Entry conditions and visas
Depending on your nationality, entry conditions may apply, such as the need to have an entry visa, a residence permit or work permit. If so, your Swedish host organisation will assist you by providing necessary documents.
Citizens of Switzerland
If you are a Swiss citizen, you may move to Sweden to work, study, start your own business or, for example, live on a pension from your country of origin. If you wish to stay for longer than three months, you will need a residence permit. www.migrationsverket.se
British citizens moving to Sweden after 1 Jan 2021 follow the rules for non-EU citizens, see below.
Exemptions from the work permit requirements applies to the following categories:
- Researchers or teachers at higher education institutions who participate in research, teaching or lecturing activities for up to three months altogether over the period of 12 months.
- Researchers who have a residence permit for research in another EU country and will carry out part of their research in Sweden with an approved research funding body. The exemption is valid for a maximum of 180 days during a 360-day period.
If you belong to one of the above categories, you do not need a work permit, but citizens of certain countries need a visa. Read more at the Migration Agency’s website
Longer stay – more than three months
If you plan to stay in Sweden for longer than three months you will need a residence permit for researchers, work permit (applies for those not doing any research) or residence permit for studies (applies to those admitted to doctoral education). You must apply for the permit from your native country or other country outside Sweden where you are living. If you apply online, using the Migration Agency website, you will get a decision sooner, providing that the Migration Agency does not need to request further information.
Find more information and on-line application forms at the Swedish Migration Agency’s website: