Sweden: Work Permit Application Process Simplified for Visa-Exempt Nationals 

Last Updated on February 28, 2023

Key Points  

  • Sweden will permit visa-exempt foreign nationals to show a valid passport upon entry instead of during the application process if they have obtained approval for a work and residence permit 


The government of Sweden announced new measures aimed at facilitating entry for visa-exempt travelers who apply for temporary residence and work permits. Since November 2022, the Swedish Migration Agency has required individuals seeking work permits and self-employment resident permits to provide their original passport in person for approval. 

However, this requirement created difficulties for those foreign nationals who were exempt from obtaining an entry visa for Sweden. In response, the government has decided to eliminate the need for visa-exempt individuals to appear in person at a Swedish embassy or consulate for work authorization approval. Instead, once a positive decision has been made, visa-exempt nationals will be allowed to present their valid passport upon entering Sweden. 

What are the Changes?  

The government of Sweden will no longer require visa-exempt nationals to present a valid passport in-person prior to receiving a decision on a residence permit or work permit for the country. According to the government, this new measure aims to ensure that eligible applicants do not have to travel long distances to demonstrate proof of a valid passport.  

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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