First and most important thing to keep in mind is that you cannot enter in Sweden for the purpose of working in there without a Sweden Work Visa. Hence, you should apply for your Sweden Work Visa before you enter the country.
To obtain a Sweden work visa, you must have an offer of employment in Sweden. Your employer must have advertised the job in Sweden and the EU/EEA and Switzerland for at least ten days before the offer of employment was made to you. The employer can only invite a non-EU and non-EEA national to work in Sweden only if there is no one available to work in Sweden for that advertised position and occupation.
The Employer Initiates the Application
When your employer has completed an offer of employment you will receive an email with information about how to apply for a work permit.
In the application you have to provide complete information about yourself. If your family is coming with you to Sweden then you have to apply for permits for them at the same time along with your application. You should also check that the information about your employment terms in the offer of employment corresponds with what you and your employer have agreed on.
Required Documents for Sweden Work Visa
You need to submit the following documents with your visa application:
- copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the passport’s period of validity, bar code on the identification page and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
- a power of attorney in the event you are representing the applicant.
If your passport is about to expire, you should extend it because you are not able to get a permit for longer than your passport is valid.
If you are applying for an extension of work permit, you will need to attach additional documents to your application.
The following documents are to be scanned/photographed and sent with your application
- copies of the pages in your passport that show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport-issuing country, the passport’s period of validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.
- the offer of employment and a statement from the applicable trade union organisation that you have received from your employer
- proof that your employer will encounter serious problems if you must leave Sweden to apply for a permit
- documents that show the purpose of your visit to Sweden was to visit an employer.
If your passport is about to expire, you should renew it as you cannot obtain a permit for longer than the validity of your passport.
If you are also applying for residence permits for your family
- Copies of the pages in your family members’ passports that show personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport-issuing country, the passport’s period of validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin.
- Copies of marriage certificates or the equivalent (applies to married couples or registered partners)
- Documents showing that you have lived together in your country of origin (applies to cohabiting partners)
- Birth certificates for children
- Permission from the other custodian, if this person is not coming to Sweden, stating that the child is allowed to move to Sweden
- Documents showing that children above the age of 21 are financially dependent on their parents
- Adoption papers if the child is adopted.
The documents should be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised public translator. Copies of original documents should always be included.
Family members who are outside of Sweden and applying for a residence permit must visit a Swedish embassy or consulate-general to receive a residence permit card.
Employment as a Personal Assistant
If you are applying for a work permit as a personal assistant you must attach a copy of the decision issued by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) regarding assistance benefits. This decision shows that you have somebody that you will be working with and that this person is entitled to an assistance benefit.
What is a power of attorney?
A power of attorney can be a signed letter in which the person applying for a permit allows another person to represent him or her. A power of attorney can, for example, give someone the right to apply, be informed of the reasons for a decision, or lodge an appeal for someone else. The power of attorney must be signed by the person who gives their power of attorney to another person, and must be presented in the original if required by the Swedish Migration Agency.
In order to give another person power of attorney, you will need to send a letter to the Swedish Migration Agency stating
- that it is a power of attorney
- the name, date of birth and address of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
- what the person who has the power of attorney has to do
- the name, personal identity number and address of the person who is given the power of attorney
- the signature of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
- the date and place where the power of attorney is signed.
If your family will accompany you and you are applying for them at the same time, you will also be required to submit the following:
- copies of the pages in their passports which show their personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport’s validity, bar code on the identification page and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin.
- copies of marriage certificates or the equivalent (applies to married couples or registered partners)
- documents showing that you have lived together in your country of origin (applies to cohabiting partners)
- birth certificates for children
- consent from the other custodial parent, if they are not also coming to Sweden, stating that the child is allowed to move to Sweden
- documents showing that children above the age of 21 are financially dependent on their parents
- adoption documents if the child was adopted
- power of attorney if you are representing all members of the family who are over 18 years and who are co-applicants.
The above-mentioned documents should be translated into Swedish or English by an authorized translator. You should always submit both a copy of the original document a copy of the translation.
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A statement of consent is a signed letter from the parent who has custody but will not be accompanying the child to Sweden, in which he or she agrees that your child should be granted a residence permit to settle in Sweden. The statement of consent should contain
- the name, date of birth and address of the parent who consents
- the name and date of birth of the child to which the statement of consent relates
- a statement that the parent agrees that the child should be granted a residence permit to settle in Sweden
- the signature of parent consenting, along with his or her name in printed letters.
Pay the Government Fee and Submit Your Application
In most cases you must pay a fee. You can pay using Visa or Mastercard. When the fee is paid you can submit your completed application. After successful submission you and your employer will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted. The Migration Agency of Sweden will contact you if it needs more information.
The Migration Agency Processes the Application
For the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision about your application, all the details need to be filled in and all necessary documents attached. This means that the processing time will be shorter if all the necessary information is included from the start than if information is added afterwards. Note that the Migration Agency may in some cases need to further examine your application even if you have included all the required information and documents.
Information Needed for Residence Permit Card in Sweden
If you are granted a permit for more than three months you will receive a residence permit card. The card proves that you have permission to reside in Sweden and contains information such as your fingerprints and photograph.
If you need an entry visa for travel to Sweden you should therefore visit the Swedish embassy or consulate-general as soon as possible to be photographed and fingerprinted. You need to do this even if you have previously had a residence permit card, as the information is not saved. If your family is also applying for permits, the family members also need to be photographed and fingerprinted at the embassy or consulate-general. Always contact the embassy or consulate-general prior to your visit.
If you do not need an entry visa for travel to Sweden you can submit information for the residence permit card at the Migration Agency after arriving in Sweden. However, you must request and have your work permit issued before you travel to Sweden.
If your documents and other things are satisfactory you will get approval for your Sweden Work Visa that you can get stamped on your passport from the nearest Swedish Embassy or Consulate in your country.
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