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 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.

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 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. Applying
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 a decision.

Swedish Migration Agency web application

3. Waiting for a decision
When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. Your employer or contractor shall also be informed of the decision by mail. The actual decision you get if you contact the Swedish Embassy by telephone or email. The embassy will then email you the decision. If you wish to obtain the decision of the embassy, please bring your passport. You are welcome at the embassy every Monday and Thursday 9:00 to 11:00, without an appointment.

The embassy's address can be found under Contact in the menu on the left.

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.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden
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. Bring the same passport with you as the one you used when applying for a work permit. You can visit the embassy without making an appointment on Mondays and Thursdays 09.00-11.00.

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, the embassy will invite you to come and pick up your residence permit card at the embassy.

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

Read more under Fees.

3. Submit an application at the embassy

Bring the completed application form together with all the necessary documents and the exact fee amount. There are different forms for different types of work permits. Check the Migration Agency's website.

The embassy's address can be found under Contact in the menu on the left.

The embassy will then send your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden.

You can submit the application at the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade each Monday and Thursday 09.00-11.00. We recommend that you first make an appointment by phone, especially if you are taking your family with you to Sweden. You can make an appointment every day except Fridays, from 14.00-16.00, phone number 011-2069270.

4. Wait for a decision
You will be notified via email about the Migration Agency's decision. Your employer or contractor will also be informed of the decision by mail. The actual decision you can get if you contact the embassy by telephone or email. The embassy will then e-mail you the decision. If you wish to obtain the decision at the Embassy, please bring your passport. You are welcome at the embassy every Monday and Thursday 09.00-11.00, without an appointment.

The embassy's address can be found under Contact in the menu on the left.

5. Arrange for a residence permit card

You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’. 

 

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