New regulations proposed for residence permits for research and higher studies

With the aim to implement the EU student and research directive 2016/801, the Swedish government will hand over a proposition to the parliament, proposing new regulations on residence permits for research and higher studies. The purpose of the proposed changes is to encourage more students, researchers and highly skilled individuals to come to Sweden, as well as make it easier for those who have studied in Sweden to stay here and work.

The new proposed regulations would grant researchers and university students the ability to stay in Sweden for up to a year after their studies or research has been completed, in order to apply for work or investigate the possibility to start a business here. There is currently a six month threshold for the same type of permit in place today.

The residence permits granted for research and higher studies will be granted for at least one year, or the shorter period for which the research or studies will last. The permits will be possible to extend, but it is unclear for how long. Furthermore, the financial requirements will be amended so that any means the applicant has by the time of the application, as well as any proof of future means, will both be considered in any individual case.

If an individual has a residence permit for research or higher studies issued by another EU member state, they may also in certain circumstances be able to stay in Sweden to carry out part of their studies or research here.

The proposition also includes new regulations for internships related to higher education, volunteer work within the framework of the European Voluntary Service as well as au pair work.

These changes are proposed to enter into legal force from January 1st 2020. The proposition is yet to be published.

EY is monitoring development of the above and will alert clients if a new type of permit is introduced as a consequence of this proposition, or other changes are introduced that may affect the employment of individuals with permits within these categories.

Sarah Gardner


Sarah Gardner
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