Plan your move
What's next after obtaining a work permit? Here's a step-by-step guide to what you need to think about before departing and after you arrive.
1. Find a home
Get started on finding a home as soon as possible, especially if you’ll be living in a big city like Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö.
2. Arrange daycare or school
Investigate the different options available and get in touch with your local city council to begin the enrolment procedure if you have children.
3. Learn some Swedish
A basic understanding of Swedish will help you find your place in Swedish society easier. Once you have a Swedish personal identity number, you can sign up for free Swedish courses arranged by the government programme Swedish for immigrants (SFI).
4. Bringing a pet?
Check current regulations for bringing animals to Sweden to ensure your pet’s migration process goes as smoothly as your own.
5. Bringing your things
Check with Swedish Customs if you’re unsure of the rules regarding bringing a specific item with you – particularly food, medicine, tobacco, alcohol, vehicles and anything very expensive.
6. Check driving licence regulations
If you’re planning to drive in Sweden, check up on whether you can use your current licence or if you’ll need a new one. Familiarise yourself with Swedish road rules, signs and parking regulations.
7. Apply for a visa to enter Sweden (Non-EU only)
Citizens of certain non-EU countries will need a visa to enter Sweden. If your country is on the list, contact your nearest Swedish embassy or consulate to learn more and apply.
8. Prepare your documentation
Make sure to bring all official documentation for you and your family with you when travelling to Sweden, including identity documents, any residence permit cards and any official documents from the Swedish Migration Agency.
9. In Sweden: Register for residence permit (non-EU only)
Citizens of non-EU countries who do not require a visa to enter Sweden will apply for a residence permit card after entering Sweden. Visit the Swedish Migration Agency for details.
10. Register with the Swedish authorities
Your ticket to most aspects of life in Sweden is the personal identity number you’ll receive from the Swedish Tax Agency after arriving and registering. Also register with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency to have access to various benefits.
11. Organise your finances
Open a Swedish bank, find out how to pay your bills and get an idea of the cost of living in Sweden.
12. Set up utilities and insurance
Depending on your form of housing, you may need to arrange heating, electricity, telephone service, internet and television. Sorting out a home insurance is also a good idea. Check with your landlord to find out what applies in your case.
13. When in Sweden
Welcome to Sweden! Read up on business culture, healthcare and workers rights, as well as social benefits and social life, in our 'Living in Sweden' section.
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