ICT permit

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, employed by a company outside the EU/EEA, and are going to work for a company in Sweden, then you are eligible to receive an ICT (Intra-Corporate Transfer) permit. This applies to you if you are going to work as a manager or specialist, or as a trainee at the company.

An ICT permit entitles citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland to enter and remain in Sweden to work for a company that is established in Sweden within the same corporate group as the host company. If you have already been granted an ICT permit in another EU state but are going to work in Sweden, you may receive an extended-stay mobility ICT permit.

Requirements for being granted an ICT permit

To be granted an ICT permit, you must

  • hold a valid passport
  • be working as a manager, specialist or trainee with the company in Sweden for more than 90 days
  • have the professional qualifications and experience that is required for the position of manager or specialist, or have the education that is required for a trainee position
  • have an employment contract from your employer outside the EEA area regarding your employment in your country of origin. If you are a trainee, you must also submit a trainee agreement for the training period in Sweden
  • have taken out or applied for comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden. If your stay in Sweden is shorter than one year, this requirement applies to the entire stay. If your stay is longer than one year, your health insurance must be valid for three months
  • have been employed for at least three months, continuously, at the time of your transfer within the company
  • be able to relocate, following the period of the transfer, to a company in a country outside the EU that belongs to the same company, or to a company in the same corporate group
  • be able to prove you are qualified to practise your profession in Sweden, if the transfer relates to a regulated profession.

Your employer must

  • provide an offer of employment
  • offer compensation that is in line with Swedish collective agreements, or with what is customary in the profession or industry
  • offer terms of employment that are at least equal to those of an employee posted in Sweden
  • offer employment that enables you to support yourself.

The employment contract and trainee agreement must contain the following information:

  • The employer’s name and address outside the EEA area.
  • The employee’s name and address.
  • When the employment outside the EEA area started.
  • The location where the work/training is carried out.
  • A brief description of the employee’s work duties.
  • Wages and other benefits.
  • The employee’s professional title or the title of his/her job position (does not apply to trainees).

The contract must be translated into Swedish or English.

Managers, specialists and trainees

A manager is

  • a person in a managerial position whose main task is to be in charge of the company’s administration, and who works under and receives instructions from the board of directors, shareholders or equivalent. Managers are for example persons who lead the host company or a host company department, who supervise and control the work performed and who have the authority to hire, dismiss and take other personnel measures.

A specialist is

  • a person who has specialist skills that are important for the company’s technology, administration or areas of operation. In addition to expertise specific to the host company, the Swedish Migration Agency also assesses whether the person has a high level of qualification and appropriate professional experience for a type of work or activity that requires special skills, including a possible officially authorized professional affiliation.

A trainee is a person who

  • has a university or college degree
  • is transferred internally for career development or to obtain training in business technology or business methodology, and
  • receives wages during the transfer.

Requirements for being granted an extended-stay mobility ICT permit

In order to be granted an extended-stay mobility ICT permit, you must

  • hold a valid passport
  • have an ICT permit that was issued in another EU country
  • be working as a manager, specialist or trainee with the company in Sweden for more than 90 days
  • have an employment contract from your employer outside the EEA area. If you are a trainee, you must also submit a trainee agreement for the training in Sweden (see what the agreement should contain under the heading “Requirements for being granted an ICT permit”)
  • have taken out or applied for comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden. If your stay in Sweden is shorter than one year, this requirement applies to the entire stay. If your stay is longer than one year, your health insurance must be valid for three months
  • be able to prove you are qualified to practise your profession in Sweden, if the transfer relates to a regulated profession.

Your employer must

  • provide an offer of employment
  • offer compensation that is in line with Swedish collective agreements, or with what is customary in the profession or industry
  • offer terms of employment that are at least equal to those of an employee posted in Sweden
  • offer employment that enables you to support yourself.

Read more about who is considered a manager, specialist or trainee

How to apply

In most cases, you will need to pay a fee.

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Fee for the ICT permit

ICT permit

You can apply for an ICT permit by using the form Application for ICT permit to work in Sweden – for persons who are not in Sweden, which you can hand in at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.

The application must be made before entry, and you may not be residing in an EU country.

Application for ICT permit to work in Sweden – for persons who are not in Sweden, form number 197011 (in English)PDF

Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, form number 133011 (in English)PDF

Offer of Employment, form number 232011 (in Swedish and English)PDF

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If it is not possible to apply in your country, you should apply at the embassy or consulate-general that is closest to the country in which you live. For information about the procedure for embassies or consulates-general, go to swedenabroad.com.

If you apply at an embassy or a consulate-general, you pay the fee when you submit your application. You will need to contact the relevant embassy or consulate-general for information on fees, as they do not follow the same regulations on fees that the Swedish Migration Agency does.

ICT permit for another EU country

If you have an ICT permit that was granted to you in another EU country, you may submit your application for an extended-stay mobility ICT permit in Sweden.

Send your application to the Swedish Migration Agency, Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.

Application for ICT permit to work in Sweden – for persons who are in Sweden, form number 185011 (in English)PDF

Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, form number 133011 (in English)PDF

Offer of Employment, form number 232011 (in Swedish and English)PDF

You must enclose

  • copies of the pages in your passport that show your personal details, photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • an offer of employment, and a statement from a trade union on the terms of employment you are being offered (you should obtain this from your employer)
  • an employment contract from your employer outside the EEA area. If you are a trainee, you must also submit a trainee agreement for the training period in Sweden
  • a degree certificate/register extract from your university if you are a trainee
  • information on the insurance company with which you have taken out an insurance policy, and the period of validity of the insurance policy
  • documents confirming that you are qualified to practise your profession, if the application is for a regulated profession
  • a copy of your current ICT permit, if you were granted an ICT permit for another EU country
  • power of attorney, if you are the legal representative of the applicant.

Power of attorney to represent you

If you want someone else to represent you in your case with the Migration Agency, you can grant someone a power of attorney. A power of attorney may, for example, give someone else the right to make an application, be advised of the reasons for a decision or appeal against a decision on your behalf. The power of attorney must be written and signed by you as the person granting the power of attorney to someone else, and must be presented, in the original, if requested by the Migration Agency. If you are over 18 and want a member of your family to represent you, you will also need to submit a power of attorney.

To grant a power of attorney to another person, you may use the form Power of Attorney. The form applies to you if you have applied for a residence permit on the grounds of work, study, connections or visit.

Power of Attorney, form number 107011PDF

Once we have received your application

A decision on the ICT permit and extended-stay mobility ICT permit will be made within 90 days. The decision process must be complete before you travel to Sweden.

If you have an ICT permit that has been granted in another EU country, you may enter Sweden and work for the time during which you are waiting for your decision, on condition that your permit’s period of validity has not expired, or that the time limit of 90 days has not been exceeded. The time limit is 90 days over a period of 180 days.

Check to ensure that your application has been registered, and to see whether you have received a decision

After the decision has been made

The decision is sent to the embassy or the consulate-general where you submitted your application. You must have your passport with you when you come to collect your decision. You may receive a permit for the time period for which you are offered work, but not longer than the validity period of your passport.

If your application for an ICT permit is granted, you will receive a residence permit card that says “ICT”. If you apply for an extended-stay mobility ICT permit, and you application is granted, you will receive a residence permit card that says “ICT mobile”. The card is proof that you have permission to stay in Sweden, and contains your fingerprints and a photograph of you.

When the residence permit card is ready, you may come and collect it from the embassy or consulate-general, or they will send it to you. Bear in mind that it can take up to four weeks to produce and deliver the card to the embassy or consulate-general after you have received your decision. When entering Sweden, you must present your residence permit card together with a valid passport.

If you need a visa to travel to Sweden, you will need to visit the Swedish embassy or consulate-general as soon as possible to have your fingerprints and photograph taken. You need to do this even if you have had a residence permit card previously, as your photograph and fingerprints cannot be saved.

If you are able to travel to Sweden without a visa, you will need to be able to present a copy of the decision when entering Sweden. You must make an appointment to have your fingerprints and photograph taken as soon as you can after arriving in Sweden. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden. This also applies if you apply for an extended-stay mobility ICT permit when you are in Sweden.

The card entitles you to work in Sweden for the employer, and in the occupation, that you specified in your application. The card is valid for the time period stated in the decision.

An ICT permit, or an extended-stay mobility ICT permit, cannot be granted if you have reached the maximum time limit for a transfer within the company. This means that a permit cannot be granted for a longer time than three years for managers and specialists, or for longer than one year for trainees. If you have an ICT permit for another EU state, you may only receive an extended-stay mobility ICT permit that is valid during the same time period as the ICT permit.

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Read more about the residence permit card

Check to ensure that your application has been registered, and to see whether you have received a decision

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Information for those who have recently moved to Sweden on a residence permit

Make an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency to have your fingerprints and photograph taken, if you are able to travel to Sweden without a visa

Obligation to notify

If you have, or have applied for, an ICT permit, or have an extended-stay mobility ICT permit, you must notify the Swedish Migration Agency if anything changes that affects the terms of the permit. This could apply if, for example, you are not receiving the remuneration you have been offered, or your terms of employment have been downgraded.

If you do not report changes that affect the terms of the permit, your application for a permit or extension of a permit may be rejected, your permit may be withdrawn, or you may, in the worst case, be fined or imprisoned for up to six months.

You can report changes by sending a letter to the Swedish Migration Agency in which you explain what has changed. You must clearly state your name and reference number (case number).

Send your letter to the Swedish Migration Agency, PO Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.

Your employer must also notify the Swedish Migration Agency if anything changes that affects the terms of your permit.

Permit for your family

Your family may also receive a residence permit for the same period as you. The following count as family members:

  • your partner (cohabiting partner, husband/wife or registered partner)
  • your or your partner’s unmarried children under 18. 

If your family will be accompanying you, and you are applying for them at the same time, you must also enclose

  • copies of the pages in their passports showing their personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and the machine-readable code on the identity page, and the pages indicating whether they have a permit to live in countries other than their country of origin
  • a copy of the wedding certificate, marriage certificate or equivalent (applies to married couples and registered partners)
  • document(s) showing that you have been living together in your country of origin (applies to cohabiting partners)
  • birth certificate(s) for child(ren)
  • consent from the other custodian, if this person is not accompanying you to Sweden, confirming that the child may move to Sweden
  • adoption papers, if the child is adopted
  • power of attorney, if you are the legal representative of your partner.

The documents must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised public translator. You must enclose a copy of the original document and a copy of the translation of the documents.

Extending your permit

If you wish to continue working in Sweden, you must extend your ICT permit or extended-stay mobility ICT permit. The application must be submitted before your current permit expires. The permit may be extended for up to three years if you are working as a manager or specialist, or up to one year if you are a trainee.

How to apply

You can apply for an extension of your ICT permit by using the form Application for ICT permit to work in Sweden – for persons who are in Sweden, which you can hand in or send to The Swedish Migration Agency.

Send your application to the Swedish Migration Agency, Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.

Application for ICT permit to work in Sweden – for persons who are in Sweden, form number 185011 (in English)PDF

Offer of Employment, form number 232011 (in Swedish and English)
PDF

In most cases, you will need to pay a fee.

Fee for the ICT permit

If your family live with you in Sweden and they also need to extend their permits, they can apply by using the form Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons.

Application for permit for family members of employees, visiting researchers, athletes and self-employed persons, form number 133011 (in English)
PDF

You must enclose

  • the form Application for ICT permit to work in Sweden – for persons who are in Sweden, form number 184011
  • copies of the pages in your passport that show your personal details, photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • statement of earnings with details on your income for the previous year, if you were working in Sweden then
  • wage details for this year, if you are working in Sweden currently
  • an offer of employment, and a statement from a trade union on the terms of employment you are being offered (you should obtain this from your employer)
  • a copy of your current ICT permit, if you are applying for an extended-stay mobility ICT permit
  • power of attorney, if you are the legal representative of the applicant.

Once we have received your application

You are entitled to continue working while awaiting a decision, if you submitted your application before your previous permit expired.

If you are granted a permit, you will be given a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to stay in Sweden, and contains your photograph and fingerprints. You should, therefore, make an appointment to have your fingerprints and photograph taken as soon as possible. You need to do this even if you have had a residence permit card previously, as your photograph and fingerprints cannot be saved.

Check to ensure that your application has been registered, and to see whether you have received a decision

Make an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency for a residence permit card

Read more about the residence permit card

Decision

The decision is sent to your home address in Sweden. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your home within approximately one week.

Change of employer or occupation

If you get a new job or have a new employer, you can apply for a temporary residence and work permit when you are in Sweden. Family members of yours who have been granted a residence permit because they have connections to you may also apply to extend their Swedish residence permit.

Read more about residence permits for work in Sweden

If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application, you may lodge an appeal against the decision within three weeks of the date when you received notification of the decision. Information on how to do this can be found in the documentation for your decision.

Last updated: 2018-10-08

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