Exemptions from the work permit requirements
Keep in mind that:If the job is for more than three months, the person must apply for a residence permit.
Citizens of certain countries need a visa to enter Sweden.
Learn more about applying for a entry visa
Countries whose citizens require a visa for visits shorter than three months
The following people may work in Sweden without a permit:
- Specialists in an international corporation who work temporarily in Sweden for the corporation for a total of less than one year. The exception does not apply to specialists who are subject to the ICT regulations.
- Employees who participate in practical experience, internal training or other skills development at a company in an international group for up to three months altogether over the period of 12 months.
- People who participate in training, testing, preparation or completion of deliveries, or similar activities within the framework of a business transaction for up to three months altogether over the period of 12 months.
- Diplomats and consular officials, as well as their families and staff. The exemption generally applies to the current mission only.
- Fitters or technical instructors in connection with urgent installation or repair of machinery for up to two months. The work must be an emergency – in other words, an unexpected event that requires immediate measures. Scheduled or foreseeable work does not qualify for the exemption.
- People who have a temporary gig for a radio or television broadcast by Sveriges Radio AB, Sveriges Television AB, Sveriges Utbildningsradio AB or Nordisk Television AB (TV4-gruppen/TV4 AB) for up to one month after entering Sweden.
- Performers, technicians and other tour staff, provided that the performer has been invited by an established arranger for up to 14 days over a period of 12 months. See list of established arrangers
- Professional athletes and functionaries who participate in international competitions for up to three months over the period of 12 months.
- Railway personnel and lorry drivers in international commercial traffic who are employed outside Sweden.
- Drivers and staff of tourist buses for up to three months.
- Representatives who work temporarily as salespeople, journalists, etc., for a company that does not have a branch or office in Sweden.
- Caregivers employed for a person who is visiting Sweden for up to three months.
- Visiting research fellows or teachers at higher education institutions who participate in research, teaching or lecturing activities for up to three months altogether over the period of 12 months.
- People who live and work in, but are not citizens of, an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and who want to work in Sweden temporarily as a contractor or the equivalent, if they have a permit that gives them the right to work and live in that country.
- Witnesses or plaintiffs in a criminal investigation who have obtained a residence permit as a result.
- For the period of deployment for a person who is part of an aid effort for a disaster or accident in Sweden.