Sweden’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians

Sweden’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians
Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by Nadine Wuchenauer on Pexels.com.

If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 30 years old, you can apply for a working holiday visa to live in Sweden for up to 12 months!

The working holiday program is designed for young people to experience the life and culture in Sweden. Temporary work to fund your holiday is allowed. Although living in Sweden can be a little expensive, this could be a great opportunity to live in a cosmopolitan Scandinavian city like Stockholm, a university town like Uppsala or even experience life in the Arctic Circle.

This page contains information about the Swedish Working Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 25 August 2021.

The Migrationsverket website indicates that Sweden is currently accepting working holiday visa applications from citizens of some countries including Australia. But please note that visa applications to Sweden generally may be temporarily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key facts about Sweden

  • Population: Approx. 10 million
  • Official language: Swedish (“svenska” in Swedish)
  • Capital city: Stockholm
  • Largest cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Uppsala, Örebro
  • Name of the country in Swedish: Sverige
  • Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
Stockholm metro artwork Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by Norman Tsui on Unsplash.

Sweden Working Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

In addition to Australians, Sweden offers Working Holiday visas to citizens of Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea & Uruguay. This information applies to Australian citizens and may differ for citizens of other countries. Please check with the Migrationsverket website or the Swedish embassy in your country for more information.

To apply for a working holiday visa for Sweden as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have at least SEK15,000 (approx. AUD2,300) to support yourself initially in Sweden
  • Have a return flight ticket to Sweden (or enough money to buy one)

There is normally also a requirement to have comprehensive health insurance, and this is highly recommended. But this is not a Swedish visa requirement for Australian citizens due to Australia’s reciprocal health care agreement with Sweden.

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Have accompanying children
  • Have previously held a Swedish working holiday visa
  • Are coming for a reason other than a working holiday

More information is available on Sweden’s Migrationsverket website.

Documents needed to apply for this visa

When applying for a Swedish working holiday visa as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Valid Australian passport with sufficient time until expiry
  • A bank statement showing you have at least the equivalent of SEK15,000 (approx. AUD2,300)
  • A copy of a return ticket to Sweden, or a bank statement showing you have enough money to buy one

There is a working holiday visa application fee of SEK1,500 (approx. AUD230).

How to apply for a Swedish Working Holiday Visa

You can apply for a Swedish working holiday visa online with the Swedish Migration Agency (recommended). Alternatively, you could submit an application form and supporting documents to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in the country where you live.

If applying online: Once your application has been approved, you’ll need to visit the Swedish embassy or consulate-general that you nominated in your online application with your passport. There, you’ll be issued with your residence permit valid for up to one year.

In Australia, the Swedish embassy is in Canberra.

You must apply outside of Sweden. You cannot enter Sweden until a decision has been made and your residence permit has been granted. When you arrive in Sweden, present your residence permit decision and passport.

After arriving in Sweden, you’ll need to book an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency as soon as possible to have your fingerprints and photograph taken.

More information is available on Sweden’s Migrationsverket website.

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