As The Local has previously reported, Ukrainians applying for protection in Sweden have been forced to queue for hours on end multiple days in a row outside the Migration Agency’s centres, due to insufficient staff, resulting in delays processing applications.
The EU’s temporary protection directive gives everyone seeking protection in Sweden the possibility of receiving assistance with food and housing, and the right to work, but it requires applicants to register at the Migration Agency first.
Although the agency has offices at multiple locations across the country, they are only open from 9am-3pm.
At a press conference last Friday, the agency’s director general, Mikael Ribbenvik, announced that a digital solution, enabling applicants to apply online at any time, would be available “from Monday”.
“This is not just a registration, but a full application,” Ribbenvik said. “It will relieve queues and increase our capacity radically”.
Ribbenvik further explained that biometric data, such as fingerprints and a photograph, which are needed to complement a full application, will be taken at a separate appointment at one of the agency’s offices, which applicants will be able to book online.
- EXPLAINED: How can Ukrainians seek asylum in Sweden?
How do I apply for protection in Sweden online?
In order to apply online, you will need the following:
- an email address
- a mobile phone
- a digital copy or photo of the passport or ID for each adult applying
Up to three adults and ten children can be listed on one application, and they don’t all need to be Ukrainian citizens – just the applicant.
Can anyone use this service?
No. This service is only available to the following people:
- Ukrainian citizens resident in Ukraine prior to February 24th 2022
- people holding a resident permit in Ukraine as a refugee or person in need of subsidiary protection
- family members of the above
In addition to this, applicants must have left Ukraine on or after February 24th, 2022, and hold a valid passport, unless they are under 18.
Additionally, this service is for those who have already secured housing – anyone wishing to apply for housing via the Migration Agency will still need to attend an in-person appointment with the agency.
Where do I apply?
You can apply on the Migration Agency’s website, here. You will need to create a username and password in order to access the service.