1 January 2020

New regulations for researchers, au pairs, interns and volunteers

After the turn of the year, new rules will apply to students, researchers, au pairs, interns and volunteers. The reason for this is that Sweden is introducing directives of the European Parliament and Council directive (EU) 2016/801 (Student and Researcher Directive).

Among other things, the changes entail:

  • The regulations on residence permits for researchers and au pairs are changing.
  • Researchers who have a residence permit for research in another EU country are allowed to come to Sweden to carry out some of their research here. For stays that do not exceed 180 days over a 360 day period, residence permits are not required.
  • Researchers who have completed their research can obtain a residence permit to apply for work in Sweden.
  • A new type of residence permit is being introduced for interns whose internship is connected to higher education.
  • A new type of residence permit is being introduced for volunteers when volunteering takes place within the European Voluntary Service.
  • As an applicant you must have or have applied for a comprehensive health insurance that is valid for healthcare in Sweden if your stay in Sweden is shorter than one year. You must also attach the certificate of this to your application.
  • It is required that you as an applicant have sufficient funds for your living expenses during the permit period and that these funds will also cover the cost of your return trip. What is considered sufficient funds varies between the different categories.

Read more information about au pairs

Read more information about researchers

Read more information about internships connected to higher education

Read more information about internships through international exchange

Read more information about volunteer work through an organization

Read more information about volunteer work within the European Voluntary Service

Read more information about students