Extending a work permit

If you plan to continue working after your permit expires, apply to extend it. If you have had a permit for at least six months and the Migration Board receives your new application before it expires, you can continue working for your employer while awaiting a decision.

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For the first two years, a work permit is limited to a particular employer and occupation, so you have to apply for a new permit if you want to switch jobs. Below is some information about how to apply.

Special rules

Special rules applies for perfomers, visiting researchers, athletes and coaches and self-employed persons.

How to apply

Apply for a work permit onlineopens in new window. 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. Apply at the earliest 30 days before your current permit expires.

You will probably be required to pay a fee.

Enclose the following documents with your application

You must enclose:

  • 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
  • documents showing your income for the preceding year if you were working then
  • wage specifications for this year
  • certificates of employment from all your employers with information about the periods you have worked in Sweden if you have had a permit to work in Sweden for four years and you want to apply for a permanent residence permit.

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.

If you work in an industry that is subject to more stringent control, also include documents from your employer showing:

  • that the business can guarantee a salary for you   
  • the last three monthly tax account statements for the business. This requirement applies only if the business had previous employees from non-EU countries who received permits to work for it.

Faster decision if complete information has been submitted

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 we 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 we have asked for.

Once we have received your application

If you submit an application for an extension, you have the right to remain in Sweden while the Migration Board makes a decision. If you have had a permit for at least six months and the Migration Board receives your new application before it expires, you can continue working for your employer while awaiting a decision.

If you go abroad when your permit expires, you may have trouble re-entering Sweden until your new permit is granted. In that case, you might have to wait for your new decision outside Sweden.

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 a photo and your fingerprints. Book an appointment 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.

After the decision has been made

The decision will be sent to your address in Sweden. You can obtain a permit for the period during which the job lasts but not past the time for which your passport remains valid. A work permit can be granted for up to two years at a time. If the Migration Board is unsure about how long the job will last, you may receive a permit for a shorter period of time. Once the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to you within approximately one week.

When you have had a residence permit for 48 months, the Migration Board can grant you a permanent residence permit. A permanent residence permit remains valid as long as you live in Sweden. Keep in mind that your ability to obtain a permanent residence permit may be affected if you did not live or work in Sweden during extended periods of time while your permit was in force.

Go to Switching jobs for information about what happens if you quit your job or receive an offer to work for another employer.

How a member of your family is to apply

If members of your family are living with you in Sweden and also need to extend their permits, apply for them online at the same time. If you do not apply online, each member of your family must submit a separate application. They must fill out Application for permit for family members of employees,visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, no. 133011, and post 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.

If the Migration Board refuses your application

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.

Migrationsverket

Last updated: 2014-02-21