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

The employer initiates the application

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 e-mail address, which the Swedish Migration Agency will use to communicate with you throughout the application period.

When your employer has completed an offer of employment you will receive an e-mail with information about how to apply for a work permit.

The above does not apply to the following occupations which are subject to special rules; performer, au pair, berry picker, visiting researcher, athlete or trainer and trainees. Neither does it apply for work permits for young people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea.

Read more on the Swedish Migration Agency website:

> Swedish Migration Agency web application

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.

2. Applying
When your employer has completed an offer of employment you will receive an e-mail (see above.)

Follow the Swedish Migration Agency 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. 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 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.

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.Call to book an appointment; telephone hours Wednesday and Friday 9-12. 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’ in the menu on the left.

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, the embassy will contact you via email to check to which consulate you would like the card to be sent for pickup. You must bring your passport with you. 

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/consulate.

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
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 and a receipt for the fee payment.

You can present the application at the embassy without making an appointment on Monday to Friday 09.00-12.00 and 14.00 to 15.30.

If presenting the application at a consulate, please call the consulate to check opening hours.

You can find the embassy and consulate addresses under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

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. The embassy then contacts you via email. 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’.

Information about your application

If you would like to see if the Migration Agency has received your application, or if a decision has been made,

> Check your application

How long does it take to get a decision from the Swedish Migration Agency?

> Time to a decision