When applying for a work permit, you must prove that:
- you have a written offer of employment from an employer or a client based in Sweden;
- you earn enough money to support yourself.
Your employer must have fulfilled the following obligations:
- the job must have been advertised in Sweden and in the EU for ten days;
- the terms of the contract (salary, working conditions and other terms of employment) must be equal to or better than those provided under a Swedish collective agreement or those which are customary for the occupation or industry;
- the relevant trade union must have been given the opportunity to express an opinion on the terms and conditions of employment.
Applying from outside Sweden
In most cases, you must file your application for your permit in your country of origin or residence.
The application must be filed either electronically on the Migration Agency website or with the Swedish consulate or embassy abroad. You just fill in the appropriate application form and pay a fee. The process can take several months to complete if you file the application at a Swedish consulate or embassy.
Applying from inside Sweden
You can apply for a work permit from inside Sweden in the following cases:
- you are a student at a university or college in Sweden and have a student residence permit changing status to a worker and have completed at least 30 higher education credits or one semester of postgraduate studies in Sweden;
- you are a job applicant visiting an employer in Sweden and there is a high demand for labour in this job category.
You may apply electronically or by post to the Migration Agency.