Internship in connection with higher education
If you are a citizen in a country outside the EU and have been offered an internship in Sweden at a company, university, authority or organisation, you need a residence permit for an internship. The internship must have ties to your education.
Requirements for residence permit
To be eligible for a residence permit as a trainee, you must
- have received a degree from higher education within two years before the application or be pursuing an educational programme that leads to such a degree
- have a valid passport (if your passport will expire soon, you should renew it since you cannot get a permit for longer than the validity of your passport)
- have received a written internship agreement that presents the conditions for your internship
- have, or have applied for, comprehensive health insurance (if you will be in Sweden for a maximum of one year)
- have enough money for your stay in Sweden and to be able to pay your travel home.
The internship must have ties to your education. This means that the internship must be done in the same field and at the same level of qualification as the educational programme you are attending or have completed.
Requirements for using the e-service
In order to use the e-service you need
- to get an email from the employer with a link that leads you to the e-service
- copies of the pages in your passport that show personal data, photo, signature, passport number, issuing country, period of validity and if you have permission to live in countries other than your home country (if your passport will expire soon, you should renew it since you cannot get a permit for longer than the validity of your passport)
- to be able to pay the application fee by card
- certificate(s) on on-going education or a degree in higher education
- to have, or have applied for, comprehensive health insurance (if you will be in Sweden for a maximum of one year)
- an internship agreement.
Frequently asked questions about permits for trainees (higher education)
You must apply for and be granted a residence permit to undertake an internship in connection with higher education before you enter Sweden. If you have a residence permit for studies in higher education and have completed studies equivalent to 30 ECTS or completed one semester of doctoral education, you can apply from within Sweden.
Your terms of employment (including your salary) during your internship must be on a par with collective agreements or with what is customary for trainees within your profession or industry.
Frequently asked questions about insurances – researchers
To be granted a residence permit, you need to show that you have taken out or applied for comprehensive health insurance valid for care in Sweden. You need comprehensive health insurance in case you require medical care during your stay in Sweden.
If you apply for a permit for more than one year, it will be possible to register you in the national population register, and you will thus be covered by the Swedish health insurance system. If this is the case, you do not need health insurance.
Your health insurance should cover the costs of both emergency and other medical care, as well as hospitalisation, dental care and possible repatriation for medical reasons.
If you have experienced symptoms or been diagnosed with a disease before you travel to Sweden, your insurance does not need to cover doctor’s appointments related to the treatment of this condition. Should your health deteriorate rapidly and require urgent medical care, your health insurance should cover medical care until your condition has stabilised.
The Swedish Migration Agency cannot give advance notice of whether the health insurance you have applied for or taken out will be approved when it makes its assessment about your residence permit application.