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This article was originally published on October 17, 2022, and was updated on February 28, 2023, to reflect new information.

February 28, 2023, Update: The Swedish government eliminated the need for visa-exempt foreign nationals to appear in person at a Swedish embassy or consulate for work authorization approval. Instead, once a favorable decision has been made, visa-exempt citizens will be allowed to present their valid passports upon entering Sweden.

Visa-required nationals will continue to be required to make an in-person appearance and present proof of a valid passport as part of the work and residence permit application process.

Original Post From October 20, 2022:

Key Points

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


Effective November 1, 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 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 for work permits and special resident permits to present physical copies of passports on November 1, 2022. The Swedish Migration Agency will contact applicants who must present a passport in person and inform the applicant how to schedule an in-person appointment.

Looking Ahead

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

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Swedish Migration Agency

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