Step-by-step guide for all au pairs to complete before entering Sweden:
For EU/EFTA citizens and citizens of Nordic countries, completing the above steps is all you need to do to be able to enter Sweden as an au pair.
Non-EU Citizens - Apply for a work permit
(+ visa if required) before entering Sweden
|Citizens from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea - Apply for a Working Holiday Visa|
Apply for a work permit prior to entering Sweden through your local Swedish Embassy or Consulate General. The documents listed in the step-by-step guide above will be required. The application costs SEK 1,000. Certain waiting times also apply.
Note: If you have worked as an au pair in another country before, it may reduce your chances of being granted a work permit as an au pair in Sweden.
Au pairs staying for less than 3 months and coming from one of these countries require a visa as well as a work permit to enter Sweden. Your au pair contract is used instead of an invitation, and the application costs 60 Euros. Your fingerprints and photo will also be taken at the Embassy which will be used for a Residence Permit Card.
Apply for a Working Holiday Visa, via a Swedish embassy or consulate general in your home country to enter Sweden. The application costs SEK 1,000, and all the documents from the step-by-step guide will be required, plus proof of secure income, i.e. your pocket money as an au pair. Be aware of the applicable waiting times
Citizens of the EU/EFTA - Since 1 May 2014, citizens of these countries no longer need to register their Right of Residence if they intend to stay in the country for more than 3 months for studying or working purposes.
Citizens of the Nordic countries only need to register with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) upon arrival in Sweden.
Au pairs who require residence/work permits and are staying longer than 3 months - Make an appointment at your local Migration Board Permit Unit to have your fingerprints and photo taken for your Residence Permit Card as soon as possilble after arriving in Sweden.
Register with the Swedish Tax Agency
Shortly after arriving in Sweden you should register with the Skatteverket (Swedish Tax Agency) which will be able to provide more information on the exact amount of tax you will pay as an au pair. Note: Despite paying tax, au pairs still receive a monthly pocket money to the value of SEK 3,500 gross.
Register with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan)
To be covered by social insurance in Sweden, simply register with Försäkringskassan. Those with an European Health Insurance Card from their home country are advised to take this with them, as this may automatically provide you with health insurance coverage. Everyone who lives or works in Sweden is entitled to certain benefits when registered with Försäkringskassan, including basic healthcare disability coverage and other insurance coverage.
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