How to apply

Most people applying for a work permit should use the Swedish Migration Agency website and apply online.

If you are applying online, are granted a permit and do not need a visa to enter Sweden, you do not normally have to visit the embassy. Regardless of how you apply, your work permit must have been granted before you leave for Sweden.

If you are applying for a work permit less than three months you will need to apply for a visa as well. In this case you have to submit a paper application at the Embassy/Consulate.

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 e-mail 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 and e-mail with information about how to apply for a work permit.

The above does not apply to the following occupations, which are subject to special rules: performers, au pairs, berry pickers, visiting researchers, athletes or trainers and trainees.

Read more on the Swedish Migration Agency website:

Instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency website

Applying online

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

1. Prepare your documentation
Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to applications that are completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

Read more under ‘Required documents’ and on the 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 fee is non-refundable if your application should be refused.

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

Swedish Migration Agency web application

If you are planning to work in Sweden for less than three months you need to apply for both a work permit and a Schengen visa for business. See more information under Short term work permit in the menu to the left.

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. Acquiring a residence permit card
If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will be issued with a residence permit card. For more information about residence permit cards please visit the Swedish Migration Agency website.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden:
No matter if you apply online or on paper form you need to visit the embassy to be photographed and fingerprinted for the card (if you apply on paper form, you will be photographed when you hand in your application. It is therefore important that all applicants visit the embassy in person).Visit the embassy to be photographed and fingerprinted for the card. 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- Friday, 9.00 – 11.00. 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 will be informed by the Embassy, using the contact details you left in your application. You can collect it without making an appointment on Monday- Friday, 9.00 – 11.00. You must bring your passport with you.

If you want to know whether your card has reached the embassy, you can contact us by sending an e-mail to: visa.beijing@gov.se.

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 travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there. Contact the Swedish Migration Agency for photographing and fingerprinting.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, you 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 completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

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

Instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency website

2. Pay the application fee
Pay the fee upon your visit to the embassy. The embassy will only accept card payment. Cash payment can only be accepted when card payment is not possible.

Read more under ‘Fees

3. Present an application at the embassy
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents.

You can present the application without making an appointment on Monday-Friday, 9.00 – 11.00.

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 when you can come to collect your residence permit card at the embassy. If you get a rejection you will be informed about the decision by the embassy. Bring your passport when collecting the decision.

5. Arrange for a residence and work permit card
If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will receive a residence and work permit card. You will be photographed and fingerprinted for the permit card when you submit your application. You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.

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