Extensions of temporary residence permits

Last updated: 2 8 2018

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 three months before your temporary residence permit expires.

You have to visit the Migration Agency in order to apply for an extension. All family members applying for extensions must visit the Migration Agency in person.

You have to take your residence permit card with you.

If you have identity documents you have take them with you. This applies even if you have already shown your identity documents to the Migration Agency.

You have to book an appointment before you visit the Migration Agency to apply for an extension of your residence permit.

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 upper secondary studies you have to show regularly that you have been taking active part in your studies. For example, you have to submit your grades, or certifications from the school that you have attended lessons, to the Migration Agency every year.

When you have completed your upper secondary studies 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

You can apply for a permanent residence permit if you are working in Sweden or living together with your partner in Sweden.

If you are working in Sweden

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

If you are living together with your partner in Sweden

If you are living together with a partner who is a Swedish citizen or has a permanent residence permit, you may be granted a residence permit due to your connection with your partner.

If you have been living together for at least two years, you can be granted a permanent residence permit. If you have been living together for less than two years, you can be granted a temporary residence permit of up to two years.