Residence permit for upper secondary school studies

Last updated: 8 7 2020

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 residence permit will depend, for example, on whether you are studying on a national programme or an introduction programme, and on how much of the education programme you have still have to complete.

What is required for you to be granted a residence permit for upper secondary school studies?

Many factors influence your possibilities of being granted a residence permit for studies at the upper secondary level.

The rules differ for those who are asylum seekers and those who have a temporary residence permit they want to extend. The rules also differ depending on whether you have turned 18, and on whether you arrived in Sweden with or without your parents. What programme you are studying on and when you applied for asylum may also influence the assessment.

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.

What happens once you have completed upper secondary school?

Once you have completed your studies at the upper secondary level you may be granted an extension to your residence permit for up to six months in order to find a job. If within that period you get a job that you can support yourself on, you can apply for a permanent residence permit.