Work permit when you plan to change jobs

Your work permit is limited to the specific employer and occupation indicated in your decision. You may need to apply for a new work permit if you change jobs.

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The first 24 months

During the first 24 months, the work permit is limited to the specific employer and occupation indicated in your decision. You must apply for a new work permit if you are offered a new job during this period of time. Once you have submitted your application, you are permitted to begin working for your new employer before receiving a decision, provided that you submitted your application before the previous permit expired. Your new employer must have advertised the position in Sweden and within EU/EES and Switzerland before you begin working.

Learn more about how your employer must have advertised your new job

Change of organisation registration number or change of ownership

Your work permit is no-longer valid if the company where you work changes organisation registration number, if your employer changes (e.g. through a merger or change of ownership), if your job description or the terms of your employment change. You must therefore apply for a new work permit. Once you have submitted your application, you are permitted to begin working before receiving a decision, provided that you submitted your application before the previous permit expired.

After 24 months

If you have had a work permit for 24 months and are granted an extension, you are permitted to change employer without applying for a new work permit, provided you are in the same occupation. If your new job is in a different occupation, you must apply for a new work permit. Once you have submitted your application, you are permitted to begin working before receiving a decision, provided that you submitted your application before the previous permit expired. Your new employer must have advertised the position in Sweden and within EU/EES and Switzerland before you begin working.

Learn more about how your employer must have advertised your new job

If you quit your job or if you are terminated

If you quit your job or if you are terminated, you are permitted to remain in Sweden and seek new employment for a period of three months. You must have a valid residence permit during this period of time. If your permit is about to expire, you must apply for an extension.

When you apply for work, you need to include copies of documents which show that you have the right to stay and work in Sweden. You must also bring your residence permit card with you. The employer will want to for how long you have the right to work in Sweden and if there are any limitations to your permit.  Your new employer will require a copy of these documents and will notify the Swedish Tax Agency of your employment.

If you get a new job and have had a work permit for less than 24 months, you must apply for a new work permit. Once you have submitted your application, you are permitted to begin working before receiving a decision, provided that you submitted your application before the previous permit expired. Your new employer must have advertised the position in Sweden and within EU/EES and Switzerland before you begin working. If you do not find a new job within three months, the Swedish Migration Board can revoke your permit.

Learn more about how your employer must have advertised your new job

Read more about how to apply for a new work permit under the heading extending your permit

Examples

Ahmed.

Ahmed works as a personal care assistant at Vård AB. After one year, he decides to begin working at Vård DeLux AB instead. Before he begins his new job he must submit an application for a new work permit for the job at Vård DeLux AB. Ahmed is permitted to begin his new job while his application is being processed by the Swedish Migration Board. For the new work permit to be approved, the new job must fulfil the requirements for a work permit.

Olga.

Olga obtained a two-year work permit as an electrician at Statisk Elektricitet. After just a few months, the company declares bankruptcy. Olga must find a new job within three months from the date her job ended or her work permit may be revoked.

After two months, she finds a new job and submits an application for a new work permit at the same time. Once the Swedish Migration Board has received her application, Olga can begin her new job.

Somchai.

Somchai obtained a work permit and has been working as an IT technician at Datafirman AB for three years, when he is offered a job as an IT technician at Data-Nisse. Because a work permit is limited to a specific employer for the first two years only, he can begin working for his new employer with his current work permit. He does not need to apply for a new work permit when changing jobs.

Data-Nisse is so pleased with Somchai that they offer him a management position six months later. Since this is a new occupation, he must apply for a new work permit. He is permitted to begin working as a manager while he is waiting for a decision.

 

Last updated: 3 September 2014