How to apply

Most people applying for a work permit should use the Swedish Agency Board 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 email address, which the Swedish Migration Agency will use to communicate with you throughout the application period.

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

The above information 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. Neither does it apply to work permits for young people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea.

Read more on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency website

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

Applying on 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.

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

Swedish Migration Agency web application

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 embassy. 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.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden
Visit the embassy 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. Please call the embassy to make an appointment. Bring the same passport with you as the one you used when applying for a work permit.

You can find the embassy’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 embassy. Once the card has arrived here you will be informed by the embassy, you can collect it without making an appointment from Monday to Friday 09:00 – 12:00. You must bring your passport with you.

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.

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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 embassy.

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

2. Pay the application fee
When submitting your application you should pay the application fee. Payment should be made by cash or cheque only.

Read more under ‘Fees’ .

3. Present an application at the embassy
Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents and a receipt for the fee payment.

You can present the application. Please call the embassy +65 6415 9720 to make an appointment. Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents.

You can find the embassy’s address under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

The embassy sends your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden.

4. Wait for a decision
The Swedish Migration Agency informs the embassy of its decision. The embassy 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’.