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.

If you are from Ukraine and applied for a work permit for seasonal work

The Swedish Migration Agency is currently rejecting applications for seasonal work from people who are resident in Ukraine. If you come from Ukraine, however, you are covered by the Temporary Protection Directive. If you come to Sweden and are granted a permit under the Temporary Protection Directive, you have the right to work (including seasonal work) for as long as the permit is valid.

Read more about the Temporary Protection Directive and how to apply

Requi­re­ments for 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 need a visa to enter Sweden External link, opens in new window.

Read more about applying for a visa

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 (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)
  • 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 (application fees 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.

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

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 107011 Pdf, 550.4 kB, opens in new window.

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 need a visa to enter Sweden External link, opens in new window.

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

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.

Swedish embassies and consulates-general External 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 residence permit cards

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 about Sweden External 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

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

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

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 seasonal work permit in Sweden, form 262011 Pdf, 3.1 MB, opens in new window.

Accommodation details – if the employer rents or provides accommodation, form 264011 Pdf, 629.9 kB, opens in new window.

In most cases, you will pay a fee.

Application fees for work permits 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 residence permit cards

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 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 seasonal work permit in Sweden, form 262011 Pdf, 3.1 MB, opens in new window.

Accommodation details – if the employer rents or provides accommodation, form 264011 Pdf, 629.9 kB, opens in new window.

In most cases, you will pay a fee.

Application fees for work permits 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 External link, opens in new window.

Frequently asked ques­tions about permits for seasonal work

The employer must be established in Sweden. This means that their registered office and actual business operations must be based here.

If you are employed by a foreign employer and are coming to work for a contractor in Sweden, you are not covered by the provisions on work permits for seasonal work. It is often the case that berry pickers are employed by foreign companies.

Read more about berry pickers

When you come to Sweden for seasonal work, you must be able to stay in accommodation of a suitable standard. 

Suitable standard means that the accommodation has

  • continuous heating
  • continuous access to hot and cold water for domestic purposes and hygiene
  • drains for waste water
  • access to a toilet and a washing facility such as a bathtub or shower
  • electricity for household consumption
  • cooker, sink, fridge, storage spaces and worktops
  • access to storage room within the property and
  • the possibility to wash clothes within the property or within a reasonable distance from it.

The accommodation may not have any shortcomings with regards to its strength of materials, fire safety or sanitary conditions.

You will be required to submit a rental agreement or documentary evidence from your landlord, the property owner or lettings agency regarding a future agreement.

Read more about the Swedish Migration Agency’s provisions on what constitutes accommodation of a suitable standard in accordance with Chapter 6, Section 2, Paragraph 4 of the Aliens Act (2005:716) (in Swedish) Pdf, 105.2 kB, opens in new window.

Yes. If you change accommodation, you need to inform the Swedish Migration Agency and submit documentation about your new accommodation, such as the rental agreement.

You need to show that you have taken out or applied for a comprehensive health insurance policy that covers health and medical care in Sweden in order to be granted a work permit for seasonal work. You need a comprehensive health insurance if you should need medical care during your stay in Sweden.

Your health insurance should cover the costs of emergency as well as other health care, and also hospitalization and transport to your home country for medical reasons, if necessary.

You can get a work permit for seasonal work for a maximum of six months within a 12 month period. You can have one long permit or several short, consecutive permits during this period.

Yes. You can change jobs to another employer. Your new employer must offer you seasonal work and they must have duly advertised the post.

You can work during the period when the Swedish Migration Agency is processing your new application provided that you apply before your previous permit expires.

Even if you change employer, you may not get a permit for more than six months in a twelve month period.

No. Any wrongdoing by your previous employer will be of no significance if you have applied for employment with another employer.

You can be granted a permanent residence permit if you have had a work permit as an employee and worked in Sweden for a total of four years out of the last seven. Permits for seasonal work can form part of the basis for a permanent residence permit. However, you must combine your permits for seasonal work with another type of work permit in order to meet the time period requirement of four years, given that a permit for seasonal work can only be granted for a maximum of six months within a 12 month period.

When you apply for a permanent residence permit, the Swedish Migration Agency checks to ensure that you have been staying in Sweden and working here during the period for which you have had a work permit.

An application for a seasonal work permit will be decided within 90 days if the case is complete. If you have had a permit for seasonal work in Sweden over the last five years that has complied with the permit terms, then your application will be processed more quickly.

Yes, if the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application, you can appeal to a migration court. You will be advised on how to make an appeal in the decision documentation that you receive.

No, in order to obtain a seasonal work permit you are not allowed to live in someone else’s home. This also means that you cannot stay with a relative while you are working in Sweden. You must rent or sub-let your accommodation or own the property in order for the requirement to be met.

This applies when your employer rents accommodation to you

Yes. Your employer can rent accommodation to you. Your employer can also help you find accommodation elsewhere.

There are particular requirements which apply if your employer rents or helps you find accommodation:

  • The rent must not be disproportionate to your salary or the standard of the accommodation.
  • As a general rule, the rent should not be deducted directly from your salary.
  • Your employer must provide you with a document setting out your rental conditions.
  • The accommodation must meet general health and safety requirements.

The rent must not be unreasonably high in relation to the standard of the accommodation. The Swedish Migration Agency will therefore compare your rent with the rent of other similar places of accommodation in the area where you will work.

Once you have paid your rent, your salary (after tax) must be such that your living conditions can be considered reasonable. For example, you should not need any welfare assistance in order to cover your living expenses once the rent has been paid.

No, in normal cases your rent may not be deducted automatically from your salary. It may only be deducted directly from your salary if you have given consent for this in advance.

Yes. If you rent accommodation from your employer or if your employer helps you find accommodation, you must receive a written document detailing the rental conditions. Receiving written documentation which details your rental conditions is a requirement that you need to meet in order to receive a work permit for seasonal work.

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