Temporary residence permits

Last updated: 31 7 2018

The Swedish Aliens Act governs who is allowed to stay in Sweden. The Swedish Aliens Act entered into force in 2006. The act was temporarily amended on 20 July 2016. The temporary amendment will be in force for three years, until 19 July 2019.

What types of residence permits are there?

These are the different types of residence permit:

  • Temporary residence permit
  • Permanent residence permit

The temporary amendment means that the majority of applicants receive temporary residence permits.

UR Skola have made a short film that explains the difference between a permanent and a temporary residence permit. The film is in Swedish, with subtitles available in Swedish, Arabic, Kurdish, Persian, Somali and Tigrinya.

If you applied for asylum before 24 November 2015

If you are under 18 and applied for asylum before or on 24 November 2015, your asylum application will be examined under the Aliens Act, and you may be granted a permanent residence permit if you need protection.

If you applied for asylum after 25 November 2015

If you are under 18 and applied for asylum on or after 25 November 2015, your application will be examined under the temporary act, and you will be granted a temporary residence permit if you need protection.

What do the different residence permits imply?

Refugee - 3 years

If you have received refugee status you will have a temporary residence permit for three years. If you are still in need of protection when the temporary residence permit expires, you can apply for an extension of your temporary residence permit.

Persons eligible for subsidiary protection - 13 months

If you have received status as a person eligible for subsidiary protection you will have a residence permit for 13 months. If you are still in need of protection when the residence permit expires, you can apply for an extension of your temporary residence permit.

UR Skola have made a short film that explains the difference between the different residence permits. The film is in Swedish, with subtitles available in Swedish, Arabic, Kurdish, Persian, Somali and Tigrinya.