Employing a Swiss citizen

Swiss citizens do not need a work permit to work in Sweden, but should apply for a residence permit if they will be staying for longer than three months.

Swiss citizens may begin working immediately and do not need to wait to receive the decision about the residence permit.

You need to give your employee the following

You should give those who work for you a certificate of employment. Use the form Anställningsintyg för personer med status som varaktigt bosatta i en annan EU-stat, number 227021 (the form is only available in Swedish).

You may also write your own certificate of employment which should include the following:

  • The name, address and phone number of your business
  • The corporate identity number of your business
  • The employee's details (name, date of birth and citizenship)
  • The salary you are paying
  • The percentage of full-time employment
  • Whether the position is temporary or permanent
  • The number of hours worked per week
  • Whether you are paying by the hour or when you need extra help.

The certificate of employment, which should be signed by you, may not be more than three months old. Those who work for you should include their certificate when they submit their application for a residence permit.

Engaging a consultant

Any time you engage a consultant or someone else to perform a service, they need a signed certificate, agreement or similar document from you to turn in when they register their right of residence. The certificate must state the kind of service involved and how long the assignment is going to last.

How long are permits valid for?

If your employee is granted a residence permit, this is usually valid for five years. In cases where the Swedish Migration Agency has difficulty judging how long the employment will last, they may be granted a shorter permit. If they would like to continue living in Sweden after their permit has expired, they should submit an application to extend their permit. When a residence permit is extended, you should, as the employer, fill out at new certificate of employment. Then give the certificate of employment to your employee who will send the document with their application.

When they have had a residence permit for five years, they may be granted a permanent residence permit. The permanent residence permit is valid for as long as they are resident in Sweden.

Last updated: 2017-10-09

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