Frontier workers

If you are a British citizen who at 31 December 2021 and in continuation live in another country, but work in Sweden as an employee or as a self-employed person, you are considered to be a frontier worker.

As a British citizen, you cannot receive residence status since you do not live in Sweden. However, you have the right to apply to get a certificate that you are a frontier worker according to the withdrawal agreement. In contrast to British citizens, who live in Sweden, there is no time limit for when you must turn in your application for this certificate; you can do so at any time as of 1 December 2020.

You apply for a certificate that you are a frontier worker with the Swedish Migration Agency. Together with your application, you must send in verification that you:

  • live in another country, such as a housing contract or equivalent civic registration
  • work or are a sole proprietor in Sweden, which is verified in the same way as in an application for residence status
  • lived in another country and worked in Sweden at the end of the transition period
  • and a copy of your passport or national ID card.

You will receive a card as evidence that you are a frontier worker. The card is valid for five years and can be extended.

What you need to enclose with your application depends on who you are. Choose the heading that applies to you.

  • copies of the pages of your passport which states your citizenship and the passport’s period of validity, or copy of your British national identity card
  • certificate of employment include information about employer’s name, contact information and corporate registration number, wages, duration of the employment, scope of the work (number of hours per week) and when the employment began. If the certificate of employment is more than three months old, a payslip for the most recent month also needs to be attached
  • document that shows that you are a resident of another country, such as a transcript from that country’s civil/national registration.

  • copies of pages of your passport which states your citizenship and the passport’s period of validity, or copy of your British national identity card
  • documents that show that you are self-employed, for example F-tax certificate and certificate of registration, latest VAT return submitted to the Swedish Tax Agency or an extract from the tax account, or evidence that you are running a business, e.g. customer invoices, receipts for purchased materials, rental agreement for commercial premises, etc.
  • document that shows that you are a resident of another country, such as a transcript from that country’s civil/national registration.

If you are in the process of setting up your own business in Sweden but do not yet have a business, you need to enclose copies of:

  • documents which state the plans that are in place for the company and the preparations that have been made
  • service contracts, customer contact information or a rental agreement for commercial premises
  • transfer agreement and the most recent annual report
  • document that shows that you are a resident of another country, such as a transcript from that country’s civil/national registration.

If you cannot complete an online application, you must complete the form, which you find a link to below, and send it in to:

Swedish Migration Agency
Box 3100
903 03 Umeå

Application for a certificate for frontier worker, form 275011 Pdf, 968.8 kB, opens in new window.

If you live in Sweden, but work in another country, you do not count as a frontier worker, but rather as a resident of Sweden. In these cases, you may probably have a right of residence through sufficient funds. If you want to keep the right to live in Sweden, you must apply for residence status before the end of the application period.

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