Sweden to ease permits

Sweden to ease permits for non-EU nationals in November. Image : Pexels

Sweden to ease permits for skilled non-EU nationals

Sweden’s government will simplify processes for highly skilled foreigners to obtain residence and work permits (EU Blue Card).

Sweden to ease permits

Sweden to ease permits for non-EU nationals in November. Image : Pexels

Sweden’s government is set to make changes to the processing of EU (European Union) Blue cards – the permit that allows skilled foreigners to live and work in European countries.

Travelobiz states that the changes are expected to come into effect in November this year.


The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit that allows highly skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in an EU member state.

Sweden is one of the 25 EU countries that issue EU Blue Cards. The list of countries that issues these cards includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

More information on EU Blue Cards is available here.


The European Union implemented EU Blue cards in 2009, to help address skills shortages in specific fields and to attract highly skilled workers from non-EU countries.

An EU Blue Card entitles holders to work and live in the EU member state that issued the card, and it can be renewed after the initial validity period has expired.


EU Blue Cards are offered to applicants who meet certain requirements.

These include having a university degree or equivalent qualifications, a valid job offer or work contract, and a salary threshold that is at least one and a half times the average salary of the issuing European member state.

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Under the new rules, highly skilled foreigners with an employment contract for a period of six months will be permitted to apply for the EU Blue Card.

Sweden’s government also plans to give more flexibility to highly skilled foreign nationals who want to change their type of work, without requiring them to apply for a new EU Blue Card.

Foreigners who have held an EU Blue Card issued by another EU country for at least a year may apply for authorization in Sweden using a streamlined process.

Skilled foreign nationals with an EU Blue Card issued by another EU member state will be able to enter Sweden for the purpose of conducting business for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.


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Safety, a high standard of living, and an exceptional work-life balance for employees make the country a very desirable place for those who can handle the climate.

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