If you are already in Sweden and want to apply for work permit
The main rule is that you must apply for and obtain a permit before entering Sweden. Under certain circumstances, you can apply for and obtain a permit while in the country.
You can apply for a work permit while in Sweden if you:
- want to extend your current permit
- need a new permit because you are switching employers or occupations
- have worked while you were an asylum seeker, have had your application denied, and have been offered continued employment
- have a residence permit to attend a college or university
- have a residence permit in order to seek employment after finishing your studies
- have entered Sweden to see an employer (only if there is great demand for workers in the occupation)
- have a residence permit because you met a partner in Sweden but the relationship ended. In that case you must have a job or a job offer. Assuming that you apply for a work permit before your previous one expires, you have the right to continue working or start at a new job while waiting for the decision. Find out about application procedures under Extending your work permit.
If you are a non-EU national with a university degree or five years' professional experience and a salary equivalent to one and a half times the average gross salary in Sweden, you may apply for an EU Blue Card.
If you have a temporary residence permit based on extraordinary or distressing circumstances, and are able to support yourself through your work, you can apply for a permanent residence permit.
When you apply for a new job
When you apply for a new job, you need to include copies of documents that show that you have the right to stay and work in Sweden. You also need to bring your residence permit card with you. The employer will want to know the duration of your right to work in Sweden and if there are any limitations in your permit. The person that hires you will ask for a copy of the documents and will notify the Tax Agency of your employment.