In connection when an application for a work and residence permit in submitted, the Swedish Migration Agency has announced that individuals need to show their passport in person before a decision can be made.

This means that people subject to the requirement will have to visit a Swedish embassy to present their passport in person before the application for a work permit is granted. When applying for an extended work permit, the passport must be presented through a visit to the Swedish Migration Agency.

In order to avoid a greater administrative burden, the visit to the Embassy can be combined with a visit to provide biometric information, i.e. to provide fingerprints and be photographed in order to receive a residence permit card.

The background to the new rules is criticism from the National Audit Office, where the Migration Agency will be responsible to increase control of reviewing passports in connection with an application for work and residence permits.

The new rules will come into effect from November 1, 2022.

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