New rules for work permits to be introduced on 1 June

The Swedish Riksdag has decided on several rule changes to attract international competence to Sweden and counteract labour exploitation. The new rules will come into effect on 1 June and affect several types of work permits.

An important change is that from 1 June 2022, an employment contract is required for the Swedish Migration Agency to grant a work permit. Under the current rules, an offer of employment is sufficient, but now the employee must attach a signed employment contract when they apply for a work permit.

The new rules on employment contracts apply to both new applications and to people who have already applied for a work permit and are awaiting a decision. The Swedish Migration Agency will contact the employer or the employee if we need more information about the employment in order to make a decision

More strin­gent controls on employers are intro­duced

The new rules also mean that the Swedish Migration Agency can require that the terms of employment are reported and that the employer is obliged to report if the terms of the employment contract change and become less favourable.

An employer who does not report changes may be subject to a fine. The employers affected by this will receive more information.

The Swedish Migration Agency will also carry out more follow-up controls than before to ensure that the promised terms of employment are complied with.

At the same time, changes are made so that the employee is not expelled due to minor inaccuracies. It is formulated as that a temporary residence permit for work should not have to be revoked in minor cases of deviations or if a revocation appears to be unreasonable.

New resi­dence permit for highly quali­fied people

The changes in the legislation do not only entail tighter rules, but they also aim to attract and retain international competence. A new temporary residence permit for up to nine months is introduced for certain highly qualified people who wish to stay in the country to look for work or start a business here.

Other news in the work permit legislation is a visa that enables business travel outside Sweden for people waiting for a decision on an extended work permit.

At the same time, the limitation on the total permit period will be removed so that temporary residence permits can be granted repeatedly without the limit of a total of four years that exists today. The terms for obtaining permanent residence will not change.

Detailed information will be published on the website on 1 June when the new rules come into force.

Not everyone will have to present an employment contract

The requirement to present an employment contract when applying for a work permit will apply to most workers, but some exceptions exist. The following are not affected by the changes, but should continue to present the same documents as before:

  • EU Blue Card
  • ICT permits
  • Researchers
  • Professional athletes
  • Seasonal workers
  • Au pairs
  • Trainees
  • Volunteers under the European Solidarity Corps
  • Summer jobs for young people (so-called Working Holiday visa)