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

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

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 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.

Visit the consulate 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.
The consulate recommend that you book an appointment in advance for a visit . Bring the same passport with you as the one you used when applying for a work permit.

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

It can take several weeks for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the consulate. Once the card has arrived, you can collect it without making an appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 – 12:00. You must bring your passport with you.

Where to go for biometric measurements

Residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan contact The Consulate General of Sweden in Hong Kong.

Residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang contact The Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai.

Residents of all other provinces contact The Swedish Embassy in Beijing.

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 consulate.

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
The fee is payed by cash when you submit your application.

Read more under ‘Fees’

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

Make an appointment to present your application. You can present the application on Tuesdays or Wednesdays 09.00 – 12.00.

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

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

Where to hand in your application:

Residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan contact The Consulate General of Sweden in Hong Kong.

Residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang contact The Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai.

Residents of all other provinces contact The Swedish Embassy in Beijing.

4. Wait for a decision
The Swedish Migration Agency informs the consulate of its decision. The consulate then contacts you. At the same time, your employer or contractor will be informed of 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’.