Residence and work permits for berry pickers

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and plan on coming to Sweden to pick berries, you need a residence and work permit. The permit must be issued before you travel to Sweden.

If you as a private person want to work as a berry picker in Sweden, you must apply for a residence and work permit for seasonal work.

Read more about applying for a residence and work permit for seasonal work

If you have a representative who is applying for a residence and work permit for you, it is the representative who manages the contact with the Swedish Migration Agency.

Read more about applying for a residence and work permit as a representative for berry pickers

If you are employed by a foreign staffing agency

A Swedish company can buy the berry picking service from a foreign company. The foreign company that has employed you must have a branch in Sweden. It is the client or the employer in Sweden that must guarantee what terms of employment apply in the offer of employment. If you are employed by a foreign staffing agency that does not have operations in Sweden, it is the staffing services agreement that shall be applied. This applies regardless of whether a collective agreement has been signed or not.

The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) has decided that the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union (SKAF) shall have the organisation and agreement right for you as a berry picker. This means that it is SKAF that will be given an opportunity to make a statement on the terms of employment.

Read more about the requirements on your employer or client

Your rights as a berry picker in Sweden

There are special requirements on anyone who employs a person to work in the berry picking industry. This applies regardless of whether the person will pick berries or work as an interpreter, cook, mechanic or any other form of support to the berry pickers.

Among other things, the company must pay the salary you have been offered even if there are not many berries and/or if you do not manage to pick enough berries to cover your salary.

Read more about the requirements and the terms of employment that your employer or client must offer you

Everyone who works in Sweden is entitled to good working conditions. It does not matter if you are a Swedish citizen or if you work here for a limited period of time – you still have a right to having good conditions at work. Therefore it is important that you know what rights you have.

You can find more information about your rights at the Swedish Work Environment Authority.

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It is important that you personally find out what terms of employment apply in the offer of employment you have received.

If problems arise with your employer in Sweden, you can try to contact the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union.

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The Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

Your permit may be withdrawn

  • if, in your application, you provided incorrect information or did not mention something that was significant in regards to your residence permit
  • if the requirements for the permit are no longer met – for example, if you are no longer working, or if the terms of employment are no longer met
  • if you have not started your employment within four months of the first day of validity of the permit.

Frequently asked ques­tions about work permits for berry pickers

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.

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