Generally, citizens from countries outside the EU must apply for a work permit to work in Sweden.
For employment that lasts less than three months, citizens of certain countries must have both a work permit and a visa.
To qualify for a work permit, you must have received an official offer of employment from a Swedish employer. The job must also:
- have been advertised in the EU/EEA for at least ten days
- offer terms of employment that match those set by Swedish collective agreements or those that are customary within the occupation or industry
- pay a minimum monthly salary of SEK 13,000 before taxes.
You must also hold a valid passport in your home country.
Generally, it is best to apply before coming to Sweden, but as you will be living in Sweden legally during your school year, it is also possible to apply from within Sweden. Here is what the application process will look like:
- Receive an offer of employment – which must have been approved by a relevant trade union.
- Compile and submit your application – either online or through a paper application submitted to your closest Swedish embassy or consulate. Your completed application must include:
– a completed application form
– copies of the pages of your passport that show personal data, period of validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin (e.g. other visas or residence permits)
– your offer of employment and the statement from the trade union
– an application fee.
- The Migration Agency considers your application and informs you of its decision,.
- Submit data for visa and residence permit card.
For specific information and forms, go to https://sweden.se/society/obtaining-a-work-permit/