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Throughout the course of the webinar, Patrik and Riza offered an overview of the new model, as well as covering SSYK codes and categories, and SNI codes, alongside highlighting the increased importance of compliance, and delivering breaking news around the introduction of a new electronic passport verification option for some applicants.

The new model for prioritised processing was implemented in January 2024, and is a replacement model for the Certified Sponsorship – or fast-track – model.

With the Certified Sponsorship model that was in place previously, companies which were certified could expect work permit applications to be processed within 10 days. As time passed, however, more companies became fast-track certified, which caused a major lag in processing times.

Riza comments:
“Whilst the fast-track model was once something exclusive, as more and more businesses saw the benefit and jumped on board, processing times became slower and slower, eventually taking 1 – 3 months for every application.”

The new model aims to prioritise highly qualified employees.

Riza explains:
“Now, with the new model, applications are reviewed based on the applicant and not the company. Yes, it is stricter, but if you are compliant, and if the application is well-prepared, we are seeing much faster processing times.”

A: Highly Qualified Occupations – 30 working days

  • Managerial roles
  • Occupations demanding in-depth university competence
  • Occupations requiring university competence or equivalent
B: Special Rule Occupations – 3 months

  • Seasonal jobs
  • Berry pickers
  • Group transfers (ICT)
  • EU Blue Card Directive permits
  • Artists
  • Researchers
  • Athletes/coaches
  • Au pairs
  • Trainees
  • Youth exchange agreements
  • Volunteers
  • Look to work or start a business permitAsylum seekers transitioning to a different track
C: Non-Highly Qualified Positions – 4 months

  • Occupations that do not require higher academic qualifications, but also don’t require more scrutiny.
  • It also encompasses occupations that have significant social benefits, like elder care work.
D: Industries Requiring Investigation – 4 months or more
Industries as particularly needing thorough investigation during the permit process such as:

  • Cleaning
  • Construction
  • Personal assistance
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants

Patrik explains:
“Since these codes classify businesses by relevant industry sector, they allow the Migration Agency to identify certain applications as being particularly demanding: for example, those that would see the applicant, if successful, being employed in an industry which is regarded as high risk by the authorities. These codes are subject to change, depending on Swedish labour market needs and other factors.”

Compliance & Additional Updates
Compliance has become even more important with the Migration Agency’s implementation of multiple increasingly strict requirements and controls.

Patrik took attendees through some of the requirements that businesses need to be aware of, including rules around notification of change of position or employer, requirements for recruitment advertising, when and how to sign employment contracts, and optimum timings for employee entry into Sweden.

It was also highlighted that the Swedish salary requirement has recently been increased and is expected to be increased further within the next year. If an application is submitted with an insufficient salary level, the Migration Agency or Labour Union will flag this and give the employer an opportunity to increase the salary and meet the required threshold.

Before closing, Patrik went through some general updates and shared details of the electronic passport verification option that is now being offered to applicants from 23 different countries, meaning that they are no longer required to travel to a Swedish Embassy.

A final comment from Patrik:
“We understand that it can sometimes be hard to keep up with all the requirements from different authorities when employing new colleagues from outside of the EU. K2, and our team of Immigration Consultants, are on hand to help businesses navigate the ever-changing landscape of work permit requirements – ensuring compliance and minimising risk. Our highly experienced team are capable of assisting with even the most complex of cases, and offer a ‘one point of contact’ solution for your employee, giving them more time to focus on their relocation, their new job, and getting settled into Sweden.”