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Post-study visa options in Sweden

Read our guide to what visa options are available to international students in Sweden to remain in the country once they've graduated.

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As a  centre of innovation and technological development, many international students in Sweden don’t want to leave once their course has concluded. The options available to those who wish to remain in Sweden to work post-study presently depend on whether they are from an EU or EEA country (or Switzerland). However, under a new proposal from the Swedish government it is possible for non-EU students and researchers to apply to remain in the country for up to a year after the completion of their studies. This had previously been set at six months. Changes to the law are expected to come into force from January of 2020. 

Find out if you are from an EU or EEA country


I AM from an EU/EEA country or from Switzerland...

At this time, students from EU/EEA countries can work and live in Sweden straight after completing their studies (plus they do not need a work permit). Furthermore, students from Denmark, Finland and Norway can do so without obtaining a residence permit. However, this is dependent on the outcome of Brexit, which could affect current legislation. 

All EU/EEA/Swiss nationals must register with the Swedish Tax Agency to register with the Swedish population register.


I am NOT an EU/EEA/Swiss national...

If you are not from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you can apply for an extension for your current student residence permit which, from January 2020, would be for a period of up to one year. The only conditions are that you must be able to support yourself financially during this period and have completed at least 30 credits or one semester of postgraduate studies in the country, successfully completing your course.


Applying for a work permit in Sweden

Once you have found a job, you must apply for a work permit in Sweden. Your new employer must initiate this process by filling out an offer of employment. You must start this process before your residence permit expires (this may be a residence permit as part of your studies or as part of a residence permit to seek employment in Sweden). If you cannot satisfy any of these terms, you can still apply for a work permit from another country.


You must apply online through the Swedish Migration Board.


You must meet the following terms when applying for a work permit:


  • You must have a valid passport
  • You must have been offered terms of employment and a salary which are on par with those set by Swedish collective agreements or which are customary within the occupation or industry
  • You must have been offered a minimum salary of SEK 13,000 per month before taxes
  • Your employer must intend to provide insurance covering health, life, employment and pension when you begin to work.


Now that you know more about staying in Sweden after your studies, start searching for a course abroad in Sweden.


Read more:

‘Applying for a student visa in Sweden’


'Finding a graduate career in Sweden'


Visit the Swedish Migration Board to find out more details about requesting a working permit for Sweden.