Sweden & China

Working in Sweden

In order to work in Sweden, you must have a work permit. According to Swedish Law your work permit application should be finalized before entering Sweden.

Appling for a work permit

You can apply online for a work permit or for a residence permit as a self-employed person or a visiting researcher at the Migration Agency’s website.

When applying online you are given clear instructions about how to fill in your application and what you should send with the application. This makes it easier for you to send in a complete application and increases your chances of a quick decision.

To find out which rules apply, which documents are required and how you apply, check the Migration Agency’s website.

Note that only documents in English are accepted, any documents in Chinese or Mongolian should be translated into English by an authorized translator. Any copies of marriage or birth certificate from your home country submitted with the application should be notarized.  

Applicants under the age of 18 must have one of their legal guardians accompanying him/her when visiting a Swedish Mission Abroad. If the legal guardians are unable to accompany the applicant, one of them should write a power of attorney allowing someone over the age of 18 to accompany the applicant to a Swedish Mission Abroad.

If you apply for residence permit at a Swedish Mission in the People's Republic of China you need to pay the application fee in CNY Renminbi by bank or credit card when you submit the application.  For more information regarding the fees, please look here. 

Receiving the decision 

If you have applied online, you will receive an email confirming that a decision has been made.  Your employer will also receive a notification about the decision by mail.

If you have applied at the Embassy or Consulate General, you need to check for the decision at the Swedish Migration Agency's website with the control number written on the receipt issued by the Swedish Mission. Your employer will also receive a notification about the decision by mail. 

Recording your biometrics

If you have been granted a residence permit, you will need to record your biometrics at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing or the Consulate-General of Sweden in Shanghai. All citizens may leave their biometrics at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing. Residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Hong Kong, and Macao have the option to leave their biometrics at the Consulate-General of Sweden in Shanghai. Note that there is no need to make an appointment, you can visit during the Visa Section's opening hours.

You have the option of leaving your biometrics at the Embassy in Beijing or the Consulate-General in Shanghai before a decision has been made in your case.

Collect your residence permit card

When you have been granted a residence permit and left biometrics, a residence permit card will be produced for you and sent from Sweden to the Swedish Embassy or Consulate-General. This will normally take 2-3 weeks.

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