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 Consulate General. 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 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
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. The actual decision will be given to you when you visit the Consulate. Visiting hours are Monday - Thursday 09:00 - 10:00. 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 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.  You can visit the Consulate without making an appointment on Monday - Thursday, 09.00 – 10.00. 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 up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the Consulate. Once the card has arrived there,  you can collect it without making an appointment on Monday- Thursday, 09.00– 10.00. 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 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 Consulate General.

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
Payment must be made at the Consulate. Please bring exact change.

Read more under ‘Fees’

3. Present an application at the Consulate
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents. You have to book an appointment to hand in your application at the consulate.

Click here to book an appointment to hand in your application

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.

4. Wait for a decision
You can check the status of your case from the Migration Agency webpage with your file number. After your decision has been made you can contact the Consulate. 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’.