The Swedish government has announced that it plans to launch a new international recruitment unit and create a new work permit model in the coming months.

Key Points:

  • Once implemented, Swedish authorities plan to adjudicate complete work permit applications for highly skilled workers within 30 days.
  • Authorities will introduce four new work permit models:
    • Category A includes work permit applications for highly qualified occupations defined as managerial, advanced university competence and higher education or equivalent.
    • Category B includes specific occupations, such as intra-corporate transferees, EU Blue Card holders, artists, researchers and athletes/coaches.
    • Category C includes occupations that do not require an advanced degree and do not require a high level of case evaluation.
    • Category D includes work permit applications in industries defined as particularly demanding in terms of case investigation, including cleaning, construction, personal assistance, and hotels and restaurants.
  • More information regarding the new international recruitment unit and the work permit model is available here.

BAL Analysis: Swedish authorities introduced the new international recruitment unit to reduce processing times and improve services to employers hiring highly skilled foreign nationals.

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