How the Temporary Protection Directive affects you if you intend to do seasonal work in Sweden

The Swedish Migration Agency is currently rejecting applications for seasonal work from people who are resident in Ukraine. However, if you are from Ukraine and are in Sweden, you can receive a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive, which gives you the right to work.

The reason that the Swedish Migration Agency rejects applications for seasonal work is because the war in Ukraine means that there is a risk that it is not possible to return to Ukraine after the permit expires. For you to be granted a permit for seasonal work, you must, according to the legislation, have the intention of leaving Sweden when the permit period ends.

Ukrainian citizens are in most cases covered by the recently activated Temporary Protection Directive. If you are granted a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive, you have the right to seek work and to work in Sweden. This also applies to seasonal work. A residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive is valid until 4 March 2023. If the security situation in Ukraine has not improved by then, the Swedish Migration Agency can decide to extend the permit.

Read more about the Temporary Protection Directive and how to apply

As a Ukrainian citizen with a biometric passport, you are visa-free for 90 days. This means that you do not need a residence permit or visa to be able to enter Sweden. You can apply for a permit under the Temporary Protection Directive when you are in Sweden during the 90 visa-free days.

Questions and answers about seasonal work and the Temporary Protection Directive

No, the work permit is only valid for the time that the permit has been granted for. However, you can apply for a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive. If this is granted, you can work in Sweden.

While your work permit applies, it is limited to one profession and one employer. If you apply for and receive a residence permit on some other basis, for example because you have a family in Sweden or because you are in need of protection, you may be entitled to work in any profession you want.

Your family is not covered by your work permit for seasonal work. They need to apply for a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive. Even if you have a work permit, you can instead apply for a residence permit under the Temporary Protection Directive. If it is granted, you have the right to work in Sweden while it is valid.

In order to have the right to work while you are an asylum seeker, you must have received a certificate that you are exempt from the obligation to have a work permit (AT-UND).

Read more about working while you are an asylum seeker