Swedish immigration authorities advised that work permits now must meet more stringent conditions.

Key Points:

  • As part of the new work permit model announced in May, Standard Industrial Classification (SNI) codes, which specify the field(s) of industry a business operates in, and the Swedish Standard Classification of Occupations (SSYK) codes, which are assigned depending on both the job title and job description, are both now a fundamental part of the examination and classification of all work permit applications.
  • The new work permit model divides applications into four categories. The SNI codes are used to designate the appropriate category under which an application should qualify. The categorization will determine the processing time of each application.

BAL Analysis: Swedish authorities are introducing the new work permit model to reduce processing times and improve services to employers hiring highly skilled foreign nationals. The aim is to process applications for highly skilled workers within 30 days, however due to the change in process and increased scrutiny on work permit applications, employers may experience longer processing times.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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