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Students

As an international student in Sweden, you’re allowed to work alongside your studies – there’s no official limitation for how many hours you can work. However, it’s important to keep your studies as your first priority – even when you don’t have many classroom hours, you’re expected to spend the equivalent of a 40-hour work week reading and working on assignments.

After graduation

If you have a residence permit for studies at a university or other higher education institution in Sweden and have completed your studies, you can get a residence permit to seek employment or examine the possibilities of starting your own business here. You must apply for a residence permit while you are still in Sweden.

To get a residence permit you have to

  • have a passport that is valid for the whole of the period you intend to be in Sweden
  • have had a residence permit for higher education that has lasted for at least two terms
  • have completed your studies
  • apply for a residence permit while you are still in Sweden
  • plan to seek employment or examine the possibilities of starting your own business
  • be able to support yourself during the period for which you are applying for (check the website migrationsverket.se for the latest requirements)
  • have full health insurance if you are not registered in the population register in Sweden.

If you get a residence permit in Sweden to seek employment after completing your studies at a university or other higher education institution, your family can get a residence permit for the same period as you.

For more information: Migrationsverkret

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