In April 2022, the Swedish government announced a new visa for people looking for work. It also explained how people could move to Sweden even if they didn’t have a job offer. Few countries offer visas to people who want to find work. With this change, Sweden joins other European countries like Australia and Germany in letting foreigners move in without a job offer.
Germany and Austria already had a way for foreigners to come to the country on a jobseeker visa, and now Sweden has done the same. As the name suggests, a Jobseeker’s visa lets you move to Sweden on the grounds that you are going there to look for work.
Even if you haven’t gotten a job offer, it shows that you are looking for work. Sweden made the job seekers visa because there were so few jobs for people. Sweden needs people with certain skills who work in certain jobs. If you want to work in Sweden, it’s not a good idea to go there on a tourist visa.
Eligibility Criteria for the Swedish Work Permit and Visa for Job-Seekers
With the job seeker’s visa, you can move to Sweden without a job offer if you want to look for a job or start a business. You require to meet the following 6 requirements:
- You should have finished your classes at a level that shows you are ready to move on.
- To apply for a permit, you are required to have a stable income and be able to take care of yourself.
- It would help if you had a clear plan to look for a job or start your own business.
- In Sweden, you need full health insurance to see a doctor.
- Having a passport that is good for the whole time you plan to be in Sweden would be helpful. You can’t get a permit to stay in Sweden after the date on your passport runs out. If your passport is about to perish, you should renew it before applying because you can’t get a permit for way too long before it is valid.
- You must not be living in Sweden right now.
How to Apply for and Get a Swedish Visa for Job Seekers
A work permit is a type of document that people who want to work or do business in Sweden need to get. It can be utilized to apply for job. This is the permit you need to get if you want to work in Sweden. A work permit can be given for up to two years. This can be extended for two more years, after which a person can apply to become a permanent resident.
Here is an easy list of what you need to do to get a work visa in Sweden. This is true for both people looking for work and those who have been given jobs. Have a valid passport. To get a 2-year permit, the passport should be good for at least 2 years after the date the permit is to start.
You’ve been given a chance to work in Sweden. Swedish Collective Agreements, which are standard for the job or industry, says that the terms of the job must be in line with them. This means that the job must follow standard work rules, and the pay can’t be less than the average pay for that job (and cannot be less than 13,000 SEK per month).
Your employer must also get a “union statement,” in which a local union says what it thinks about the salary level and approves. This condition does not apply to you if you are applying for a visa and work visa under the Jobseekers category. Use the online portal for the Migration Agency to send in your application. You can also visit the Swedish Embassy where you live to submit a paper application.
But keep in mind that paper applications can slow down the process by up to two or three months. The Migration Agency will look at your application in about one to six months. If the application comes from a certified business, it can also be handled in about 10 days.
From time to time, the times change. You can find out more by going to the website of Migrations. After the application has been processed, there are two more things to do. It varies depending on whether the applicant is from a country that doesn’t need a visa or one that does.
Some countries that don’t need visas are India, China, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria, etc., while the US, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, and others do. This is a full list of all the countries whose citizens need visas to enter Sweden. All countries not on the list do not need a visa.
How to Find Work in Sweden
It’s easy to get a job in Sweden. You can look through job listings that the government has put up. There aren’t enough people to work in the country, so the government is trying to bring in as many people as possible.
So, your chances of getting a job offer are very good. The Swedish Public Sector Employment Service can help people who want to find work. It gives information, help, and advice. Also, many people in Sweden run private job sites to look for work. Most of the time, these sites let you post jobs and upload your CV.