Work permits for seasonal work

If you are a citizen of a country outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland and have been offered seasonal employment in Sweden by an employer who is established here, then you can get a seasonal work permit.

Seasonal work is often undertaken within agriculture, forestry, the hotel and restaurant business, tour operators, tourism and booking services, landscape care and maintenance, support services for artistic activities, the operation of skiing facilities, the operation of golf courses, and amusement and theme parks.

A seasonal work permit entitles you, as a citizen of a country outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, to travel, stay and work in Sweden for a certain period of time as a seasonal worker. You can get a seasonal work permit for a maximum of six months within a 12 month period.

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

If you are going to be working for less than 90 days, you can get a work permit for seasonal work. Citizens of certain countries will also need a visa.

Countries whose citizens require a visa to for visits to Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

Read more about applying for a entry visa

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

Read more about work permits for berry pickers

Requirements for being granted a seasonal work permit

To be granted a seasonal work permit, you must

  • hold a valid passport
  • have been offered temporary employment as a seasonal worker by an employer who is established in Sweden
  • have access to accommodation of a suitable standard
  • have taken out or applied for a health insurance policy that covers all risks and which is valid in Sweden during your stay
  • be able to demonstrate your qualifications to exercise the profession in question if the work concerns a regulated profession
  • intend to leave Sweden when your permit expires.

Your employer must

  • complete an offer of employment and give the relevant trade union or professional organisation an opportunity to comment on the employment conditions
  • offer employment conditions that are, at a minimum, in line with Swedish collective agreements or what is customary in the profession or industry
  • offer a salary that is, at a minimum, in line with Swedish collective agreements or what is customary in the profession or industry
  • intend to take out health insurance, life insurance, workers’ compensation insurance and occupational pension insurance when you begin employment
  • offer employment that makes it possible for you to support yourself. In order to meet this requirement on support, you must work to an extent that you will have a salary of at least SEK 13,000 per month before taxes
  • advertise the position in Sweden, the EU/EEA and Switzerland for a period of at least ten days.

If your employer rents or provides you with accommodation, the following applies:

  • The rent must not be disproportionate to your salary or with the standard of the accommodation. This means that the rent must not be unreasonably high in relation to the standard of the accommodation and you must not require any welfare assistance to cover your living expenses once the rent is paid.
  • Rent can only be deducted directly from your salary if you have given consent for this to your employer.
  • Your employer must provide you with a written document that details your rental conditions.
  • The accommodation must meet general health and safety requirements.

How to apply

You can apply for a seasonal work permit by using the form Application for a seasonal work permit, nummer 263011 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.

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

Fee for a seasonal work permit

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

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

Accommodation details – if the employer rents or provides accommodation, form number 264011PDF

Websites of Swedish embassies and consulates-generalexternal link, opens in new window

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.

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)
  • information on the insurance company with which you have taken out an insurance policy, and the period of validity of the insurance policy
  • a rental agreement or documentary evidence from your landlord, the property owner or lettings agency regarding a future agreement
  • the form Accommodation details – if the employer rents or provides accommodation, form number 264011
  • documents confirming that you are qualified to practise your profession, if the application is for a regulated profession
  • power of attorney, if you are the legal representative of the applicant.

The rental agreement or documentary evidence on accommodation must state

  • address of the accommodation
  • rent
  • surface area of accommodation (in square metres)
  • number of rooms and kitchens/bathrooms
  • rental agreement’s period of validity and notice period
  • landlord’s and tenant’s contact details
  • landlord’s and tenant’s signatures.

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 a seasonal work permit will be made within 90 days. The decision process must be complete before you travel to Sweden.

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 a seasonal work permit is granted, you will receive a residence permit card that says “Säsongsarbete”. 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.

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.

If your seasonal work permit is valid for less than 90 days, then you may also need a visa for your stay in Sweden. The visa sticker will read "Säsongsarbete".

You cannot be granted a seasonal work permit if you have already had a seasonal work permit for six months within a 12 month period.

Countries whose citizens require a visa to for visits to Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

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

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

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

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

Read more about extending your permit

Obligation to notify

If you have, or have applied for, a seasonal work permit, you must notify the Swedish Migration Agency if you change accommodation.

If you do not report a change of accommodation, this can lead to your application for a permit or an extended permit being rejected or to your existing permit being withdrawn, and in the worst case, you may even be fined or sentenced to prison for up to six months.

You can notify the Swedish Migration Agency of any changes by sending a letter to the Agency in which you explain what has changed. You must clearly indicate your name and reference number (case number). You must also attach a new rental agreement.

Send the letter to Migrationsverket, Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.

Change of employer or profession

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

Extending your permit

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

You can only get a seasonal work permit for a maximum of six months within a 12 month period.

How to apply

You can apply to extend your seasonal work permit by submitting a paper application.

In most cases, you will pay a fee for this.

Fees

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

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

Accommodation details – if the employer rents or provides accommodation, form number 264011PDF

You will need to submit

  • 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)
  • information on the insurance company with which you have taken out an insurance policy, and the period of validity of the insurance policy
  • a rental agreement or documentary evidence from your landlord, the property owner or lettings agency regarding a future agreement
  • the form Accommodation details – if the employer rents or provides accommodation, form number 264011
  • a statement of income from the previous year, if you were working in Sweden at that time
  • payslips from this year, if you are currently working in Sweden
  • a certificate of employment issued by your employer with details of when you have worked in Sweden (if you have had a permit to work in Sweden for almost four years)
  • power of attorney, if you are the legal representative of the applicant.

Once we have received your application

You have the right to continue working while waiting for a decision if you have submitted your application before your previous permit has expired.

If you receive a permit, you will receive a residence permit card. This card serves as proof that you have a permit to be in Sweden and contains, among other things, your fingerprints and a photo of you. You should therefore make an appointment to have your photograph and fingerprints taken as soon as possible. You need to do this even if you have previously had a residence permit card as your photo and fingerprints cannot be stored.

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 to have your fingerprints and photograph taken

Read more about the residence permit card

Decision

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

The Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

Your permit may be withdrawn if, for example, you have submitted false or otherwise inaccurate documents. The permit can also be withdrawn if the requirements for the permit are no longer met – for example, if you are no longer working, or if the requirements on employment conditions are no longer met.

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

If the Migration Agency refuses your application, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date when you were informed of the decision. Information on how to lodge an appeal can be found in your decision. In order for your employer to be notified of the decision, they need to have power of attorney to represent you in your case.

Read more about what happens if you are in Sweden and the Swedish Migration Agency rejects your application

Last updated: 2018-08-29

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