Sweden: Tightening and Improvement of Regulations on Labor Migration

December 29, 2021

Key Points  

  • Proposed amendments to better protect foreign national workers in Sweden  
  • Amendment to create new residence work permit for highly qualified workers 


The government of Sweden plans to improve labor migration to the country through several amendments over the next six months. The intent of these amendments will be to counter exploitation of labor migrants and to attract and retain international expertise. Under one of the amendments, employment contracts will be made mandatory in order for a work permit to be granted. The government will also more strictly monitor family member immigration. One of the amendments proposed would also introduce a new residence permit for certain highly qualified workers.  

What are the Changes? 

The government of Sweden has proposed an amendment that would protect migrant labor in the country and create a new residence permit for highly qualified workers.  

Looking Ahead  

If approved, these amendments will enter into force on 1 June 2022. Continue to check the government of Sweden’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

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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