Frequently asked questions about work permits for employees

A person who has been given a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive will be given a residence permit card (UT card). The UT card shows that the person has been granted a residence permit for temporary protection, the person's file number, and that the person has the right to work.

Image: UT card temporary protection refugee.

UT card temporary protection refugee

UT card for a temporary protection refugee

A Ukrainian who has been granted a work permit can enter Sweden before the permit comes into force if he or she is exempt from the visa requirement. A Ukrainian can also enter Sweden and apply for a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive even if he or she is not exempt from the visa requirement.

Yes.

No. The process of getting a permit granted usually only takes a few days. During that time, the person is not allowed to work.

The residence permit is valid from the date the decision to grant the permit is taken until 4 March 2023.

The main rule in Sweden is that a work permit must be granted before the person enters the country. Exceptions can only be made if there are exceptional grounds. This means that it is not certain that a work permit can be granted if the person is already in Sweden. However, Ukrainians who have applied for a permit under the Temporary Protection Directive can be granted a permit even if they are already in Sweden.

Yes. It may take a few weeks for the residence permit card to be issued. The residence permit decision is valid while the person is waiting to receive their residence permit card. The decision states that the person has the right to stay and work in Sweden.

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