These changes mean that temporary residence permits will become the main rule and there will be new requirements to obtain a permanent residence permit. There will also be changes to who is covered by the requirement to be able to financially support oneself (the maintenance requirement) when relatives apply for residence permits.
Temporary residence permits are becoming the main rule
- A person applying to reunite with relatives in Sweden is only granted a temporary residence permit the first time he applies for a residence permit.
- Temporary residence permits are issued for a maximum period of 2 years at a time. You can get a permanent residence permit when you apply for a temporary residence permit extension. Since a residence permit is usually issued every 2 years, you can usually apply for a permanent residence permit as early as 4 years.
- You cannot get a permanent residence permit just because a relative received it or had it.
- If you do not meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit, you may still be able to have your residence permit extended.
New requirements for permanent residence permits on the basis of a family tie to someone in Sweden:
To be eligible for a permanent residence permit after 20 July, you must
- Have held a residence permit for at least three years
- Be able to financially support yourself
- Be expected to live an orderly life (i.e. “leva ett skötsamt liv”).
You can receive a permanent residence permit in connection with applying for an extension. Since residence permits are most often granted for two years at a time, you can usually apply for a permanent residence permit after four years at the earliest.
If you are an adult, you must be able to financially support yourself to be eligible for a permanent residence permit. You show that you can financially support yourself with, for example, income from employment or self-employment. You cannot receive a permanent residence permit just because your family member receives one or has one. The Swedish Migration Agency cannot yet say how large your income must be to be able to receive a permanent residence permit. More information on this will be published as soon as the rules are clear.
If you do not meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit, you may still be able to receive an extended residence permit.
Read more about other changes here
~ VNS Consulting