Work permit requirements

Information about the regulations that apply to prospective employees for obtaining a work permit, and your role as an employer.

Information for employers wishing to hire holders of work permits in Sweden who are applying for extensions

In the case of an application for an extension of a work permit, the Migration Agency checks that the conditions for a work permit have been met during the periods of validity of each of the prospective employee’s previous work permit periods. For applications to be complete, the employee needs to submit documents that show that salary and insurance requirements have been met for each month you have held a work permit in Sweden.

For the prospective employee to obtain a work permit you, as the employer, must satisfy the following conditions

  • advertise the position in Sweden and within EU/EES and Switzerland for a minimum of ten days
  • offer terms of employment that are at least on par with those set by Swedish collective agreements or which are customary within the occupation or industry
  • offer a salary that is at least on par with those set by Swedish collective agreements or which is customary within the occupation or industry
  • intend to provide health insurance, life insurance, occupational injury insurance and occupational pension insurance when the employee begins to work
  • offer employment that enables the employee to support oneself. In order to satisfy this support requirement, the employee needs to work to an extent that will result in a salary of at least SEK 13,000 per month before taxes
  • complete an offer of employment and allow the relevant trade union to provide a statement of opinion regarding the terms of employment.

Specific regulations are in effect for certain occupations and citizens of certain countries. Within certain industries, more stringent requirements can be placed on the employer. Remember to check whether you or your prospective employee is affected by these regulations.

If you are going to hire someone who is applying for extension of a work permit, we require additional documents from the employee.

Learn more about what rules apply to an employee applying for extension of his or her work permit

Newly established companies

If your company is newly established and you would like to employ a citizen of a non-EU country, special regulations are in effect. The Swedish Migration Agency considers any business that has been operational for less than one year to be newly established. In addition to the regulations above, as a newly established company you must document how the business will guarantee the salary of the prospective employee seeking a work permit. For more information, see If the person will apply for a work permit.

Newly established companies registered in a non-EU country but which operate in Sweden must have a subsidiary branch registered in Sweden. The subsidiary branch is responsible for documenting the applicable terms of employment in the offer of employment, as well as providing further information to the Migration Agency where necessary. Registration occurs with the Swedish Companies Registration Officeexternal link, opens in new window.

More information about how to prove that you fulfil the requirements as an employer and what to do when you are employing someone who requires a work permitopens in new window.

Important information regarding insurance

In order for an employee to receive a work permit, the employer must provide health insurance, life insurance, industrial injury insurance and occupational pension insurance for the employee when they begin working.

In order for an employee to extend their work permit, they must have been provided with health insurance, life insurance, industrial injury insurance and occupational pension insurance for the entire period in which they have had a work permit in Sweden.

To show that the insurance has been valid throughout the employment period, the document must state the start date of the policies and their terms and conditions.

Someone who has been in Sweden for less than one year does not have the same rights to social benefits as someone who is a resident of Sweden. For this reason, it is important that the person in question has been provided with insurance to cover any costs that may arise in the event of illness or an accident.

Last updated: 2017-02-07

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