Work permit requirements

You must have been offered a job before you can obtain a work permit. You cannot enter Sweden until the permit has been granted. You cannot obtain a work permit to go to Sweden and look for a job.

Information for holders of work permits who wish to apply for an extension

When you apply for an extension of your work permit, the Migration Agency checks that the conditions for a work permit have been met during the periods of validity of each of your previous work permit periods. For applications to be complete, you need to submit documents that show that salary and insurance requirements have been met for each month you have held a work permit in Sweden.

To obtain a work permit you must

  • have a valid passport
  • have been offered terms of employment that are on par with those set by Swedish collective agreements or which are customary within the occupation or industry
  • have been offered a salary that is on par with that set by Swedish collective agreements or which is customary within the occupation or industry
  • you must be offered a position that will enable you to support yourself. In order to satisfy this support requirement, you need to work to an extent that will result in a salary of at least SEK 13,000 per month before taxes
  • have an employer who intends to provide insurance covering health, life, employment and pension when you begin to work.

Learn more about the requirements your employer is subject to

Certain occupations and citizens of certain countries are subject to special regulations for working in Sweden. They are subject to additional or different requirements.

In order to obtain a work permit, you must fulfil the requirements for a work permit for one job. The requirements cannot be fulfilled by having two or more jobs at once. You need a work permit to work in Sweden whether you are employed in Sweden or abroad, whether you are employed by an employment agency that provides personnel to a company in Sweden, or whether you have been transferred within an organization.

Employment for less than three months

For employment that lasts less than three months, citizens of certain countries must have both a work permit and a visa. Contact the Swedish embassy or consulate general for more information about visas.

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Swedish population register

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. To be registered in the Swedish population register, you need to have the permit for at least one year and stay in Sweden for at least one year.

If you will be granted a work permit for a period of time less than one year, you will not be registered in the Swedish population register and will not have rights to social benefits. For this reason, it is important that you have insurance to cover any costs that may arise in the event of illness or an accident.

Last updated: 5 July 2016