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General Information

All the decisions made by Migration Board are individual. This means each person receives a unique case that is assessed separately by an administrator at the Migration Board.

Th legal grounds for the decision are the so called Swedish Aliens Act and Aliens Ordinance.

We strongly encourage you to use electronic application:

  • fewer spelling mistakes
  • shorter processing times
  • decisions taken by study permits specialists in Sweden (while embassies handle all types of residence permits) --> correct permit times, as opposed to embassies that sometimes issue too short permits
  • no extra requirements, such as address in Sweden

If you have been admitted to a two-year programme, state this in your application. The validity of your residence permit should extend until September. If you get a residence permit for a shorter time than a year (until June or July), you will not be able to register in the Swedish population database and receive civic registration number, (ersonnummer) which is necessary for many services in Sweden.

Extension of residence permit for year 2

If you are a programme student and you intend to apply to extend your resi­dence permit for studies, or if you have compo­nents of your studies left to complete, make sure to apply for an extension before your the current permit expires. Please read more at the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) website: Extend residence permit for higher education 

Coronavirus and regulations to residence permits

Students who require a residence permit for studies are responsible for the contact with the Swedish Migration Agency. International students must stay up-to-date with new decisions made by the Swedish Migration Agency that can impact their travel plans or right to reside in Sweden. During this current pandemic, up-to-date information about the coronavirus and the regulations relating to residence permits is available on the website of the Swedish Migration Agency: Infor­ma­tion regar­ding the coro­na­virus

On 29 May 2020, new information and a FAQ for students was provided by the agency. To avoid repetition and to keep information accurate it is recommended you read the following links:

If you have any questions about your residence permit for studies, it is advisable you contact the Swedish Migration Agency directly or your LiU Faculty Coordinator. 

Residence permit to seek employment after completed studies

If you have a Residence permit for studies and have completed your studies you can get a Residence permit to seek employment or examine the possibilities of starting your own business here in Sweden.

You need to have completed your studies and submit a temporary certificate proving you are to receive an actual degree certificate to your application. You also need to submit your application while you are still in Sweden. Read more at the Swedish Migrations Agency's website: Residence permit for looking for work after studies.

Read more about temporary degree certificates on the webpages LIU Students Academic degrees.





Page manager: international.student@liu.se
Last updated: 2020-06-04