Support for employers in the application process
As an employer, you have a lot to think about when recruiting employees from countries outside the EU. If you are planning to employ highly qualified workers, you can therefore receive extra support when preparing to apply for a work permit. This support is adapted to your needs and recruitment situation.
Although all employers are of course welcome to contact us for guidance, the Swedish Migration Agency has a specific mission to promote the recruitment of highly qualified workers. To this end, we now have a special team that provides extra support for employers looking to hire highly qualified workers. You can find a definition of what this means further down the page.
Extra support adapted to your recruitment situation
We want employers that recruit highly qualified workers to be well equipped to submit complete applications and receive quick decisions. That’s why you can get extra support from information officers who are specialists in the work permit process. They will provide you with customised information adapted to your current recruitment situation. The support can consist of individual contact via e-mail or phone, as well as in-person meetings if necessary.
You can also receive this extra support if you are a representative acting on behalf of an employer in the application process.. However, the requirements for obtaining a work permit remain the same.
Companies in industries with stricter investigation requirements are not eligible for support
The extra service for employers that recruit highly qualified workers does not apply to employers in industries where the Swedish Migration Agency applies stricter investigation requirements to counteract fraud and human exploitation.
We collaborate to ensure good cooperation
To enable employers like you to keep up to date on current issues, the Swedish Migration Agency collaborates with industry and employer organisations. We meet at collaboration meetings and share current and relevant information – which the industry and employer organisations then share via their channels.
Our common goal is to increase the number of complete applications, which benefits all of us. At the same time, the collaboration meetings are a way for the Swedish Migration Agency to gather information that can have other positive effects: improved information, improved processes, or more user-friendly services. We hold these collaboration meetings regularly and follow them up with statistics to ensure that our efforts are having an effect.
The definition of highly qualified workers is based on the Swedish Standard Classification of Occupations (SSYK), a system of codes that group individuals’ occupations or tasks. The codes used to distinguish highly qualified workers based on occupational areas are SSYK Codes 1-3 (SSYK 2012):
- Managerial occupations
- Occupations that require advanced higher education qualifications
- Occupations with a requirement for higher education qualifications or equivalent.