If you are the citizen of a non-EU country and have obtained a contract with a club or association that belongs to the Swedish Sports Confederation, the information below applies to you.
If you have been offered employment by somebody else, you are subject to other regulations for obtaining a work permit.
You need a permit to work as an athlete or coach. Apply for a work permit when you are in your country of origin or another country outside Sweden in which you are living.
If you are a professional athlete or functionary, you can participate in international competitions for up to three months over the period of 12 months without having a work permit. However, citizens of certain countries need a visa to enter Sweden.
In order to obtain a work permit:
If you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints. Contact the embassy or consulate general before your visit.
If you need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should go to the embassy or consulate general as soon as possible to have your picture and fingerprints taken.
If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, as soon as possible after your arrival in Sweden you should visit the Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted.
The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate general to which you turned in your application or to which you referred in your online application. Take your passport along when picking up your decision. You can obtain a permit for the period during which the contract is in force or for two years at a time but not past the time for which your passport remains valid. The permit applies only to the club that has offered you a job and the sport specified by the contract. If you want to continue working in Sweden or switch clubs, apply to extend your permit.
The Swedish embassy or consulate general will hand over or send the residence permit card to you once it is ready. Don't forget that it might take up to four weeks to make and send the card to the embassy or consulate general after you receive your decision. You must show your residence permit card along with a valid passport when entering Sweden.
If your permit is valid for less than three months, you will need to show the decision together with your passport.
If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should be able to show a copy of the decision when you arrive. As soon as possible after you have arrived in Sweden, you should book an appointment to be fingerprinted and photographed. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.
You can be registered in the Swedish population register if you have received a permit for at least one year and will stay in Sweden for at least one year. If you are not registered in Sweden you are not eligible for social benefits, so make sure to have an insurance policy that will cover any costs that may arise in connection with illness, injury, etc.
If your contract with the club is extended, apply to extend your work permit. You must also apply for a new permit if you switch clubs. Make sure to submit your application before your current permit expires. If you have had a work permit for at least six months and you apply before it expires, you have the right to continue working while waiting for the decision.
You can obtain a permit for the period during which the contract is in force but not past the time for which your passport remains valid. A work permit as an athlete or trainer can be granted for up to two years at a time for a total of four years. If you still have a contract at the end of four years, you can obtain a permanent residence permit. A permanent residence permit remains in force as long as you live in Sweden.
If you have family members living with you in Sweden who also need to extend their permits, you apply for them in the same online application.
If you submit an application for an extension before your previous permit expires, you have the right to remain in Sweden while the Migration Agency makes a decision.
If you go abroad when your permit expires, you may have trouble re-entering Sweden until your new permit is granted. In that case, you might have to wait for your new decision outside Sweden.
If you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints. Book an appointment as soon as possible to have your picture and fingerprints taken. Your photo and fingerprints cannot be saved, so you need to go through the process even if you had a residence permit card before.
The decision and residence permit card will be sent to your address in Sweden. The permit applies only to the club that has offered you a job and the sport specified by the job offer.
If you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the form Application for Swedish work permit – for applicants currently outside Sweden, no. 149011, and submit it to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in your country of residence. The application form specifies which documents to enclose. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit your application.
If there is no possibility to submit an application in your country, you must apply at the embassy or consulate-general closest to your country of residence. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit your application for further information.
If you are applying at an embassy or consulate-general, you pay the fee when you hand in your application. For more information about the fee, contact the embassy or consulate-general where you are applying, as they do not have the same fees and terms of payment as the Migration Agency.
If you want to extend your permit, fill out the form Application for Swedish work permit – for applicants currently in Sweden, no. 151011. The application form specifies which documents to enclose.
Send your application to the Swedish Migration Agency, Box 3100, 903 03 Umeå.
In most cases you must pay a fee.