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 Embassy. 

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 e-mail adress, which the Swedish Migration Agency will use to communicate with your throughout the application period.

When your employer has completed an offer of employment, you will receive an e-mail with information about how to apply for a work permit.

The above 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.

Swedish Migration Agency website

How to proceed (for applications on paper forms, see further down):

Applying 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.

2. Applying

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

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 fee is non-refundable if your application should be refused.

The online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Agency for processing and a decision.

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. 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 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´s opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.00-11.00. You do not need to book an appointment. 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 during our opening hours Monday to Friday 9.00-11.00. You must bring your passport with you. If you want to know whether your card has reached the Consulate, you can contact us by email: generalkonsulat.shanghai-visum@gov.se

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.

If you need to apply for a work permit and visa

If you shall work a maximum of three months in Sweden and require a visa you need to apply for both a work permit and visa. You have to hand in the application in person at the Consulate. 


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

Read more under ‘Fees’

2. Present an application at the Consulate

Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents. You pay the fee directly at the Consulate.

You can submit your application without making an appointment on Monday to Friday 9.00-11.00.

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.

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’.



 



 

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