More stringent and improved rules on labour immigration

Published: 20 April 2022 at 17.00

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to tighten and improve current rules for labour immigration. The objective is to combat the exploitation of labour migrants, and to attract and maintain international competence.

The proposal includes the following:

  • The introduction of a new type of residence permit for certain categories of highly qualified and well-educated people
  • Measures to counteract the expulsion of skilled workers – in other words, labour migrants should not be expelled from the country as a result of minor mistakes
  • The requirement to have an employment contract for a work permit to be issued
  • The obligation for employers to report if terms of employment are changed or become less favourable
  • The possibility for the Swedish Migration Board to demand that employers present the working conditions to foreigners who have been granted work permits
  • The introduction of a maintenance requirement for family member immigration in connection with foreign labour
  • The requirement that the offence of organised human smuggling should also apply to work permits issued on the basis of false information

The amendments will come into force on 1 June 2022.