Sweden has simplified its labour migration rules, making it easier for non-EU citizens to live and work in Sweden. At work.sweden.se you’ll find a step-by-step guide to the Swedish migration process, as well as helpful hints for working in Sweden.
An EU/EEA citizen who is an employee, self-employed or a student, or who has sufficient funds to support himself/herself has a right to reside in Sweden. The term ‘right to reside’ means that an EU/EEA citizen and his or her family members are permitted to be in Sweden for more than three months without a residence permit. A person who has a right of residence must register with the Swedish Migration Board no later than three months after entering the country.
Please check www.monster.se, www.jobbsafari.se, www.careerbuilder.se, www.jobsinstockholm.com or the Swedish public employment service (Arbetsförmedlingen) website for job opportunities.
If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you first need to get a job offer from a Swedish company. You can then apply for a work permit using the Swedish Migration Board’s online application, or at your nearest Swedish Diplomatic Mission. A work permit is obligatory in order to work in Sweden.
In connection with your application, immediate family members may also apply for a Swedish work and residence permit. If approved, this will allow them to live, work and study in Sweden for the same duration as your employment and residence permit allow.
As soon as your work/residence permit is approved and your residence permit card is ready, the mission abroad will issue, or in certain cases send, the card to you. If you haven’t previously been photographed and had your fingerprints taken, you will need to visit the embassy or consulate to do so.
For more information about migration to Sweden, please visit the Migration Board’s website.