Working during the asylum application period

Last updated: 22 3 2018

In order to be allowed to work in Sweden you need to have a work permit. As an asylum seeker you can have an AT-UND (a document proving that you don’t need a work permit to work in Sweden) instead.

The Migration Agency may grant you an AT-UND if you:

  • Can present an acceptable identity document or prove your identity in some other way.
  • Have applied for asylum in Sweden.
  • Have not applied for asylum previously and had your application refused.

If you meet these requirements you will be issued an Asylum seeker card (LMA-kort) which states that you have been granted AT-UND.

Paying tax when you work

You have to pay tax on your salary when you have a job. Your employer also has to pay social insurance contributions.

These are legal obligations, and they make your employment official, which has many advantages for you, including:

  • You get an official contract, or a verification of employment.
  • You can get references for future jobs.
  • You get the right to paid holidays.
  • You get the right to paid parental leave.
  • You get insurance.
  • You accumulate retirement points.
  • You get paid if you are off sick.
  • You get paid if you have to stay at home to look after a sick child.

If you work without paying taxes, you get none of these advantages. You are also breaking the law, and risk being sentenced to up to two years in prison.