Permits for trainees

This information is intended for citizens of countries outside of the EU who have been offered a traineeship in Sweden under an international exchange programme or international agreement.

Which trainees do these rules apply to?

The rules apply to those who have been granted a traineeship through

  • international exchange programmes within organisations such as AIESEC, IAESTE, JUF and SACCUSA
  • agreements on trainee exchanges between countries. Sweden has agreements with countries such as the USA and Canada. There is also an exchange agreement between the EU and China for young managers.

If you have been granted a traineeship that is not part of an international agreement, you must apply for a work permit according to the normal rules for work permits. You must then be able to show that you have been offered a salary and employment conditions that correspond to Swedish rules for trainees.

Learn more about work permit according to the normal rules

Requirements for obtaining a work permit

In order to obtain a work permit you should

  • have a valid passport
  • have received a written offer which describes the employment or assignment that you are to undertake.

Traineeship through an agreement on trainee exchanges between countries

You must apply for a permit from your country of origin or another country outside of Sweden in which you live. Fill in the form Application for Swedish work permit – for applicants currently outside Sweden, number 149011, and submit this to a Swedish embassy or consulate general. Before you submit your application you should contact the embassy or consulate-general.

You will probably be required to pay a fee.

Fees for work permits

Application for Swedish work permit – for applicants currently outside Sweden, form number 149011 (in English)PDF

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The following should be included with your application

  • Copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • a written invitation from the organisation or company which specifies the conditions of your appointment or assignment as a trainee.

Make sure to extend your passport if it is about to expire – you cannot obtain a work permit for longer than your passport's period of validity.

Traineeship through the organisations AIESEC, IAESTE JUF or SACCUSA

In most cases, the organisation that has arranged the traineeship applies for a permit on your behalf. If you intend to make the application yourself, you can do so online. Contact the organisation offering the traineeship for more information.

Traineeship through another international organisation

In most cases, the organisation that has arranged the traineeship applies for a permit on your behalf. Contact the organisation offering the traineeship for more information.

Once we have received your application

If you are granted a permit that is valid for more than three months, you will be given a residence permit card. The card proves that you have permission to reside in Sweden and contains information such as your fingerprints and photograph.

If you require a visa in order to travel to Sweden, you must visit the Swedish embassy or consulate general as soon as possible, in order to be photographed and fingerprinted. You must do so even if you have previously held a residence permit card. This is because your photographs and fingerprints cannot be saved. Contact the embassy or consulate general before your visit.

If you do not require a visa, you should submit your details for a residence permit card to the Swedish Migration Agency once you have arrived in Sweden.

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Learn more about residence permit cards

Check if your application has been registered or if a decision has been made in your case

After the decision has been made

The decision is sent to the embassy or consulate general you selected in your online application. If the trainee organisation applied on your behalf, the decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate general closest to where you live. When you come to collect your decision, you must bring your passport with you. You may be granted a permit which is valid for the period of your traineeship, but not for longer than your passport is valid. A permit for a trainee may be granted for one or more periods, up to a maximum of 18 months.

When the residence card is ready, the embassy or consulate general will hand over or send the finished card to you. Please note that it can take up to four weeks from the time you receive the decision to make and deliver the card to the embassy or consulate general. When you travel to Sweden, you must show your residence permit card together with a valid passport.

If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should be able to present a copy of the decision when you arrive. You must book an appointment in order to be fingerprinted and photographed as soon as possible following your arrival in Sweden. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.

If you are granted a permit that is valid for less than three months, you will not be given a residence permit card. You should therefore show the decision together with your passport when you travel to Sweden.

Check if your application has been registered or if a decision has been made in your case

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Book an appointment at the Migration Agency in Sweden to be fingerprinted and photographed if you can travel without a visa

Important information about insurance

If you need to seek medical care in Sweden, you may need to pay for the care yourself if you are not registered in Sweden in the Population Register, and do not have a Swedish Personal Identity Number. If you register in the Swedish Population Register, you can also be registered with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, and covered by the country’s social insurance.

To be registered in the Swedish Population Register and receive a Swedish Personal Identity Number, you generally need to have been granted at least a one-year residence permit in Sweden, and you generally need to be planning to live here for one year or longer. Therefore, you should register in the Population Register as soon as possible after moving to Sweden.

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The Migration Agency may withdraw a permit

Your permit may be withdrawn

  • if, in your application, you provided incorrect information or did not mention something that was significant in regards to your residence permit
  • if the requirements for the permit are no longer met – for example, if you are no longer working, or if the terms of employment are no longer met
  • if you have not started your employment within four months of the first day of validity of the permit.

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

Before you begin your application

The Migration Agency recommends that you use a computer when you make your application and that you use Internet Explorer.

Support for online applications

Learn more about the requirements for an online application

Contact our technical support for online services

Online application for traineeship exchanges through AISEC, IAESTE, JUF and SACCUSA

In most cases, the organisation that has arranged the traineeship applies for a permit on your behalf. Contact the organisation offering the traineeship for more information.

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Last updated: 2019-06-27

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