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

If you have applied for asylum, have received a temporary residence permit, and are able to support yourself, then you can receive a permanent residence permit in some cases. It is important that you apply for an extension before your temporary permit expires. To receive a permanent residence permit, your employer needs to have registered your employment with the Swedish Tax Agency, and you need to have begun your employment before your temporary permit runs out.

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

Your employer must make a registration with the Swedish Tax Agency when you begin working. Your employer can make this registration by filling out a form with your name, address and period of employment. For you to be able to receive a permanent residence permit, you must have begun working before your temporary residence permit expires, and your employer must have registered your employment with the Swedish Tax Agency before your temporary residence permit expires, and no later.

To register your employment with the Tax Agency, your employer must use the form “Notification – Employment of a foreigner SKV 1160”.

Find the form, and more information, at the Swedish Tax Agency’s website (only in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

Registration is required for a residence permit

If your employer has not registered your employment with the Swedish Tax Agency in time, the Swedish Migration Agency cannot grant you a permanent residence permit, even if you meet the other requirements for a continued permit.

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 reported to the Swedish Tax Agency that you are working there by the last day of your temporary residence permit, at the latest
  • 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 for 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 on how to apply for an extension based on need for protection

Last updated: 2017-06-20

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