Extensions of temporary residence permits

Last updated: 4 10 2021

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

The Migration Agency's website has an e-service for applying for an extension of your temporary residence permit. This service is available in Swedish and English. You need to log in to the website using BankID.

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

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

In order to be granted a permanent residence permit, you have to:

  • fulfil the requirements for a continued residence permit,
  • have had a residence permit for at least three years,
  • be able to support yourself,
  • lead a respectable life.