On the 20th of July new changes in the swedish migration legislation will come into force.foto: Imre Tömösvári
New laws on residence permits will lead to extensive changes
On the 20th of July new changes in the swedish migration legislation will come into force. New laws will be inserted in the Aliens Act, and this will affect people who have applied for residence permits and not yet received a decision before 20 July. The new laws will affect different people in different ways, depending on which type of residence permit you have.
Changes in the Alien Act will entail that all residence permits will be time limited. The first time limited permit can vary in length, but concerning an extension the principal rule is 2 years regardless of the type of residence permit in question. Most individuals will have to apply for an extension of their residence permit at least once before they can apply for a permanent residency. Only quota refugees will be able to receive permanent residency at the first trial opportunity, meaning refugees who have been selected by UN:s refugee agency to get permission to stay in another country.
The requirements for getting permanent residency will also change. After the 20th of July you must have had a time limited permit for at least three years, and adult individuals must be able to provide for themselves. It is also required that you live a conscientious life, as individuals over 15 years may receive dismissal on their application if they have committed a crime. Furthermore, to be able to apply for permanent residency you must fulfill the requirements for extending your current residence permit, which means that a permit for permanent residence can vary between individuals.
Another important change is that every individual will have to fulfill the requirements for permanent residence. It will no longer be possible for relatives to receive permanent residence automatically based on that a family member is granted it. Also, regarding relatives the new laws will change who will be affected by the requirements on self-support. These requirements consist of that the individual must be able to provide for both themselves and their family members along with having a residence of an approved size and standard for them to live in.
The decision of making changes in the Alien Act was made on the 22nd of June, and Migrationsverkets head of legal affairs, Carl Bexelius, made a statement saying “The upcoming changes are extensive and will affect almost every case that Migrationsverket works with.”