Work permit for seasonal workers

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland and have been offered seasonal work in Sweden by an employer established here, you can apply for a work permit for seasonal work.

Requirements for a work permit

If you are going to work for less than 90 days, you can get a work permit for seasonal work. Citizens in some countries also need a visa.

Countries whose citizens must have a visa for Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

Read more about applying for a visa under Visiting Sweden

If you are going to work longer than 90 days, you can get a residence and work permit for seasonal work.

To obtain a work permit for seasonal work, you must

  • have a valid passport
  • have been offered temporary employment as a seasonal worker by an employer established in Sweden
  • have access to accommodation of an appropriate standard
  • have taken out or applied for comprehensive health insurance for healthcare in Sweden (health insurance must be valid for the full duration of the stay)
  • be able to prove you are qualified to practise in Sweden if the work is within a regulated profession
  • intend to leave Sweden when the permit expires
  • in most cases, pay a fee (fee for a work permit for seasonal work)

Read what your employer needs to do in order for you to be able to get a work permit

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 in your passport that show your personal data, photo, signature, passport number, issuing country, validity period and if you have permission to live in countries other than your home country
  • information about the insurance company with which you have applied for or taken out comprehensive health insurance and for what period the insurance applies (health insurance must apply for healthcare in Sweden)
  • rental agreement or certificate from a landlord, property owner or housing agency for an upcoming contract
  • documentation proving you have the necessary qualifications for the job if the application concerns a regulated profession
  • power of attorney if you are the representative of the applicant.

The rental agreement or accommodation certificate should state

  • the address of the accommodation
  • the rent
  • the living area (square meters)
  • number of rooms and kitchen/WC
  • the terms of the rental contract (period of validity and period of notice)
  • the contact details of the landlord and tenant
  • the signatures of the landlord and tenant.

E-service for seasonal workers

The employer initiates the e-service

What does a seasonal worker do?

There are seasonal jobs in agriculture, forestry, the hotel and restaurant industry, travel industry, tourist and reservation services, supporting services for artistic activities, operation of ski facilities and golf courses, theme parks and the entertainment industry.

A permit for seasonal work allows citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland the right to enter, stay and work in Sweden for a limited time as a seasonal worker. You can get a permit for seasonal work for maximum six months over a twelve-month period.

Other rules apply for berry-pickers who are employed by companies that are not established in Sweden.

Read more about work permits for berry-pickers

Power of attorney

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney can be a signed letter in which the person applying for a permit allows another person to represent him or her. A power of attorney can, for example, give someone the right to apply, be informed of the reasons for a decision, or lodge an appeal for someone else. The power of attorney must be signed by the person who gives their power of attorney to another person, and must be presented in the original if required by the Swedish Migration Agency.

In order to give another person power of attorney, you will need to send a letter to the Swedish Migration Agency stating

  • that it is a power of attorney
  • the name, date of birth and address of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
  • what the person who has the power of attorney has to do
  • the name, personal identity number and address of the person who is given the power of attorney
  • the signature of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
  • the date and place where the power of attorney is signed.

Power of Attorney, form number 107011PDF

After you have submitted your application

A decision on a permit for seasonal work is taken within 90 days. The decision must have been taken before you travel to Sweden.

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

If you need a visa to travel to Sweden, you must visit the Swedish embassy or consulate-general to be photographed and to have your fingerprints taken. You will need to do this even if you have had a residence permit card before because your photo and fingerprints cannot be saved.

Countries whose citizens must have a visa for Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

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

After a decision has been made

The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate-general where you submitted 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.

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

If your application for a permit for seasonal work is granted, you will receive a residence permit card which says Seasonal work. The card is proof that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains, among other things, your fingerprints and photograph.

The card gives you the right to work in Sweden with the employer and within the profession you have specified in the application. The card is valid for the period stated in the decision.

Read more about a residence permit card

If you require a visa to travel to Sweden, the embassy or consulate-general will issue or send you the residence permit card when the card is ready. Please note that it may take longer than 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. You must book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photograph taken as soon as possible after coming to Sweden. Once your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.

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

If your permit for seasonal work is for less than 90 days, you may need a visa to stay in Sweden. The visa sticker must say Seasonal work.

You cannot get a permit for seasonal work if you have already had a permit for seasonal work permit for six months over a twelve-month period.

The Swedish Institute's website Working in Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

Information for people with a residence permit who have just moved to Sweden

The Swedish Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

Your permit can be withdrawn if, for example,

  • in your application, you submitted incorrect information or did not disclose something that was of relevance for your residence permit
  • the conditions for the permit are no longer fulfilled, for example, if you are no longer working or if the conditions of employment are no longer met.

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

Obligation to report

If you have applied for or have a permit for seasonal work, you must notify the Swedish Migration Board if you move to a new address.

If you do not report that you have changed your address, this can lead to

  • your application for a permit or extension of a permit being rejected
  • your permit being withdrawn
  • in the worst instance, you can be punished with fines or imprisonment for a maximum of six months.

Inform the Swedish Migration Agency about any changes by sending a letter explaining what has changed. You must clearly state your name and the reference number of your case. You must also enclose the new rental contract.

Send the letter to

Migrationsverket
Box 3100
903 03 Umeå

Changing employer or profession

If you get a new job or employer, you can apply for a new work permit for seasonal work when you are in Sweden.

Extending a permit

If you want to continue working in Sweden, you must extend your permit for seasonal work. You must also submit a new application if you have a permit for seasonal work but want to change profession or employer. The application must be submitted before your current permit expires.

You can only get a permit for seasonal work for six months during a twelve-month period.

How to apply

You can apply to extend your permit online via the link in the email that you receive from your employer.

You can also apply for a permit for seasonal work by submitting a paper application.

Application for a permit for seasonal work in Sweden, form number 262011PDF

Details about accommodation – if your employer is renting out or has conveyed the accommodation, form number 264011PDF

In most cases, you will pay a fee.

Work permit fees for seasonal work

Once we have received your application

You have the right to continue to work while waiting for the decision if you have submitted your application before your prior permit expires.

If you are granted a 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. You must therefore book an appointment to have your photograph and fingerprints taken as soon as possible. You will need to do this even if you have had a residence permit card before because your photo and fingerprints cannot be saved.

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

Book an appointment at the Swedish Migration Agency for a residence permit card

Read more about a residence permit card

Decision

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.

If you cannot apply online

If you apply online

If you apply online, you will get clear instructions on how to fill in your application and what documents you need to enclose. This makes it easier to do things correctly right from the start which increases your chances of getting a decision faster.

You can apply for a permit for seasonal work using the form Application for a permit for seasonal work in Sweden, which you submit to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.

The application must be made before you enter Sweden and you must not be a resident of an EU country.

Application for a permit for seasonal work in Sweden, form number 262011PDF

Details about accommodation – if your employer is renting out or has conveyed the accommodation, form number 264011PDF

In most cases, you will pay a fee.

Work permit fee for seasonal work

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. Information about procedures at the embassy or consulate-general in question can be found at swedenabroad.com.

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.

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

Last updated: 2019-10-28

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