Asylum seekers who have got a job and want to apply for a work permit
If your application for asylum has been refused and a deportation or refusal-of-entry order has entered into force, you may be able to apply for a work permit under certain circumstances without leaving Sweden.
In order to work while you are an asylum seeker, you must have an AT-UND (exemption from the work permit requirement). You must meet certain requirements to obtain an AT-UND.
Requirements for a work permit
In order for you to receive a work permit:
- the Migration Board must receive your application within 14 days after the decision concerning your application for asylum entered into force
- you must have a valid passport
- you must have had an AT-UND while you were an asylum seeker
- you must have been working for four months for the same employer prior to the date that the Migration Board received your application for a work permit
- your employer must offer you the opportunity to continue working for another 12 months
- the terms of employment must be at least on the same level as Swedish collective agreements or that which is customary in the occupation or industry. The terms of employment include insurance coverage as well as salary. The requirements also apply to the previous four months.
- you must be offered a monthly pretax salary of at least SEK 13,000. The requirements also apply to the previous four months.
To obtain a work permit, you must fulfil the requirements for a work permit for one job. You cannot fulfil the requirements via a combination of several jobs.
Make sure to extend your passport if it is about to expire – you cannot obtain a work permit for longer than your passport's period of validity.
Read more about the requirements to which your employer is subject under For employers.
How to apply
Apply for a work permit online.
If you are unable or unwilling to apply online, fill out Application for Swedish work permit — for applicants currently in Sweden, no. 151011 and post or turn it in to a Migration Board permit unit.
You will probably be required to pay a fee.
Enclose the following documents with your application:
- 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
- a job offer and a statement concerning the terms of employment by the trade union concerned — to be obtained from your employer
- wage specifications for the past four months.
Once we have received your application
If you obtain a permit, 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. Book an appointment to have your picture and fingerprints taken. Because photos and fingerprints are not saved, you must go through the process again even if you have had a residence permit card before.
You may continue to work while you are waiting for a decision.
After the decision has been made
The decision will be sent to your address in Sweden. Once the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to you within approximately one week. Read more under After the decision has been made.
If you are granted a work permit, you will be released from your reception unit and you must arrange for a place to live.
Permits for members of your family
Members of your family can obtain permits for the same period of time as you do. Family members include:
- your spouse, common-law spouse, or registered partner
- unmarried children of you or your partner who are under 18.
How a member of your family is to apply
If a member of your family is also an asylum seeker in Sweden, a refusal of their application for asylum must have gained legal force in order for them to apply for a permit without leaving the country. They must apply within two weeks after the decision entered into force.
If a member of your family applies for a permit at the same time as you do, include them in your online application. If you are unable or unwilling to apply online, each member of your family must fill out Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, no. 133011 and send or turn it in to a Migration Board permit unit.
Members of your family must enclose the following documents with their application:
- 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 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
- consent from the child's other guardian if they are not coming to Sweden.
You can appeal against a decision concerning a work permit. You must turn the appeal in to the Migration Board within three weeks after receiving the decision. If you do not receive a work permit, your previous deportation or refusal-of-entry order remains in force.