As with all corporate immigration, immigration compliance is essential when relocating
employees to Sweden. This is a process which can be very time consuming. Shaving days off each
step of your employee’s VISA application can be a great gain for a project or for the future of
So how can you save time? As always, it is about getting it right from the start. Damage control is lengthy and expensive and in immigration, you must also consider the element of uncertainty regarding when your employee can start working.
We’ve put together our top 5 tips on how to speed up the process for your employees’ VISA applications
1. Get an overview
Get a full overview from the start of what is required from the Migration Agency to
avoid losing valuable time with an incomplete application. Attach all documents
required for the application or it will be considered incomplete, which can result in
delays of up to one year.
2. Give complete answers
Make sure to fully answer all of the Migration agency’s questions, such as the terms
of employment, without cluttering the application with irrelevant material that can
slow down a decision.
3. Know the salary requirements
Know what salary requirements are acceptable to the union so you can offer at least
the minimum level and avoid denial.
4. Schedule biometrics early
Talk to the embassy to see whether it is allowed to give biometrics as soon as the
application has been filed or if you need to wait for a decision. Swedish embassies
around the world have different policies, often due to safety measures. There are
embassies which have a shortage of Swedish employees who are able to take the
biometrics why it is important to start scheduling an appointment early – this measure alone can save
5. Check out residence card requirements
Check if this has to be obtained outside of Sweden? Not all nationalities need the
resident card upon entry. Check what is relevant in your employee’s case. Production
of the card is usually an efficient process. Getting the card to your employee,
however, may not necessarily be as swift. Explore how postal services work in the
country where you are applying. Some countries have efficient services whilst in
other countries your employee may have to travel to the embassy to pick it up.
Processing times also vary by season and for the most part it takes longer in the
Need help or advice? After years of corporate immigration service, we are experts on the nuances. Please contact
us at email@example.com or call us on +46 8 660 61 01 if you would like our help.
You are also very welcome to join us for one of our short and succinct webinars on local and
global immigration. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the headline Immigration and we will send you a webinar invitation.