Extensions of temporary residence permits

Last updated: 24 3 2020

When your temporary residence permit expires you have the option of applying for an extension. You can be granted an extension to your residence permit if you are still in need of protection. In some cases you can also be granted residence permit if you have other reasons for staying in Sweden.

How to apply for an extension of your residence permit

You have to apply for an extension before your temporary residence permit expires. You can make your application from two months before your temporary residence permit expires.

Apply on the Migration Agency's website

Applications for an extension to your residence permit have to be made on the Migration Agency's website. In order to apply for an extension on the website you need a personal code. The code will be sent to you in a letter from the Migration Agency two months before your residence permit expires.

If you don't apply for an extension on time

If you don't apply for an extension of your temporary residence permit before it expires, you will not be allowed to work while you wait for a decision. You also risk losing certain benefits, including your introduction benefit, student grant and parental allowance.

If you are studying at the upper secondary level

If you are studying at the upper secondary level and are between 17 and 24 years old, you will in some cases be able to get a more extended temporary residence permit in order to complete your studies.

This applies to you if you are studying in upper secondary or special needs upper secondary education, or on an equivalent programme at e g a folk high school or in municipal adult education (Komvux).

The duration of the temporary residence permit will depend on how much of the education programme you have left.

In order to be allowed to keep a residence permit for studies at the upper secondary level you regularly have to provide evidence that you have been taking active part in your studies. The Migration Agency will contact you when it is time to provide such evidence.

When you have completed your studies at the upper secondary level you can apply for a permanent residence permit if you are able to earn enough money to support yourself.

Applying for a permanent residence permit

If you are earning a sufficient amount of money in your job or your own business you can apply for a permanent residence permit.