Students who have got a job and want to apply for a work permit

If you have a residence permit for studies at a university or university college you may work during this permit's period of validity. You need a work permit if you want to work in Sweden after completing your studies.

To apply for a work permit without leaving the country you should

  • have a residence permit for studies at a university or university college, or residence permit to seek employment in Sweden
  • apply for a work permit before your residence permit expires
  • have completed at least 30 credits or one semester of postgraduate studies in Sweden.

To be eligible to receive a work permit while you are still in Sweden all of the requirements above must be met. Otherwise you must apply from your country of origin or from the country where you have permission to live.

To obtain a work permit you must

  • have a valid passport
  • have been offered terms of employment that are on par with those set by Swedish collective agreements or which are customary within the occupation or industry
  • have been offered a salary that is on par with that set by Swedish collective agreements or which is customary within the occupation or industry
  • have been offered a minimum salary of SEK 13,000 per month before taxes
  • have an employer who intends to provide insurance covering health, life, employment and pension when you begins to work.

In order to obtain a work permit, you must fulfil the requirements for a work permit for one job. The requirements cannot be fulfilled by having two or more jobs at once.

Residence permit to seek employment or to examine the possibilities of starting your own business 

If you have been granted a residence permit for studies at a university or other higher education institution in Sweden and have completed your studies, you can get a residence permit to seek employment or examine the possibilities of starting your own business here.

Read more here about how to apply

How to apply for a work permit

1

The employer initiates the application

Your employer in Sweden initiates the work permit application by completing an offer of employment. Your employer needs information about your name, date of birth, citizenship, education and your e-mail address. However, if you are a student and have been offered a position as a visiting researcher, you must submit your application online by yourself.

It is important that you have access the e-mail address you give your employer until you have received a decision regarding your application. The Swedish Migration Agency will use this e-mail address to communicate with you throughout the application period.

To the employer's information

2

You receive an e-mail

When your employer has completed an offer of employment you will receive an e-mail with information about how to apply for a work permit.

In the application you provide information about yourself. If you have a family which also needs residence permits you apply for their permits at the same time. You should also check that the information about your employment terms in the offer of employment corresponds with what you and your employer have agreed on.

Learn more about permits for family members

3

Attach documents

The following documents are to be scanned or photographed and sent with your application

  • copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the passport's period of validity and whether your have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • a certificate of at least 30 credits or one semester of postgraduate studies in Sweden.

If your passport is about to expire, you should renew it as you cannot obtain a permit for longer than the validity of your passport.

If you are also applying for residence permits for your family

  • copies of the pages in your family members' passports which show their personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin.

If your family did not apply for permits when you applied for a residence permit for studies and are now moving to Sweden you must also include

  • copies of the pages in their passports which show their personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether they have permission to live in countries other than their country of origin
  • copies of marriage certificates or the equivalent (applies to married couples or registered partners)
  • documents showing that you have lived together in your country of origin (applies to common-law spouses)
  • birth certificates for children
  • consent from the other custodial parent, if they are not also coming to Sweden, stating that the child is allowed to move to Sweden
  • documents showing that children above the age of 21 are financially dependent on their parents
  • adoption documents if the child was adopted.

The documents should be translated to Swedish or English by an authorised translator. Copies of original documents should always be included.

Learn more about permits for your family and how they should visit the Swedish embassy or consulate-general to receive residence permit cards. Applies for family members currently outside of Sweden.

If you are applying for a work permit to keep working for the same employer that you have previously been working for

  • statement of earnings and  deductions for income tax returns from the Swedish Tax Agency showing your income for the previous year
  • any payslips for this year.

4

Pay and submit your application

In most cases you must pay a fee. You can pay using Visa or Mastercard. When the fee is paid you submit your application. You will receive an e-mail confirming that your application has been submitted. The Migration Agency will contact you if it needs more information.

Information about work permit fees

5

The Migration Agency processes the application

If you have applied for a work permit before your residence permit for studies expires you are entitled to work while waiting for a decision.

For the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision about your application, all the details need to be filled in and all necessary documents attached. This means that the processing time will be shorter if all the necessary information is included from the start than if information is added afterwards.

Note that the Migration Agency may in some cases need to further examine your application even if you have included all the required information and documents.

Waiting times for work permits

6

Information needed for residence permit card

If you are granted a permit for more than three months you will receive a residence permit card. The card proves that you have permission to reside in Sweden and contains information such as your fingerprints and a photograph. You therefore need to book an appointment at the Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted as soon as possible. You need to do this even if you have previously had a residence permit card, as your photograph and fingerprints are not saved.

Learn more about residence permit cards

Book an appointment at the Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted

7

The decision is sent to you

You will receive an e-mail confirming that a decision has been made. The actual decision is then sent to your address in Sweden. Your employer will also receive a notification about the decision by mail. When the residence permit card is ready it is sent to you within about a week.

Learn more about what happens next under the heading After the decision has been made

If you do not apply online

If you cannot apply online you fill in the form Application for Swedish work permit – for applicants currently in Sweden, no 151011. If your family in Sweden also needs residence permits each family member must submit their own application. The application form specifies which documents to enclose.

Application for Swedish work permit – for applicants currently in Sweden, form no. 151011PDF (in English)

Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed person, form no. 133011PDF (in English)

Send your application to:

The Swedish Migration Agency
Box 3100
903 03 Umeå

In most cases you must pay a fee.

Learn more about fees and how to pay

Last updated: 1 April 2016