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.