New rules for change of status at the Swedish Migration Agency

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The Swedish Migration Agency has changed its praxis regarding applications for a new residence permit on other grounds than in the previous permit. This means that the applicant is not allowed to be in Sweden when the Migration Agency takes a decision in his/her case. 

The new praxis implies complications for doctoral students who are third-country nationals, for example, when changing from R&D trainee to doctoral student. If the previous residence permit is still valid, then the applicant can travel to a neighbouring country during the course of decision making. In case the previous residence permit has expired, the applicant has to travel to his or her home country and wait for a new decision. 

There are ongoing discussions between KI and the Swedish Migration Agency. 

Change of status: when you apply for a residence permit for studies when you had residence permit for visiting researcher before. To apply for extension of your current permit or permanent residence permit is not a status change.
A third country national: citizen of a non-EU country. EU citizens have the right to work, study and live in Sweden without a residence permit. 

Applicants with a valid residence permit in Sweden

If the Swedish Migration Agency requires proof that you are currently not in Sweden: 

  • Plan your trip according to the deadline the Migration Agency has given you or ask for more time. Avoid weekends, since the decision makers normally work Monday to Friday. 
  • Inform your case officer about your travel plans. 
  • Travel abroad, for example to a neighbouring country
  • Follow instructions from the Swedish Migration Agency. For example, take a picture of you standing in front of a famous place abroad with a newspaper (where the date is shown). Send the photo and a copy of your tickets to your case officer or the agency's mail box.
  • Wait for a new decision

Applicants whose residence permit in Sweden has expired

If the Swedish Migration Agency requires proof that you are currently not in Sweden: 

  • Plan your trip according to the deadline the Migration Agency has given you or ask for more time. Make sure the Swedish Migration Agency has your picture and fingerprints for the residence permit card.
  • Inform your case officer about your travel plans.
  • Leave Sweden for your home country or country where you have a valid residence permit/visa.
  • Follow instruction from the Swedish Migration Agency. For example, send in copies of entry/exit stamps in your passport and boarding card to your case officer or the agency's mail box.
  • Wait for a new decision. Citizens of some countries need a new residence permit card to be able to re-enter Sweden. 

Contact

The Swedish Migration Agency Örebro: GB-ORB-STUD@migrationsverket.se

International Staff Services KI: Ulla Tunkara phone 08-524 86081

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