December 17, 2010

The Swedish immigration authorities are planning to bring in new procedures for corporate work authorization applications from January 2011.  In the meantime, and as we approach Christmas and New Year, processing times in Sweden particularly are considerably longer than usual.

Longer Processing Times 

Processing times for a work permit approval are currently averaging eight to twelve weeks rather than the standard four to six weeks, due to a backlog of cases and a shortage of staff at the Migration Board.  We urge our clients to take these longer times into consideration when planning for new assignments to Sweden, as timing is only likely to increase over the Christmas and New Year period.

New Offer of Employment Form 

From January 2011, a new offer of employment form will be put into use.  This form is the document the Swedish entity must complete and sign in order to obtain work permit approval from the Swedish migration board.  The new form will be more comprehensive than the form currently in use.  Pro-Link GLOBAL will, of course, provide the new form and clear instructions to our clients.

New Residence Card 

The Migration Board has notified Pro-Link GLOBAL’s KGNM correspondent office in Stockholm that, from 2011, the current work and residence permit vignette, or sticker, in the passport will be replaced with a plastic residence card.  The card will likely contain biometric details in line with other European Union member countries.  No further details have been announced at this stage, but Pro-Link GLOBAL will be monitoring the situation and will keep our clients informed.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Note that government processing times are currently extended to 6-12 weeks (rather than the usual 4-6 weeks); please plan accordingly.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification.  Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG | KGNM Correspondent Office in Sweden to provide you this update.