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.
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.
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)
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.
A decision on a permit for seasonal work is taken within 90 days. The decision must have been taken before you travel to Sweden.
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.
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
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.
In most cases, you will pay a fee.
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.
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.
In most cases, you will pay a fee.
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.
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.
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.