Sweden: Measures to Reduce Work Permit Processing Wait Times

Last Updated on March 19, 2023

Key Points 

  • Sweden introduced measures to reduce delays in the examination process of certain work permit applications  


The government of Sweden is making efforts to simplify the examination process for work permit applications. The government will continue to increase the number of staff responsible for reviewing work permit applications and will seek new digitization measures to simplify the application process.  

What are the Changes?  

The Swedish government introduced new efforts aimed at reducing the examination processing time for certain work permit applications. Through these efforts, the government is working to ensure that the processing of all applications takes no longer than four months. Currently, processing times can take an average of eight to twelve months for applicants seeking a work permit through an employer who is not eligible for fast-track processing.  

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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