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Immigration support for hiring expats in Sweden via PEO

Among many other issues companies face when expanding globally is global HR. This includes hiring local citizens and expats, and payrolling them, paying taxes and getting work permits and visas so that expatriates were eligible to work in a foreign country.

If you are a company that is already hiring or planning to hire international workforce for your international projects, you must be aware of how hard it may get to onboard the person if they are miles away. Things can get even more complicated if expats are to be onboarded in a foreign country.

Whether it is to serve your company’s clients in Sweden or to tap into a new market, Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ is here for you.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to work overseas.

Our solution is a one-stop shop service for the official employment of expats in Sweden after they have received a work permit or a visa. Our Global PEO for hiring expats is aimed at employer companies that want to transfer selected candidates or individuals whose employers are ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment.

Note: having one provider that sponsors a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs the expat, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, we can provide a bunch of extra benefits in addition to immigration support and onboarding in full compliance with local labor legislation. This includes housing, office, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, and others.

Focus on your primary business goals. And let us take care of the work permit and immigration procedures for you. Use our all-in-one solution:

  1. For long-term assignments in Sweden, allowing to payroll expats with full legal compliance
  2. As an interim solution before incorporating in the country

Hiring and payrolling expats in Sweden

Acumen’s approach to global mobility and expats employment in Sweden is backed with years of field expertise. Our team of seasoned professionals has managed to guide the whole bunch of companies of different sizes and sectors through the challenging immigration and onboarding and offboarding procedure.

We have helped companies to easily onboard, payroll and withdraw employees at the end of the employment agreement when it was needed based on their needs.

If you want to quickly and without risk get a work permit for your expatriate candidate, Acumen International can be your dedicated partner. We will guide you through all steps and advise on the documents required.

Note: we cannot shorten or affect the immigration procedure. However, we can make all necessary preparations so that you can onboard the employee immediately the permit or visa have been received.

We will ensure 100% compliance with the in-country labor legislation during the expats’ employment with Acumen International. Contact us for details on visa processing timelines and documents required to get a work permit in Sweden.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Sweden takes from 1 to 3 months until entry to Sweden, and a further 1 month before the entire process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Sweden

  1. Labor Market Test
  2. Work & Residence Permit Application
  3. Biometrics Submission
  4. Entry to Sweden
  5. Local Registration & PIN

Documents for work permit in Sweden, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Work Permit Application Form If using an agent in Sweden, application form may not be required. One original; one clear copy
Evidence of Legal Status Copy of residence permit/visa for country of residence, if residing outside the country of nationality. One clear and notarized copy
Application Fee (Sweden) Should be checked directly with the Embassy/consulate at the time of application. One original
Passport Information Page (Copy) Clear copy of passport information page; all four corners of the passport must be visible and the passport should be valid for a longer duration then the permit applied for. One clear copy
Passport One original
Birth Certificate (Children) Should be provided to correctly register the applicant’s family status (even if children are not accompanying) and to support children’s registrations. It is recommended that the certificate be translated into Swedish or English to avoid delays if not issued in one of these languages (not compulsory). One clear and translated copy; one clear copy
Marriage Certificate (Spouse) Should be provided to correctly register the applicant’s family status (even if spouse is not accompanying) and to support the spouse’s registration. It is recommended that the certificate be translated into Swedish or English to avoid delays if not issued in one of these languages (not compulsory). One clear and translated copy; one clear copy

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Sweden without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Call us for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Sweden.

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