Work permits for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea

Certain countries have agreements with Sweden under which 18-30 year-olds can live and work in Sweden for up to a year.

Employment can be temporary and you do not need a job offer when applying for a permit. You can look for a job after coming to Sweden.

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Requirements for obtaining a permit

In order to obtain a work permit, you must:

  • be a citizen of Australia, Canada, New Zealand or South Korea
  • be 18-30 years old
  • have a valid passport
  • have at least SEK 15,000 so that you can support yourself initially in Sweden
  • have a return ticket or enough money to buy one
  • have a valid health insurance policy (unless you are a citizen of Australia)
  • not bring any children with you.

Read more about the agreements

Agreement between Sweden and Australiaexternal link, opens in new window
Agreement between Sweden and Canadaexternal link, opens in new window
Agreement between Sweden and New Zealandexternal link, opens in new window
Agreement between Sweden and South Koreaexternal link, opens in new window

How to apply

You can apply online in the country you are living in.

You will probably be required to pay an application fee.

Fees for work permits

Enclose the following documents with your application

  • copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • a bank statement showing that you can support yourself initially in Sweden
  • a copy of a return ticket or a document showing that you have enough money to buy one
  • a document showing that you have health insurance coverage that is valid in Sweden (unless you are a citizen of Australia).

Make sure to extend your passport if it is about to expire – you cannot obtain a work permit for longer than your passport's period of validity.

Once we have received your application

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. After you have received your decision and entered Sweden you should book an appointment as soon as possible to submit your fingerprints and be photographed.

After the decision has been made

The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate general you selected in your online application. Take your passport along when picking up your decision. You can obtain a permit for one year but not past the time for which your passport remains valid. A permit for holidays cannot be extended.

You must show your decision along with a valid passport when entering Sweden.

Important information about insurance

You will not be registered in Sweden, which means that you will not be eligible for social benefits if you receive a permit for less than one year. Make sure to have an insurance policy that will cover any costs that may arise in connection with illness, injury, etc.

If the Migration Agency refuses your application

You can appeal against a decision not to grant you a residence permit within three weeks. A person to whom you have given a power of attorney can appeal on your behalf.

If you do not apply online

If you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the form Application for Residence and Work permit in Sweden for Young People from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea, no. 155011 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.

Application for residence and work permit in Sweden for young people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea, Form no 155011PDF (in English)

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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.

Last updated: 8 May 2015