Working in Sweden

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If you are a citizen of a country which is not a member of the European Union (EU) and wish to work in Sweden, you must have a work permit granted before you enter Sweden. If you plan to work in Sweden for more than three months, you also need a residence permit.

An application for a work permit can be filed online, or at the closest Consulate of Sweden (in person), or at the Embassy of Sweden in Ottawa (in person). For faster processing, please apply online

For information about the application process, including how to apply online, please visit Swedish Migration Agency.

Please note that your passport must be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the EU/Schengen area.

Biometric information
The residence permit will be in form of a residence permit card. The card will include biometric information such as photo, fingerprints and electronic signature.

Canadian citizens (and other nationalities not requiring an entry visa to Sweden) should submit the biometrics at one of the Migration Agency's offices upon arrival in Sweden.

Nationalities requiring an entry visa should submit biometrics at the Embassy of Sweden in Ottawa. This can be done at the time of application or at any time during the permit processing time.

If the application is for a work period of less than three months, only a work permit is needed. In this case no biometric information is required since you will not receive a residence permit card. The decision from the Migration Agency will be the only documentation needed as proof of the work permit. If your are a citizen of a country that requires an entry visa, and the work period is for less than three months, please click here for Schengen Visa information.

Processing time
Current processing times are noted on the Swedish Migration Agency website. Please submit your application as soon as you receive your offer of employment. If you apply online the processing time is shorter.

Application fee
The application fee is payable at the time of application and is non-refundable. See Fee list.