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How to apply

Most people applying for a work permit should use the Swedish Migration Agency website and apply online.

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 Consulate General. Regardless of how you apply, your work permit must have been granted before you leave for Sweden.

How to proceed (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 under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Instructions 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.

Your employer in Sweden initiates the work permit application by completing an offer of employment. Your employer needs information about your name, date of birth, citizenship, education and your email address.

It is important that you have access to the email address you give your employer until you have received a decision regarding your application. The Swedish Migration Agency will use this email address to communicate with you throughout the application period.

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

3. Waiting for a decision

When the Swedish Migration Agency has reached its decision, you will be informed of this by email. You are asked to contact the Embassy/Consulate to learn what the decision is and how to proceed and how you can pick your decision. Please click the Consulate General in Istanbul for visiting hours and appointment. 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 a residence permit card. Visit the Embassy or Consulate General to give your biometrics for the card. You can do so either while waiting for a decision or after you have been granted a work permit. Please click the Consulate General in Istanbul for visiting hours and appointment. Bring the same passport with you as the one you used when applying for a work permit.

It can take up to four weeks for the residence permit card to be prepared and delivered to the Consulate General. Please click the Consulate General in Istanbul for visiting hours and appointment. You must bring your passport with you.

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 Consulate General.

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 under ‘Required documents’ and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency website

2. Pay the application fee 

If you are applying directly at the General Consulate in Istanbul, you pay in cash.

Read more under ‘Fees’

3. Present an application at the Embassy/Consulate

Bring the completed application form with you, together with all the required documents after booking an appointmant. Please click the Consulate General in Istanbul for appointment.

The Consulate General sends your documents to the Migration Agency in Sweden.

4. Wait for a decision

You can check the status of your case from the Migration Agency webpage with your file number. After your decision has been made you can contact the Consulate General. 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’.

Apply for a work permit

In order t o work in Sweden, you must have a work permit.

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