How to apply

Most people applying for a work permit should use the Swedish Migration Agency website and apply online. Regardless of how you apply, your work permit must have been granted before you leave for Sweden.

 

The employer initiates the application

Your employer in Sweden initiates the work permit application by completing an offer of employment. Your employer needs information about your name, date of birth, citizenship, education and your email address, which the Swedish Migration Agency will use to communicate with you throughout the application period.

When your employer has completed an offer of employment you will receive an email with information about how to apply for a work permit.

The above information does not apply to the following occupations, which are subject to special rules: performer, au pair, berry picker, visiting researcher, athlete or trainer and trainees. Neither does it apply to work permits for young people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea.

Read more on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency website


How to proceed (for applications on paper forms, see further down):

Applying online

1. Prepare your documentation

Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to applications that are complete.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency website

2. Applying

When your employer has completed an offer of employment you will receive an e-mail. (See above)

Follow the Swedish Migration Agency's instructions. You attach documents electronically and pay the application fee using a VISA card or a MasterCard. Family members use the same online application if they apply at the same time as you.

The online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Agency for processing and decision making.

Swedish Migration Agency online application

3. Waiting for a decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. The actual decision will be given to you when you visit the embassy. Bring your passport when collecting your decision. Your employer or contractor will be informed of the decision by post.

4. Arrange for a residence permit card

If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will be issued with a residence permit card.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden

Visit the embassy to have your Biometrics taken. You can do so either while waiting for a decision or after you have been granted a work permit. You can visit the embassy without making an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00. Bring the same passport with you as the one you used when applying for a work permit.

You can find the embassy’s address under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the embassy. Once the card has arrived there, you can collect it without making an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00. You must bring your passport with you.

If you do not require a visa to enter Sweden

If you are granted a permit for more than three months and do not need a visa, you can travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, you can apply on a paper form that you submit to the embassy.

1. Prepare the documentation

Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to applications that are complete.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

2. Pay the application fee

You can pay the fee at any UOB bank in Bangkok (there is one for instance in the same building as the embassy). The fee is to be paid into account number 795-1-05431-7 and the account holder is ‘Swedish Embassy’.

Read more under ‘Fees’

3. Present an application at the embassy

Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents and a receipt for the fee payment.

You can present the application without making an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 8.00 – 12.00.

You can find the embassy’s address under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

The embassy sends your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden.

4. Wait for a decision

The Swedish Migration Agency informs the embassy of its decision. The embassy then contacts you. At the same time, your employer or contractor will be informed about the decision.

5. Arrange for a residence permit card

If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will receive a residence permit card. You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.