Work Permit Regulations for Fruit Pickers in Sweden
Sweden is one of the worldâ€™s most worker friendly countries and the largest group of foreign nationals coming to Sweden during the fruit picking season are Thai. However, many other nationals arrive from a multitude of European countries.
See below for work permit regulations for fruit pickers in Sweden:
A. Non-EU country members
Visas for fruit pickers from non-EU countries are generally only granted to farm owners and companies who can provide accommodation for its workers and a minimum wage. In addition to this, workers also have to obtain a work permit.
In order to get a work permit in Sweden, you must:
- have a valid passport
- have been offered employment
- have been offered a monthly pretax salary of at least SEK 13,000.
If you are applying for a work permit to cover employment for less than three months, you must also have health insurance coverage which must include the cost of your return home in case of an emergency.
How to apply for a work permit for non-EU country members:
First of all, you must fill in this form and hand it over to the Swedish Embassy or Consulate of the country you are currently residing in (you must be outside of Sweden when applying for a work permit in Sweden). You may be required to also pay a fee for your application and must also enclose the following documents:
- valid passport
- letter of offer of employment
- documents from your employer showing that the employment offer is made under the regulations of the Migration Board.
B. EU country members:
EU residents can work in Sweden without a visa for a period of 3 months and may commence work as soon as they arrive in Sweden. If you however intend to stay in Sweden for more than 3 months, you must register with the Migration Board.
When you work in Sweden you must pay tax. Taxes are usually automatically deducted from your wage when you have a tax card. To apply for a tax card, please visit the Swedish tax office website.
For more details please visit: http://www.migrationsverket.se/
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