Extending your residence permit: not a last minute work!
If you are a first year master student, February can be a good time to think about extending your residence permit, as you may start applying as early as six month before your residence permit expires on 31/08/2018. You would want to do it sooner rather than later!
How long does it take?
The migration agency in Sweden will tell you that the process differs from case to case. It is true, though I can provide you with my own the timeline, which might be typical for a student visa extension:
I started my application in the end of May and the entire application takes as long as exactly 2months for me. As summer is usually the peak of all kinds of applications at Migration agency (“Migrationsverket” in Swedish),it is really important not to apply at the last minute!
My general impression is that the entire process is easy. I really enjoy the elegancy of the Migrationsverket as most of things are digitalised: no photocopying, no queuing, no hand-writing etc. In the entire period, I only visited the Migrationsverket twice, when I got the email that my case has been settled and for recording fingerprint, and it took less than 30 minutes. You just need to be patient with the process. In case you could not, you can easily visit a Swedish Migration Agency nearby and ask for your case officer’s e-mail. You have the right to write them, and ask about your case. However, in my experience they most of the time give some sample answers; for instance: “We do our best to handle every application as soon as we can.” (which they told me the same!). Good luck with your application 🙂