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How to apply

Most people applying for a work permit should use the Swedish Migration Agency website and apply online. Here you can also find information on how to apply in paper form.

If you are applying online, are granted a permit and do not need a visa to enter Sweden, you do not normally have to visit the Embassy. Regardless of how you apply, your work permit must have been granted before you leave for Sweden. (For applications on paper forms, see further down):

Applying on online

1. Prepare your documentation

Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to applications that are completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

Read more on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

2. Applying

Follow the Swedish Migration Agency’s instructions. You attach documents electronically and pay the application fee using a VISA card or a MasterCard. Family members use the same online application if they apply at the same time as you.

The online application goes directly to the Swedish Migration Agency for processing and a decision.

Swedish Migration Agency web application

3. Waiting for a decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. The actual decision will be given to you when you visit the embassy. Bring your passport when collecting your decision. Your employer or contractor will be informed of the decision by post.

4. Acquiring a residence permit card

If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will be issued with a residence permit card.

If you need a visa to enter Sweden: Visit the Embassy to be photographed and fingerprinted for the card. You can do so either while waiting for a decision or after you have been granted a work permit. If you have not been photographed and fingerprinted, you should visit the Embassy between 8.00 and 13.00 Sunday to Wednesday. Bring the same passport with you as the one you used when applying for a work permit.

You can find the embassy’s address under Contact.

It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the embassy. Once the card has arrived there, you can collect your card at the Embassy without making an appointment by submitting your passport to the Embassy between 8.00 and 13.00 Sunday to Wednesday. You can pick up your card between 14.00 and 16.00 the same day. You must bring your passport with you. If you want to know whether your card has reached the embassy, you can contact us by sending us an e-mail to ambassaden.teheran-visum@gov.se 

If you do not require a visa to enter Sweden: If you are granted a permit for more than three months and do not need a visa, you travel to Sweden and arrange for the card there. Contact the Swedish Migration Agency for photographing and fingerprinting.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, you apply on a paper form that you submit to the embassy.

1. Prepare the documentation

Check which documents and personal data you need. The Swedish Migration Agency gives priority to applications that are completed in full, and you get a decision sooner.

 Read more on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

2. Pay the application fee

The application fee should be paid before the application is submit. You should pay the fee to the Embassy's bank account in Pasargard bank.

Read more under Fees.

3. Present an application at the Embassy

Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents and a receipt for the fee payment.

You can present the application without making an appointment on Sunday to Wednesday, 8.00 – 13.00.

You can find the Embassy’s address under Contact.

The Embassy sends your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden.

4. Wait for a decision

The Swedish Migration Agency informs the Embassy of its decision. Contact the Embassy for information about the decision. At the same time, your employer or contractor will be informed of the decision.

5. Arrange for a residence permit card

If you are granted a permit for more than three months, you will receive a residence permit card. You arrange for the card in the same way as described above under ‘Applying online’.