The Swedish government has published eligibility requirements for its new start-up work permit.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals can now apply for a start-up work permit to look for work or start a business in Sweden if they:
    • Have obtained an advanced-level degree.
    • Plan to seek employment or start a business in Sweden.
    • Have at least 13,000 SEK for each month the applicant plans to stay in the country.
    • Hold valid international health insurance.
    • Currently live outside of Sweden and hold a passport that will be valid for their entire stay in the country.
  • If approved, individuals will receive a start-up visa to stay in Sweden for three to nine months. Family members and dependents are not eligible to join the applicant on this visa.
  • Applications for the start-up visa can be submitted through this website.

Additional Information: More information regarding eligibility requirements and application instructions for the start-up visa is available here.

BAL Analysis: Those interested in the new residence permit for start-ups should work closely with their immigration provider.

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