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Will my parental benefit be affected if I apply to extend my work permit?

Work permit extension during parental leave (Original title)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am in Sweden with work permit. My work permit will expire when i will be in parental leave. I am not a temporary employee, i mean there is no limitation in my contract to extend it. Can it be a problem to extend the permit while i am in parental leave?

Thanks in advance for your response,




  • Hello!

    Please Contact Migration Board (Migrationsverket) in this matter. Migration Board decides on extension of work permit.

    Best regards,

  • Hello,

    Extending the work permit during parental leave, would it affect the reception of my parental benefits?

  • Hello,

    Yes, it might affect it, but it depends on some factors. There is a change of law which started to be valid from 1st august 2017 and might be relevant to you. Those who had a time limited residence/work permit might continue receiving Parental Benefit while waiting to get a decision for the extension of their permit.

    The first condition to continue receiving parental benefit is to submit a new application to the Migration Board for the extension of the residence permit before your temporary residence/work permit expires. The second condition is that the ground of the application of your residence/work permit must be the same as the residence permit you had before or a new permit that is supported by a provision in the temporary law.

    In this forum we can give general answers, but your situation may depend on several factors. Call us on 0771-524 524 for information about your specific case.

    Best regards

  • Hi!

    With a work permit, I lived and worked in Sweden from Sept 2018 until currently. My work permit expired August 31st 2019, and I applied before(!) it expired for a new permit - however I did apply for a different kind of permit ('moving to partner'), though I am continuing working with the same job.

    To be sure I was allowed to continue working while waiting for a decision on the next permit, I contacted the Migration Agency, and was told that I definitely still can continue working while I wait for the next permit, and that I should continue having the same rights as I did while the work permit was valid. She guided me to this ( webpage, to confirm that I am entitled to keep working.
    Again, she said that while I wait for my next permit's decision, I have the same rights (living, work, etc.) as I did while on my work permit.

    In March 2019, my Swedish Sambo and I had our son. I was on parental leave until August. As I was offered to extend my job until the end of 2019, I accepted. So for Sept - Dec 2019 I am going to be working 50%, and was planning to collect parental benefit for the days I am not working. I spoke with somebody on the phone at Forsakringskassan who was unsure, but said she thinks I probably am not entitled to parental benefit anymore since I applied for a different kind of permit. However, the migration agency told me that in my case, I should have the same rights as I had while on my previous permit even though it is a different type of permit.  

    Is this right? If so, how is this right if the Migration Agency has told me I have the right to continue working, and that it is as though I am applying for extension (ie. I have the same rights as someone who is applying for an extension)? I have a Swedish person number, and my employer fulfilled the insurance requirements. If I still can work and am supposed to have the same rights as before, then I am confused as to why there is question to me collecting parental benefit.

    Help is appreciated,

  • Hello!

    The Swedish Social Insurance Agency has limited abilities to answer questions relating to individual cases on this forum. We therefore ask you to contact our customer center if you have questions relating to your specific case by calling telephone number 0771 524524 and press 8 to get connected to the English line.

    Our telephone lines are open the following hours:

    Monday – Friday 8.00am — 4.00 pm,

    Best regards,
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