Work permits for performers

Performers include singers, musicians, dancers, circus performers, actors, directors and filmmakers. This category includes people who are accompanying the performers as a technician or similar role. Performers who are citizens of a country outside the EU need a work permit.

Requirements for work permits for performers

To obtain a permit, you must

  • have a valid passport
  • have a contract with the organiser in Sweden
  • have a written offer of work in Sweden
  • have been offered terms of employment that are at least at the same level as Swedish collective agreements or what is customary in the profession or industry
  • have been offered work to such an extent that the salary is at least SEK 13,000 per month before tax
  • for work lasting less than three months, citizens of certain countries must also have a visa.external link, opens in new window

Read more about applying for a visa

Requirements for using the e-service

In order to use the e-service, you need

  • to get an email from your employer with a link that will take you to the e-service
  • copies of the pages of your passport that show your personal data, photograph, signature, passport number, issuing country, period of validity and if you have permission to stay in countries other than your home country (if your passport is about to expire, you should extend it because you are not able to get a permit for longer than your passport is valid)
  • be able to pay the application fee by credit card
  • the contract stating the tour plan (if any), your remuneration (pay), and the time and place of the engagement. The contract must have been signed by you and the organiser.

E-service for performers

The employer starts the application

Correctly completed applications will be processed faster

In order for the Swedish Migration Agency to be able to make a decision on your case, all the required information and documentation must be provided. If this is done right from the start, the processing time will be quicker than if your application has to be supplemented later.

This is especially important if the application concerns an engagement in the near future.

Please note that in some cases the Swedish Migration Agency may need to investigate an application further even if all the information has been provided and all documents have been submitted.

Exemption from work permit requirement

You do not need a work permit if you

  • have a temporary engagement for a radio or television broadcast by Sveriges Radio AB, Sveriges Television AB, Sveriges Utbildningsradio AB or Nordisk Television AB.
  • are going to work temporarily in Sweden for a maximum of fourteen days over a period of 12 months. This applies for you as a performer, your technicians and other tour staff. The prerequisite is that there is an invitation from an established organiser.

However, citizens in some countries may need a visa.

List of established organisers

After you have submitted your application

If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will be given a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains, among other things, your fingerprints and photograph.

If you need a visa to travel to Sweden, you must go to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general to have your fingerprints and photograph taken as soon as possible. You'll need to do this even if you have had a residence permit card before because your photo and fingerprints cannot be saved. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you go there.

If you do not need a visa, you must go to the Swedish Migration Agency after arriving in Sweden to provide the necessary information for your residence permit card.

Find your nearest embassy at swedenabroad.seexternal link, opens in new window

Read more about a residence permit card

Check that your application has been registered or if you have received a decision

After a decision has been made

The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate-general you stated in your application. You must take your passport with you when you go to get your decision. You can get a permit for the period of time you are being offered work but for no longer than your passport is valid. If you are going to continue working in Sweden, you must apply for an extension of your permit.

Once the residence permit card is completed, the embassy or consulate-general will issue or send it to you. Please note that it may take up to four weeks to manufacture and deliver the card to the embassy or consulate-general after you have received your decision. When you enter Sweden, you must present the residence permit card along with a valid passport.

If you can travel to Sweden without a visa, you should be able to present a copy of the decision when you enter the country. After arriving in Sweden, you must make an appointment as soon as possible to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at the Swedish Migration Agency. Once your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.

If you have a permit for less than three months, you must present the decision together with your passport when you travel to Sweden.

The Swedish Institute's website Working in Swedenexternal link

Book an appointment at the Swedish Migration Agency to have your fingerprints and photograph taken if you can travel without a visaexternal link

If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application, it means you are not entitled to a residence permit for Sweden. 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 lodge an appeal can be found in your decision. If you have given someone a power of attorney document that authorises him/her to represent you, this person is able to lodge an appeal on your behalf.

Read more about how to appeal

If you are still in Sweden when your application is rejected, you must leave the country within the timescale given in the decision.

Read more about what you need to know if you have had your application rejected and are still in Sweden

Permit for family members

Your family members can get a permit for the same period of time as you. The following count as family members

  • your partner (cohabitant, spouse or registered partner)
  • your or your partner's unmarried children under the age of 21.

in some cases, unmarried children aged 21 years or older can be given a permit. To do so, they must be dependent on you or your partner for their livelihood.

If you are given a permit for at least six months, your partner can also get a work permit.

How family members apply

If you apply together, you include your family members in your own online application.

If they are going to apply after you, they can make their own application online.

Read more about how family members make their own online application

Extending a permit

If your contract with the organiser is extended, you must apply for an extension of your work permit. It is important that you submit your application before your current permit expires. If you have had a work permit for at least six months and if you have applied before your current permit expires, you have the right to continue working while you are waiting for a decision.

You can get a permit for as long as your engagement is ongoing but never for longer than your passport is valid. A work permit as a performer can be granted for a maximum of two years at a time for a total of four years. If you still have a contract after four years, you can get a permanent residence permit. A permanent residence permit is valid for as long as you live in Sweden.

How to apply

You apply for an extension of your permit online. Apply no earlier than 30 days before your current permit expires.

In most cases, you will pay a fee.

Work permit fees

If you have family members living with you in Sweden who also need to extend their permits, apply for them in the same online application.

Together with your application for extension you must submit

  • copies of the pages of your passport that show your personal data, photograph, signature, passport number, issuing country, validity period and if you have a permit to live in countries other than your home country
  • the contract
  • the offer of employment from your employer
  • certificates of employment from all your employers stating the details of the periods you have worked in Sweden if you have had permission to work in Sweden for almost four years and if you want to apply for a permanent residence permit.

Once we have received your application for extension

If you have submitted an application for an extension before your previous permit has expired, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Swedish Migration Agency has made its decision.

If you travel abroad at the time when your permit will expire, it may be difficult for you to re-enter Sweden before you have received your new permit. You may then have to wait for your new decision outside Sweden.

If you are granted a residence permit, you will receive a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains, among other things, your fingerprints and photograph. Therefore, you must make an appointment to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at the Swedish Migration Agency as soon as possible. You will need to do this even if you have had a residence permit card before because your photograph and fingerprints cannot be saved.

Book an appointment at the Swedish Migration Agency to have your fingerprints and photograph taken

Read more about a residence permit card

After a decision has been made

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

Insurance

Important information regarding insurance

In order for you to receive a work permit, your employer must be planning to sign you up for health insurance, life insurance, occupational injury insurance, and occupational pension insurance when your employment begins. The insurance must be valid starting the day that your employment begins.

In order for you to extend your work permit, you need to have been covered by health insurance, life insurance, occupational injury insurance, and occupational pension insurance throughout the time you have had a work permit in Sweden.

If you need to seek medical care in Sweden, you may need to pay for the care yourself if you are not registered in Sweden in the Population Register, and do not have a Swedish Personal Identity Number. If you register in the Swedish Population Register, you can also be registered with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, and covered by the country’s social insurance. However, to meet the insurance requirements that apply to work permits, it is not enough to be registered with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

To be registered in the Swedish Population Register and receive a Swedish Personal Identity Number, you generally need to have been granted at least a one-year residence permit in Sweden, and you generally need to be planning to live here for one year or longer. Therefore, you should register in the Population Register as soon as possible after moving to Sweden.

Read more about population registration on the Swedish Tax Agency websiteexternal link, opens in new window

If you cannot apply online

If you are not able to apply online, fill in the form Application for permission to work in Sweden – for people who are not in Sweden, number 149011, and submit it to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you live. The application form shows which documents you must enclose. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before submitting your application.

Application for permission to work in Sweden – for people who are not in Sweden, form number 149011 (in Swedish)PDF

Swedish embassies and consulates-general websitesexternal link, opens in new window

If it is not possible for you to apply in your home country, you must apply to the embassy or consulate-general that is closest to the country where you live. Before submitting your application, you must contact the embassy or consulate-general for more information.

If you apply at an embassy or consulate-general, you pay the fee when you submit your application. For information about the fee, please contact the embassy or consulate in question since they do not follow the same fee regulations as the Swedish Migration Agency.

If you are applying to extend your permit, fill in the form Application for permission to work in Sweden – for people who are in Sweden, number 150011. The application form shows which documents you must enclose.

Send the application to

Migrationsverket
Box 3100
903 03 Umeå

Application for permission to work in Sweden – for people who are in Sweden, form number 150011 (in Swedish)PDF

In most cases, you will pay a fee.

Read more about fees and how to pay

Last updated: 2019-10-28

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