Work Permit Regulations for Fruit Pickers in Sweden

Posted by | 30th July 2013 | Employment Regulations, Scandinavia

Sweden is one of the world’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.

Paying Tax

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.

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  • saviour lotsu

    i want a an employment to be a fruit picker in sweden


  • admin

    We are working with our employers to make the process of finding fruit picking jobs easier and we will soon be making this information live so keep an eye on our News and posts. We specialise in jobs in Finland but might be able to help with such work across Scandinavia too. Hopefully it won’t be too long now.

    • Richman Mathema

      Good morning. I am from South Africa. I am looking for a job as a fruit picker or any other farm job. I have also a drivers licence for truck up to 8 ton. I am immediately available

  • Mae Lazau

    I am Filipino and married to Romanian citizen. I have resident permit in Romania for 5 yrs as a family member of eu citizen. I am working now as a peas picker which owned by danish. I am interested to apply together with my husband. Is it possible for me to work and if ever do i need to apply something also? Thanks


    • TicoInFinland

      are those documents original?

  • Harinder Singh

    My name is Harinder singh, from Delhi,currently unemployed , desperately need a job , can i get a job as a Fruit Picker, please help me thanks my mail id is