Frequently asked questions – berry picking

Frequently asked questions for employers or agents

It is the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union that is to make a statement on the conditions in the employment offering.

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If the berry picker is employed by a staffing agency, the berry picker is covered by an agreement called the staffing services agreement and the minimum salary there is slightly higher than in the agreement with the Federation of Swedish Forestry and Agricultural Employers.

If the berry picker is offered a shorter duration of stay than three months and comes from a country where a visa is needed for entry to Sweden, the berry picker must also apply for a visa.

Learn more about how to apply for a visa on Visiting Sweden.

Yes, you can apply. The Migration Agency will request a comment from the trade union, but your application will take longer to process.

An EU citizen has a right to work, study or live in Sweden without a work permit or residence permit. Upon entry to Sweden, they need a valid passport or an identity card showing their citizenship. For more questions, please contact the Swedish Tax Agency.external link, opens in new window

Yes you can. But you must offer conditions of employment on a par with Swedish collective agreements or whatever is customary within the occupation or industry. The trade Union should also be given an opportunity to comment on the conditions. Your application will take significantly longer time to process.

The employee must earn at least SEK 13,000 and be able to live on his or her salary. Not all employees work full time, but even if they work at 75 per cent of full time, the salary must come up to at least SEK 13,000 before taxes – this corresponds to a monthly salary that is higher than SEK 13,000.

You can prove this in various ways, for example by submitting a document that states that the employee has received the information that you as an employer have provided.

This could be by demonstrating that there are sufficient funds in a bank account or equivalent, an overdraft facility, guarantees from the bank (only banks within the EU/EEA and Switzerland). It could also be demonstrated through a legally binding commitment from another financier or a surety bond from a guarantor who can demonstrate that funds are available. To support this, a balance sheet and an earnings report may be submitted.

Contact the staffing agency you want to use. If you engage a staffing agency that is not in Sweden, they must have a branch registered in Sweden. It is the staffing agency that will create an offer of employment in the e-service and guarantee the information provided about the terms of employment.

You can do it in several ways. One way, for example, is to submit salary specifications for the berry pickers you employed in previous years.

Frequently asked ques­tions for employees

The offer of employment specifies which insurance that shall be subscribed. If you apply for a work permit for a period of less than three months, you must have an insurance that covers medical expenses and hospitalisation for the time you are here. The insurance must also cover repatriation for medical reasons.

If your employer is established in Sweden you need to fulfil other requirements. That your employer is established in Sweden means that they have their seat and actual business here.

If you are going to work during a limited period as a berry picker, you must apply for a seasonal work permit instead.

Read more about seasonal work permits

The Migration Agency cannot help you if your employer or client does not meet the conditions of the employment offer. Try to contact the Swedish Municipal Workers' Union.external link, opens in new window

No, you will not get your fee back even if your application is rejected.

Last updated: 2020-08-05