How to Relocate to Sweden from Nigeria

Steps to Apply for a Swedish Work Permit from Nigeria

It is no longer news that Sweden recently introduced the job seeker visa route. Many of our readers from Africa, particularly Nigeria have asked us how to relocate to Sweden from Nigeria. We have heeded that call! Today, in this article we will demystify the process of applying for a Swedish work permit from Nigeria. Read on as we teach you how to relocate to Sweden from Nigeria.

Verified Steps on Relocating to Sweden from Nigeria

The first step to take in securing a Swedish work permit from Nigeria is to visit the Swedish Migration Board website and submit your applications online. You often do not need to go to the embassy if you are applying online, are given a permission, and do not require a visa to enter Sweden. Your work permit, however, must have been approved regardless of how you applied before you depart for Sweden.

Swedish Work Permit Application Process (Online)

Prepare the Required Documents

Verify the documents and personal information you require. Applications that are fully completed are given precedence by the Swedish Migration Board, and you receive a response sooner than other incomplete applications.

Read more on the Swedish Migration Board website under “Required documents“: for documents checklist

Submitting Your Application

Adhere to the guidance provided by the Swedish Migration Board. Firstly, you must electronically affix supporting documentation and pay the application fee with a VISA or MasterCard. Family members must utilize the same online form if they apply at the same time as you. The Swedish Migration Board receives the internet application directly for processing and decision-making.

Waiting for a Decision

You will receive an email letting you know the Swedish Migration Board’s decision once it has been made. When you visit the embassy, you will receive the exact decision. When picking up your decision, bring your passport. Your contractor or employer will be notified of the decision via postal mail.

Obtaining a Residence Permit

A residence permit card will be given to you if your permission is approved for a period of time longer than three months. The creation and delivery of the residency permit card to the embassy may take up to four weeks.

Note: If you need a visa to enter Sweden, you will have to go the embassy to get your photo and fingerprints taken for the card. This should be done either while you are awaiting a decision or after you have been given a work permit, also carry your international passport. If otherwise, you can arrange your flight once your residence permit has been issued, however, consider making arrangements for the card there if you are given a permit that is valid for longer than three months without a visa. Contact the Swedish Migration Board to get your fingerprints and/or photos taken.

The embassy’s address is listed here.

Swedish Work Permit Application Process (Manual)

You can apply on paper and send it to the embassy if you are unable or unwilling to do it online.

Prepare the paperwork

Verify the papers and personal information you require. Applications that are fully completed are given precedence by the Swedish Migration Board, and you receive a response sooner.

Read more on the Swedish Migration Board website under “Required documents”: instructions on the website of the Swedish Migration Board

Pay the Application Fee

Always make the payment in advance of visiting the Embassy.

Cash payments are not accepted at the Embassy. Application costs must be paid in full to the following Zenith Bank account: 1130018871.

Learn more about fees.

Submit Your Request to the Embassy

Bring the completed application form, all necessary supporting documentation, and a receipt for the application cost. Applications for visas and residence permits can only be submitted by appointment. Email is used to handle reservations: migration.abuja@gov.se

Note: Your paperwork will be forwarded by the embassy to the Swedish Migration Board. The embassy’s address is listed under Contact.

Await a Decision

The embassy is notified of the Swedish Migration Board’s choice. The embassy then gets in touch with you. Your contractor or employer will also be made aware of the choice at that time.

Obtain a Resident Permit

A residence permit card will be given to you if your permission is approved for a period of time longer than three months. The same procedure as under “Applying online” is followed to arrange for the card.

Learn more about living expense here.

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