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There are several types of visas which will allow an applicant to legally work in Sweden; however, only one is relevant for the majority of applicants: the Sweden employer-sponsored work visa. See below the full list of visas which allow applicants to work.
Sweden Work Permit (Employer-sponsored)
Employees who have found a job with a Swedish employer need this Swedish work permit. As an employer, you must sponsor this work visa. For employers who hire non-EU employees through an employer of record, this is the visa they are most likely to apply for.
Intra-company Transfer (ICT)
The ICT permit is for employees who are transferred from a non-EU branch to the Swedish branch. The employer must apply to the Swedish Migration Board or the closest embassy/consulate to be considered for this permit.
This visa is for non-EU citizens who want to enter Sweden temporarily – for a business trip or a converence, for example. A business visa is usually valid for 90 days.
Freelancer, entrepreneurs, or self-employed workers who plan to live and work in Sweden for longer than 3 months must apply for a self-employment visa. This visa is also a residence permit, and applicants must apply for it before travelling to Sweden.
Working Holiday visa
The Sweden Working Holiday visa is a 1-year visa for citizens from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. Applicants must be aged 18–30 to be considered for a Sweden working Holiday Visa.
Students are permitted to work alongside their studies. You can see the Sweden immigration website for details of the visa application depending on level of studies (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral).
There are exceptions for Sweden work permit requirements depending on the manpower needs of the country. These needs change year to year, but the list on the official Sweden immigration website is kept up to date.
It should also be noted that EU citizens, citizens of Nordic countries, and EU Blue Card holders do no need a work visa to compliantly work in Sweden; Swiss citizens, however, do need a work visa if they plan to work in Sweden for longer than 3 months.
This section will cover the Sweden employer-sponsored work visa. Required documents include:
The process for getting a work visa in Sweden can be long. Currently, there are no opportunities to fast-track such visa applications. On average, the process will take between 6 and 12 months to complete, whether the applicant is based inside or outside of Sweden.
This is the process for getting a work visa when the employee is based outside of Sweden:
For applicants based inside of Sweden, the process is:
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The EU Blue Card allows holders to work and reside in Sweden or in any EU Country. Applicants of the EU Blue Card must have spent 3 years completing higher education in the EU, or have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the EU. Holders of the EU Blue Card must have a salary that is 20%-50% higher than the average.