New rules on residence permits for research and higher education studies

In the Spring, Mundus Weekly reported that the Government was looking to propose new rules on residence permits for research and higher education studies. The aim of the proposed new rules is to attract more students researchers to Sweden, and make it easier for those who have studied in Sweden to stay here to work. 

The Government is now due to present a bill to the Riksdag with the proposals, including:

  • Researchers and higher education students will be granted a residence permit for at least one year, which can be extended
  • Researchers and higher education students will have the opportunity to remain in Sweden for up to one year following the completion of their studies to look for work work
  • A person who has a residence permit for research or higher education studies issued by another EU Member State will, in certain cases, be allowed to stay in Sweden on the basis of that permit to conduct part of their research or studies
  • The bill also proposes new rules on residence permits for internships related to higher education, volunteering within the framework of the European Voluntary Service and au pairing.

It is proposed that the legislative amendments enter into force on 1 January 2020.

Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having worked in the field for 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in the corporate- and NGOs sectors London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. Back in Sweden, she headed the business intelligence unit for a risk- and security firm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012.