Basic facts

You must have been offered a job before you can obtain a work permit. Your work permit must have been granted before you leave for Sweden. If you are going to work for less than three months you may also need to have a visa and if you are going to work for more than three months you need a residence permit.

There are several different kinds of work permit, for example for artists, au pairs, berry pickers, visiting researchers, athletes and coaches. For details, read the information on the Swedish Migration Agency's website. There you will also find information about what exceptions that can be made for some work categories that will work in Sweden under a limited amount of time.

Swedish Migration Agency's website

Citizens of the EU/EEA

As an EU citizen, you are entitled to work in Sweden without work permit.

Special rules apply if you have a residence permit and long-term resident status in another EU country.

Read more about the rules for EU/EEA citizens and long-term residents of an EU country on the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

Swedish Migration Agency's website

Residence permit card

If you are granted a permit for more than three months you will be issued a residence permit card. The card is proof of that you possess a residence permit. Read more under ‘How to apply’ to find out how you arrange for the card.

You find more information about the residence permit card on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency's website

Family members

If you obtain a permit to work in Sweden a family member (e.g. husband/wife and unmarried children under 21) may be granted a residence permit for the same period of time. If you receive a permit for at least six months members of your family can also obtain
work permits. Family members who are granted a residence permit need a residence permit card (see above).

Read more about residence permits for family members on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency's website

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