Sweden: In-Person Passport Presentation for Work and Residence Permits

October 17, 2022 Jessie Butchley

Key Points 

  • The government of Sweden updated its requirements for applicants to apply for work permits or resident permits for self-employment  


Effective 1 November 2022, the government of Sweden will require applicants for work permits or resident permits for self-employment to present a passport to the Swedish Migration Agency in person before the application can be approved. This requirement will apply to individuals who are applying for a residence permit for the first time or those who intend to apply for a residence permit extension.  

Applicants located outside the country will generally have fingerprints and photographs taken at an embassy or consulate general office. During this time, the applicant will be permitted to show the physical passport for review.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Sweden will implement a new requirement for applicants of work permits and select resident permits to present physical copies of passports on 1 November 2022. The Swedish Migration Agency will contact applicants who must present a passport in person, along with informing the applicant how to schedule an in-person appointment. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Sweden’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.

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