Traineeship through international exchange
If your are a citizen of a country outside the EU and have been offered a traineeship in Sweden within an international exchange or international agreement, you need to have a work permit.
Requirements for work permit
To be eligible for a work permit as a trainee, you must
- have reached the age of 18
- have a valid passport
- have received a written offer of traineeship or the assignment that is to be carried out.
Requirements for using the e-service
- 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.
These rules apply to those who have received a traineeship through
- an international exchange programme within organisations, such as AIESEC, IAESTE, JUF and SACCUSA
- agreements on training exchanges between countries. Sweden has agreements with the USA and Canada, for example. There is also an exchange agreement between the EU and China for young managers.
In some cases, you must apply for a residence permit for a traineeship with ties to higher education even if a traineeship is mediated through a trainee organisation. In order for these rules to apply, the traineeship must be linked to the your studies.
If you have received a traineeship that is not a part of an international agreement or does not have a tie to higher education, you must apply for a work permit according to ordinary rules for work permits. Then you must be able to show that you have been offered a salary and terms of employment that are equivalent to Swedish rules for trainees.
Traineeship through the organisations AIESEC, IAESTE, JUF or SACCUSA
The trainee organisation that mediated the traineeship begins the application by providing information about the employment. In most cases, it is also the organisation that applies for a permit on your behalf (otherwise you receive a link with information on what you must do). Contact the organisation that mediated the traineeship for more information.
Traineeship through another international organisation
The organisation that mediated the traineeship begins the application by providing information about the employment. In most cases, it is also the organisation that applies for a permit on your behalf. Contact the organisation that mediated the traineeship for more information.
Traineeship through agreements on training exchanges between countries
The employer begins the application by providing information about the employment.
You must show your passport
The Swedish Migration Agency must check your passport before a decision can be made. You may therefore need to show your passport at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general if you are outside Sweden, or one of the Migration Agency's service centres if you are in Sweden.
In some cases, you will not be required to show your passport, for example, if we have already checked your passport during a previous visit.
If you need to show your passport, we will contact you with information on how and when to do so.
Be photographed and have your fingerprints taken
If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will receive a residence permit card. The card is a certification that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains your fingerprints and a photo of you, among other information.
If you need an entry visa or residence permit card to travel to Sweden, you will in most cases have your fingerprints taken and be photographed in connection with showing your passport at an embassy or consulate-general. If you need an entry visa to travel to Sweden and you were not photographed and had your fingerprints taken in connection with showing your passport, you must visit the embassy or consulate-general so that a residence permit card can be made for you.
If you do not need a visa, you must book an appointment to submit your fingerprints and be photographed after you arrive in Sweden.
Check your application status
The decision is sent to the embassy or consulate-general where you turned in your application or that you wrote in your online application. If the trainee organisation has applied on your behalf, the decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate-general closest to where you live. When you go to collect your decision, you must bring your passport with you. You can receive a permit for the period you are offered training, but never longer than the validity of your passport. A permit as a trainee can be granted for one or more periods for a combined maximum of 18 months.
When the residence permit card is ready, the embassy or consulate-general will hand out or send the finished card to you. Keep in mind that it can take up to four weeks to manufacture and deliver the card to the embassy or consulate-general after you have received your decision. When you travel into Sweden, you must present the residence permit card together 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 travel in. As soon as you can after arriving in Sweden, you must book an appointment to submit fingerprints and be photographed. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.
If you are granted a permit for less than three months, you do not receive a residence permit card and must therefore present the decision together with your passport when you travel to Sweden.
Important information about insurance
If you need to seek care in Sweden, you may need to pay for the care yourself if you are not nationally registered in Sweden and do not have a Swedish personal ID number. If you are nationally registered, you may also be registered with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) and be covered by Swedish social insurance.
To be nationally registered and get a Swedish personal ID number, you must generally have been granted a residence permit for at least one year in Sweden and that you plan to live here for one year or more. You should therefore get nationally registered as soon as possible after you have moved to Sweden.
If you apply online, you are given clear instructions on how to complete your application and what you have to send in with it. It is easy to do it right from the beginning, which increases your chances of getting a decision faster.
You apply for the permit from your home country or another country outside Sweden where you live. You complete the form Application for Swedish work permit, 149011, and turn it in to a Swedish embassy or consulate general. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you turn in your application.
In most cases, you must pay a fee.
You must send in
- copies of the pages in your passport that show personal data, the passport’s period of validity and if you have permission to live in countries other than your home country
- a written offer from the organisation or company, which states the terms for your employment or assignment as a trainee.
If your passport will expire soon, you should renew it since you cannot get a permit for longer than the validity of your passport.