Required documents

If you apply for a work permit, you usually need to enclose the documents below. Special rules and forms may apply in the case of certain occupations.

Check the Swedish Migration Board website.

Swedish Migration Agency website

If you apply online, you attach the documents electronically. If you apply on a paper form, you have to bring all the requisite documents with you to the Consulate, together with the completed form.

You need:

  • An application form (if you are not applying online). There are different forms for different types of work permits (see link on the right).
  • Copy of the pages in your passport that show your personal data and period of validity. The passport shall be signed by the holder.
  • The offer of employment, a union statement of opinion, and any other documents you may have received from your employer.
  • One colour photo not more than six months old, passport sized (45mm x 35mm), full face and taken against a light background.

Accompanying family

If your family is accompanying you to Sweden, you can apply on their behalf in your own application.

If you use a paper form, or if the family will be applying at a later date, the family members are to use form no. 133011, Application for a permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons.

Check on the Swedish Migration Agency´s website which documents you need to attach for your family.

Swedish Migration Agency website

Documents needed when applying for family members to accompany you to Sweden:

- One fully completed and signed application form (Form no. 133011)

- One colour photo, not more than six months old, passport sized (45mm x 35mm), full face and taken against a light background

- One photocopy of the identity page of the passport. We only accept passports which have been signed by the holder of the passport

- Notary Certificate of marriage (Chinese and English version) and a copy of the certificate, or a copy of a Swedish marriage certificate (vigselbevis) if you were married in Sweden.

- If you are divorced, or have never been married you are required to enclose a Notary Certificate proving that you are single (the original and a copy in Chinese and English version). Please note that it has to be a certificate, not a statement or declaration.

- One photocopy of the identity page of your husband's/wife's/partner's passport

- One photocopy of your husband's/wife's/partner's Civil Registration Certificate, "personbevis"

- A letter of invitation from your husband/wife/partner

- Financial guarantee for co-applicants to employees and self-employed persons.

You are required to pay an application fee. If your application is refused, the fee will not be refunded.

For children (under 18 years old) with one or both parents in Sweden, or children accompanying a parent to Sweden

- One fully completed and signed application form (Form no. 133011)

- One colour photo not more than six months old, passport sized
(45mm x 35mm), full face and taken against a light background

- One photocopy of the identity page of the passport

- Notary Certificate of birth certificate.

- Notary Certificate stating who has the legal custody of the child in case only one of the parents has the right of access to the child.

- If one of the child's parents will stay in China, a notary certificate is requested stating that he/she is aware of the child's application for residence permit and that he/she agrees that the child goes to Sweden.

- One photocopy of the identity page of the passport of the parent/s

- One photocopy of the Civil Registration Certificate, "personbevis", of the parent/s

- Letter of invitation from the parent in Sweden

- Financial guarantee for co-applicants to employees and self-employed persons.

Important information for berry pickers

If you apply for a work permit for a shorter period than three months you need a medical travel insurance that covers any costs that may be incurred in connection with emergency medical aid, urgent hospital treatment or transport to the country of origin for medical reasons or in the event of death.

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