Swedish residence permit for highly qualified individuals

What are the requirements for this residence permit?

In order to obtain a residence permit to seek employment or explore the possibilities for starting a business in Sweden, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • have completed studies corresponding to an advanced level degree
  • plan to seek employment or explore the possibilities for starting your own business
  • be able to support yourself during the period for which you are applying for a permit and have money to cover the cost of your journey home. (13.000Sek per month and funds for your eventual departure)
  • have comprehensive health insurance valid for care in Sweden
  • have a passport valid for the entire period you intend to be in Sweden (if your passport is about to expire, you should extend it because you cannot get a permit for longer than your passport is valid)
  • currently be located outside of Sweden.

What is considered an advanced level degree?

  • For a degree to count as advanced level, it must correspond to a 60-credit Master’s degree, a 120-credit Master’s degree, a professional degree worth 60-330 credits, or a postgraduate/PhD-level degree.
  • In your application, you must enclose a letter of consent that gives the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) the right to contact higher education institutions in your home country to verify your educational documents. The Swedish Migration Agency then sends your documents to UHR so that they can assess your level of education. The Swedish Migration Agency cannot answer questions about the level of your degree before you have made your application.

What H I Law will do for you

Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of immigration law and extensive experience in business law. We can therefore offer you high quality legal advice and tailormade practical assistance based on your, and your businesses, specific needs.

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Swedish Residence Permit for Highly Qualified Individuals