Immigration Overview Non-EU Citizen

Citizens of non-EU countries must apply for a work permit in order to work in Sweden.

When should I apply?

Generally, you will need to apply for your permit before entering Sweden. In order to receive a work permit, you must have received an official offer of employment from a Swedish employer. Your employer or client in Sweden is to fill out an offer of employment.
It is not possible to receive a work permit in order to come to Sweden to look for work.
Once you have received the offer of employment, you can apply for a work permit.

Note: You cannot enter Sweden until the permit has been granted.

Where?

You need to apply for a work permit with the Swedish Migration Board.

How?

Either you apply online or you have to fill out Application for Swedish work permit – for applicants currently outside Sweden, No 149011, and turn it in to a Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country where you are living.

Enclose the following documents:

If you apply online, scan and attach the required documents, they have to be in PDF and under 2 MB.. If you apply through an embassy or consulate general, turn in the documents along with your application. The required documents are:

  • copies of the pages of your passport that show personal data, period of validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • your offer of employment, the statement by the trade union and any other papers that your employer sent to you

Note: Don’t forget to fill in the correct address, otherwise you will not receive the letter from the Migration Board.

You will probably be required to pay an application fee. Pay by Visa or MasterCard if you apply online. If you apply through an embassy or consulate general, ask them how to pay.

How long will it take?

If you submit your application online, the Migration Board can begin considering it right away. If you submit it through an embassy or consulate general, they will send it to the Migration Board in Sweden. Assume that it will take about four weeks for the Migration Board to receive the application.

The Migration Board first processes applications for which complete information and all necessary documents have been submitted. In other words, you will receive a faster decision if you send everything they need together with your application than if you add information afterwards. Remember that the Migration Board might have to investigate your application further even if you submit all the information and documents that they have asked for.

Receiving the decision

If you apply online, you will receive an e-mail when the decision has been made. The actual decision will come from the embassy or consulate general that you specified in your application. Your employer or client will receive a letter about the decision at the same time.
If you applied through an embassy or consulate general, they will contact you once the decision has been made. Take your passport along when picking up your decision.

Data for residence permit cards

If you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints.
If you need a visa for travel to Sweden you should visit the Swedish Embassy or General Consulate as soon as possible, to have your picture and fingerprints taken. Your photo and fingerprints cannot be saved, so you need to go through the process even if you had a residence permit card before.
If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, as soon as possible after your arrival in Sweden you should visit the Migration Board to have your picture and fingerprints taken.

Permits for family members

If you obtain a permit to work in Sweden, residence permits can be granted to members of your family for the same period of time.

When should they apply?

If members of your family plan to accompany you to Sweden, you can include them in your online application. If your family will register after you do, each family member should register individually.

Where?

You need to apply with the Swedish Migration Board.

How?

Either you include them in your application online or each of them must fill out Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, No 133011, and Family details Appendix to your application No 239011, and turn them in to the Swedish embassy or consulate general in the country where they are living.

The following documents must be enclosed with the application, they have to be in PDF and under 1 MB:

  • copies of the pages of their passport that show personal data, period of validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin
  • a copy of the principal’s passport
  • a copy of a marriage certificate or the equivalent if they are married or have a registered partner
  • a document proving that you lived together in your country of origin if you are common-law spouses
  • birth certificates for children
  • a letter of support from the person who is working in Sweden

Note: If the marriage certificate and birth certificate aren’t in English or Swedish they will have to be translated and legalized.

Receiving the decision

If you include the family in your online application you will receive an e-mail when the decision has been made. Otherwise the decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate general. The member of your family must take their passport along when picking up the decision. The Swedish embassy or consulate general will hand over or send their card to them as soon as it is ready.

Data for residence permit cards

If you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints.
If you need a visa for travel to Sweden you should visit the Swedish Embassy or General Consulate as soon as possible, to have your picture and fingerprints taken. Your photo and fingerprints cannot be saved, so you need to go through the process even if you had a residence permit card before.

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