Working holiday visa for young people
Sweden has entered agreements with a number of countries regarding working holidays. The agreements mean that young people aged 18 to 30 years old are able to stay in Sweden for up to one year for a working holiday.
The working holiday visa programme between Sweden and Argentina, Chile and Uruguay has been suspended for the time being, due to the ongoing pandemic. You who come from one of these counties can therefore not obtain a working holiday visa in Sweden. This also applies to those who have already submitted an application but who have not yet received a decision. If the decision has already been made you can not get the application fee back.
Requirements for residence permit
To obtain a residence permit for a working holiday, you must
- be a citizen of Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or South Korea
- be between 18 and 30 years old
- have a valid passport (if your passport is about to expire, you should extend it because you cannot get a permit for longer than your passport is valid)
- have enough money so you can provide for yourself initially in Sweden (at least SEK 15,000)
- have a return ticket or enough money to buy one
- have comprehensive health insurance that covers healthcare in Sweden (not applicable to citizens of Australia)
- in most cases pay a fee (application fees for working holiday permits)
- not have any accompanying children.
Requirements for using the e-service
In order to use the e-service, you need
- 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
- a bank statement showing you can support yourself initially in Sweden
- a copy of a return ticket or a document showing that you have sufficient funds to buy one
- documents showing that you have health insurance that is valid in Sweden (does not apply to citizens of Australia).
The various agreements clarify the rules that apply for health insurance in each country.
Sweden has entered agreements with a number of countries concerning working holidays. The agreements mean that young people aged between 18 and 30 years of age are able to live in Sweden for up to one year for a working holiday. The aim is to give young people the opportunity to, among other things, experience life in Sweden and Swedish culture.
During your stay, you are allowed to work. The work must be temporary and you do not need to have any offer of employment when you apply for a residence permit. You can look for work after you have come to Sweden. Apply for a residence permit online from your home country or any other country outside Sweden where you live.
- Agreement between Sweden and Australia External link, opens in new window.
- Agreement between Sweden and Canada External link, opens in new window.
- Agreement between Sweden and Hong Kong Pdf, 228.4 kB, opens in new window.
- Agreement between Sweden and Japan Pdf, 77.1 kB, opens in new window.
- Agreement between Sweden and New Zealand External link, opens in new window.
- Agreement between Sweden and South Korea External link, opens in new window.
Check your application
You can check that your application has been registered with the Swedish Migration Agency or whether you have received a decision on the page Check your application.
You cannot enter Sweden until you have your permit
You cannot enter Sweden before a decision has been made. Your permit must be granted before you travel to Sweden.
The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate-general you selected in your online application. You must take your passport with you when you go to get your decision.
You can get a permit for one year but never for longer than your passport is valid.
Travelling to Sweden
When you enter Sweden, you must present your residence permit decision and a valid passport.
Residence permit card
If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will be given 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. As soon as possible after you have received your residence permit and come to Sweden, you must book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photograph taken.
A working holiday permit cannot be extended
It is not possible to extend a permit for a working holiday. Normally, it is not possible to apply for a different permit from inside Sweden when your working holiday permit is about to expire.
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.
If you cannot apply online, fill in the form Application for working holiday visa for young people, 155011, and submit it to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you live. The application form states which documents you must enclose. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before submitting your application.
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.