Hiring an athlete or trainer

Here you will find information for clubs and associations that are affiliated with the Swedish Sports Confederation and which have signed a contract with a person who is a citizen of a non-EU country.

Requirements for a work permit

The club or association must

  • be a member of the Swedish Sports Confederationexternal link, opens in new window
  • draw up a contract with the person in question and the contract must be signed by both parties
  • offer a salary of at least SEK 14,300 per month before tax.

Moreover, the Swedish Sports Confederation must certify that the employment is of vital importance for the positive development of the sport.

Requirements for using the e-service

In order to use the e-service and create an offer of employment, you must

  • have Bank ID
  • know the email address of the person you want to hire.

E-service for hiring athletes and trainers

After you have made an offer of employment

When you as the employer have made an offer of employment via the e-service, an email with a link is sent to the person you want to hire. That person then applies for a work permit via the link.

As the employer, you can follow the case by logging in to the e-service.

After a decision has been made

When a decision has been made, a copy will be sent to you as the employer stating whether or not a permit has been granted. If you want to know the reasons for the decision, you will need a power of attorney from the sportsperson or coach. If the person is granted a permit, it will be for the same period of time as the contract but never for longer than the passport is valid. The permit applies only for work for the club and the sport specified in the offer of employment.

People who are granted a permit for three months or more will also be given a residence permit card which is issued by the foreign authority. The card must be presented together with a passport upon entry to Sweden and it is proof of the person’s right to be in Sweden. It takes up to four weeks to manufacture and deliver the card.

Notify the Swedish Tax Agency

When you hire someone from a country outside the EU, you must inform the Swedish Tax Agency. You do this by filling in the form "Notification – Employment of a Foreigner SKV 1160" stating the name, address and period of employment of the person who is going to work for you. The form can be found on the Swedish Tax Agency’s websiteexternal link, opens in new window.

You must save copies of documents that show that the person has the right to be and work in Sweden. The documents must be archived for the entire period of employment and for 12 months thereafter.

Exemptions from the work permit requirement

As a professional sportsperson or sports official, you can participate in international competitions for a maximum of three months over a period of 12 months without a work permit. However, citizens in some countries need a visa to enter Sweden.

Countries whose citizens must have a visa for Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

Read more about applying for a visa

Extending a permit

It is the employer who initiates an application for extension for the sportsperson or coach. If the person has had a work permit for at least six months and an application for extension has been made before the current permit expires, he or she has the right to continue working during the waiting period. A work permit for a sportsperson or coach can be granted for a maximum of two years at a time for a total of four years. If there is still a contract after four years, the person can get a permanent residence permit.

If you cannot use the e-service

If you use the e-service

If you use the e-service, you will be given clear instructions on how to fill in the employment offer and what other documents you need to submit. It will be easier to do things correctly right from the start which increases your chances of getting a decision faster.

As the employer, you must fill in the offer of employment form and send it together with the statement from the trade union to the employee who then submits them with the application for a work permit.

You must fill in the form called Offer of Employment, number 232011. If the offer is for several persons with the same work tasks and conditions of employment, you must also fill in the form called Name List, number 234011, and attach it to the Offer of Employment form, number 232011.

Offer of Employment, form number 232011 (in Swedish and English)PDF

Name List, form number 234011 (in Swedish)PDF

In the offer of employment, you must state

  • the company’s corporate registration number
  • the SSYK code
  • the personal details of the person you are hiring
  • how and when you have advertised the job and the reference number or ID number of the advertisement (when new staff are being recruited).

When applying for a work permit, use Statistics Sweden's (SCB) codes according to the Swedish Standard Classification of Occupations (SSYK2012). You will find the SSYK codes in the document below or on Statistics Sweden's (SCB’s) website.

Search for SSYK2012 codesPDF

Statistics Sweden (SCB)external link, opens in new window

Last updated: 2019-10-11

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