This is a study of undocumented migrants waiting for residence permits in Sweden. It focuses on their experiences of time and how their ‘irregular’ status is articulated while waiting. Migration is generally perceived and studied as a spatial process and the temporal aspect of migration has received much less attention. The everyday life of an undocumented migrant is characterized by waiting, either for papers or for deportation. Long-term confinement in detention centres awaiting deportation is also part of the experience of waiting. Empirically, the project focuses on undocumented migrants’ act of waiting in Stockholm.