Working in Sweden

You need a work permit to work in Sweden.

You might need a work permit if you have been offered employment:
  • at a Swedish company
  • as a performing artist
  • as professional sportsmen/-women and coaches
  • working as a doctoral candidate
  • au-pair
  • if it is practical training within the process of the company in Sweden or to perform a work e.g. installation of software programs, you might also need a work permit.
Residence permit cards
If you receive a residence permit after 20 May 2011, you will be given a residence permit card. The card will have a chip where your biometric data will be stored. The UT card is proof of your residence permit. It is not an ID card or a travel document. When you enter Sweden, you must therefore show your UT card along with a valid passport.
If you are applying for a residence permit you will be photographed and will need to submit finger prints in connection with:
 
• submitting your application;
• during your interview (if you are called to one); or
• when you receive your residence permit.
Requirements
Attention! All documents should be submitted in two copies.
  • Application, completed, dated and signed.

  • A written offer of employment ( your employer can find the form at the website for the Migration Board). Your employer is required to fill out this form which must be attached to the application.

  • International passport and copies of all pages in the passport.

  • Two [2] coloured photographs, size 35x45 mm, recent and of true likeness, showing full face, taken against a plain, evenly lit and light background.

  • Application fee. The fee is 2000 SEK, which should be paid in UAH(USD for Georgian citizens). Click here for more information.
Work permit for performing artists
The performing artist category includes singers, musicians, dancers and circus artists etc. Those accompanying the artist as technicians, road managers, etc, also come into this category and are therefore required to have a work permit as well.
  • You must have a contract with whoever is organizing the engagement in Sweden. The contract must be signed by both parties.
  • You must have a written offer of employment in Sweden. This should be made out on a special form which your employer in Sweden can obtain from the Swedish Migration Board, Migrationsverket. Your employer must complete the form and send it to you so that you can enclose it with your application together with your contract.
  • The time and the place of your engagement must be stated in the contract and in the offer of employment.
  • Your employer shall guarantee you pay, insurance coverage and other terms of employment equal to at least the collective agreement or Swedish practice in the profession or the branch of trade.
Performing artists who have been contracted for a temporary radio or TV engagement by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, the Swedish Television Company, the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company or the Nordic Television Company are exempt from the work permit requirement(maximum one month after entry).
Performing artists, their technical staff and other tour staff contracted to work temporarily in Sweden for no more than 14 days during a 12-month period do not require work permits. They must, however, have a written invitation from an established organiser. A list of established organisers is available on the web page of the Swedish Migration Board under Work permits for Performing artists. The citizens of some countries, however, require a visa in order to enter Sweden.
Work permit for doctoral candidates/guest scientists
Third country nationals who will work in Sweden as visiting researchers, will not need a work permit. However, a visa is required for a stay in Sweden up to three months and a residence permit for a stay that exceed three months. For information about the requirements for visa and residence permit se information in the margin to the left.
People who have an academic doctor's degree, such as assistants and demonstrators, are also considered as guest scientists.
Scientists or teachers in the higher education, who have been invited by a scientific institution in Sweden to lecture or to teach during maximum three months in a twelve months period, are as before not required to have a residence or work permit. Instead, they shall apply for regular visa.
Work permit for au-pair
If you want to work as an au-pair in Sweden, you are required to have a residence and work permit. The purpose of the stay shall be to gain international experience and the possibility to learn the Swedish language and culture. You can not be granted this permit if your are under 18 years or if you are older than 30 years.
A written letter, from the family who invites you to Sweden as an au-pair, shall be attached to the application.
The host family should offer you:
  • A maximum of domestic work of 25 hours per week,
  • Studies in Swedish a large part of the rest of the time
  • Free food and accommodation
  • A minimum salary of SEK 3 500 per month, before taxes
 
You shall attach proof of identity (personbevis) from the inviting party and a certificate, from a college or other place of study, that guarantees you to participate in Swedish language classes.
Work permit for sportsmen/-women, and coaches
Professional sportsmen/-women and coaches who will work in Sweden need a work permit. In order for the Swedish Migration Board to grant such permit, the Swedish National Sports Association (Riksidrottsförbundet) must acknowledge the contract and certify that the employment is of great importance for the sport's positive development. Only professional sportsmen/-women and coaches may be granted this permit.
For a stay of less than three months during a 12-month period, no residence permit is required. In that case a visa is required. If the term of contract is longer than three months, you must apply for a residence permit.
Requirements:
  • You need a written contract, signed by both you and the Swedish sports club.
  • Accommodation must be arranged for you.
  • Your employer (the sports club) shall guarantee you a minimum wage of SEK 14300 per month, before taxes.
  • You need to be completely disposed on leaving Sweden when your contract expires
Co-applicants
Your family, i.e. spouse/cohabitant and children under 21, can obtain residence permits for the same period as you, provided they can show enough financial means for their stay in Sweden. Your spouse/cohabitant can also be granted work permits if your permit is valid for six months or longer. Children under 18 years old pay half the application fee.
The following documents are required from the co-applicant(s):
Attention! All documents should be submitted in two copies.
  • Application, completed, dated and signed.

  • A written offer of employment ( your employer can find the form at the website for the Migration Board) Your employer is required to fill out this form which must be attached to the application.

  • International passport and copies of all pages in the passport

  • Two [2] coloured photographs, size 35x45 mm, recent and of true likeness, showing full face, taken against a plain, evenly lit and light background.

  • Application fee. The fee is 1000 SEK, which should be paid in UAH(USD for Georgian citizens). Click here for more information.

  • Additional documents are required for children under 18, click here for more information. 


For further information please contact the Visa Chancellery (see open hours below). You may also contact the Swedish Migration Board.
 
Click here for open hours for the Visa Chancellery