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17 June 2020

Changed requirements to obtain a permanent residence permit

In order to obtain a permanent residence permit for work, you must have worked for at least 44 months. If you cannot obtain a permanent residence permit, you may in some cases receive a continued temporary residence permit.

If you have had a residence permit for work for four years, you must have also worked in Sweden for at least 44 months during your permit period to be able to receive a permanent residence permit.

In some cases, it is possible to obtain an extended work permit if you do not meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit. The starting point is that people who have worked for at least three years are considered to have obtained a strong enough tie to the Swedish labour market to receive another temporary residence permit for work. The permit is granted so that you can qualify for a permanent residence permit in the future. Your terms of employment must have been equivalent with what applies in Sweden.

These changes are due to a judgment by the Superior Migration Court (MIG 2019:16) and the Swedish Migration Agency’s judicial position regarding extension of residence and work permits and permanent residence permits after a residence permit for work for four years (RS 005/2020).

Read more in the Superior Migration Court’s judgment (MIG 2019:16) (in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

Read more in the Swedish Migration Agency’s judicial position (in Swedish)external link, opens in new window