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Migration issues (FAQ)

Below are some frequently asked questions about migration issues in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. The FAQ will be updated regularly, so please check back here.

If you aren’t able to return to your home country due to coronavirus pandemic and possible travel bans, flight restrictions, etc., you have the right to apply for a visitor’s permit in order to extend and legalise your stay in Sweden. It’s crucial that you submit your application before your current permit expires.

The Migration Agency has decided to waive the application fee (1 500 SEK) for those who will be applying for a visitor’s permit due to the risk of being stranded in Sweden due to the corona pandemic. If you apply for a visitor’s permit, specify the corona pandemic as the grounds for your application and state that you intend to travel home as soon as possible, and you won’t have to pay the application fee.

Find information on how to apply for a visitor's permit at the Migration Agency website

If you have any questions with regards to your studies and your navigating your migration status in Sweden, please feel free to contact the migration coordinator at Lund University through email migration [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

If, in light of the outbreak of the coronavirus, you have any questions related to your residence permit application and/or current Swedish migration laws/legal practice, please contact the Migration Agency.

Find contact details for the Migration Agency at their website


The Migration Agency has, in light of the corona pandemic, introduced new rules with regards to residence permit for studies eligibility making it easier for students. The Migration Agency has waived the requirement that at least 50% of the studies should be conducted on campus. This means that your studies can be conducted online during the validity of your permit. You are, however, still expected to be in Sweden to conduct your studies.

If your current permit for studies is about to expire, but you haven’t yet graduated, you will need to apply for an extension of your existing permit. In order to stay in Sweden whilst the Migration Agency processes your application, you will need to submit your application before your then current permit expires. We recommend that you read through the list of required documentation thoroughly before applying, to ensure that you meet the requirements.

Learn more about applying for an extension at the Migration Agency website


Leaving Sweden (for a longer period of time) might negatively impact your residence permit eligibility, if you are here on a residence permit for studies. According to Migration Agency rules, international students must meet several requirements, such as actively studying full-time and using their permit to stay in Sweden. Any deviation from this might mean that the Migration Agency rejects an extension application of your permit later on. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Migration Agency directly.

Find contact details for the Migration Agency at their website


The Migration Agency has updated their FAQ for students with questions and answers related to resident permit issues during the coronavirus pandemic. Please check if you can find the answer to your question there.

Read the updated FAQ regarding residence permits at the Migration Agency website