefits.

At the earliest, the Swedish Migration Agency can make a decision on a permanent residence permit the day after your temporary residence permit expires.

If you do not qualify for a permanent residence permit based on work or self-employment, you can still have your temporary residence permit extended if you are still in need of protection.

Read more about how to apply for an extension based on need for protection

Last updated: 2020-06-12

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