The Riksdag has rejected the Government’s proposal on amendments to what is commonly known as the “regulatory framework on upper secondary level studies”.
The proposed amendments are that:
- the time for individuals to establish themselves on the labour market after completing an upper secondary education – and thus to qualify for a permanent residence permit – should be extended from six to twelve months
- the requirement that the affected individuals be able to support themselves financially in order to qualify for a permanent residence permit should, in part, be able to be fulfilled through student aid, on condition that this is in combination with income from employment or business activities
- a vocational introduction job should qualify the individual for a permanent residence permit.
The Government considers that the amendments to the regulatory framework are necessary in view of the tougher situation on the labour market owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that this would facilitate qualification for a permanent residence permit.
The Riksdag rejected the proposal, among other things on the grounds that the problems on the labour market should primarily be addressed by an economic policy that reduces unemployment in society in general, and not through special regulations for a group that has no grounds for protection.