You must have a work permit in order to work in Sweden. Once you have been granted a permit, it must be entered into your passport before your arrival. Special rules apply for EU/EEA citizens, their relatives and long-term residents in the EU.
What is required to get a work permit?
If you want to work in Sweden, you must have an offer of employment from an employer in Sweden.
To get a permit, you must also:
In addition, your employer must:
You and the employer are responsible for showing the Migration Agency that the requirements above have been met. You do this by completing the application form for employees and the employer completes the Offer of Employment form.
Where do you apply for a residence and work permit?
The main rule is that people who want to work in Sweden must apply for a residence and work permit in the country of origin or another country outside Sweden in which you reside.
Where do I apply?
If you are outside Sweden, you apply electronically on the Migration Agency website.
You can also apply at the Embassy/Consulate in the country where you reside.
You must always append the following documents to your application:
Please note: If you are a student or a doctoral student at a university/ college you do not need a work permit to be able to work during your studies.
How long is the permit valid?
If the employment is temporary, you will be issued a residence and work permit valid only for the same period, but for a maximum of two years at a time.
After 48 months, you will become eligible for a permanent residence permit.
In order to work in Sweden, you must have a work permit.
Read more about at Swedish Migration Agency on how to apply for a work permit or for a residence permit as a self-employed person or a visiting researcher.