The AIESEC work permit and foreign skilled workers in Sweden

If you go to Migrationsverket today and investigate how it works for a foreigner to obtain a work permit in Sweden, chances are you’re going to be overwhelmend by the amount of steps necessary to get it done. Here are some of the perils:

  • Advertise job for at least 10 days before issuing an Offer of Employment.
  • Employer has to initiate the process him/herself.
  • Employee receives e-mail and continues process on his/her side.
  • Wait for about 2 months to receive an approval.
  • Risk not having the approval in the end

It can be frustrating for those not familiar with the process, we know. And for that reason, we at AIESEC try to make things easier for Swedish employers. We offer an alternative to the traditional hiring method, which is sanctioned by the Swedish Migration Office itself. You can check the official page about our AIESEC work permit at Migrationsverket right HERE!

With this article, we aim to clarify how the AIESEC work permit works for employees hired through AIESEC and the benefits involved.

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The company partners up with AIESEC and hires a young skilled worker from the AIESEC database. It is also possible to bring an individual hired by the company itself, as long as they are 18 to 30 years of age and have access to an AIESEC Local Chapter in their country and accept to participate in our leadership development programme.

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AIESEC collects and submits the following documents directly at the Migrationsverket website. The submission of the application takes less than a week.
AIESEC Blue Man
Invitation Heart
AIESEC Passport
AIESEC Invitation Letter Company Offer of Employment Copy of Applicant’s Passport

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Once the application is done, it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks for a decision to be reached. After that, citizens from some countries might be able to come to Sweden directly and finish the process in the country. Some others will be required to visit the nearest embassy and get their biometrics taken. That usually takes a week.

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After all that, the employee arrives in Sweden and is ready to work! We then offer support with accomodation, first day of work and integration withing the country!

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Frequently Asked Questions

For how long can an intern stay in Sweden?
Usually our partners take interns for 12 to 14 months, but the permit can be extended up to 18 months total.

Can the intern stay forever in my company?
Yes, but not with an AIESEC permit. After the initial 18 months the intern is required to apply for a new permit through the normal process.

Do I have to pay extra Fees?
Yes. AIESEC charges a fee for opening up an opportunity in our system, processing the application and receiving the intern in the country. Of course, our process is much faster and safer than the normal procedure due to our partnership with the Migration’s Office.

With that, we hope to have clarified more about how our internships work. If you’re interested in partnering with to bring skilled workers and develop leadership in youth, then visit our product webpage for more information.

The shortage of skilled workers in Sweden and hiring alternatives

Following recent reports from the Swedish Employment Agency, it has emerged that Sweden has a worrying lack of a skilled workforce. This is particularly evident in sectors such as engineering and ICT/technology; moreover, the population increase brings about similar shortcomings in the health and education sectors. In such fields, foreign professionals tend not to choose Sweden mainly for the complexity of migration regulations and for the growing housing problem, which understandably worsens the country’s appeal in the eyes of non-Swedish talents.

According to experts, the shortage of supply of workers is only going to worsen in the coming years.

The reasons for the mismatch between the supply of graduates and the demand of the Swedish employers are many, and complex to analyze. The substantial growth of IT and tech companies, for instance, paired with the relatively low number of university graduates in computer sciences in Swedish universities, leads to a shortage of supply of workers which is, according to experts, only going to worsen in the coming years. A similar situation takes place in the case of workers in the education sector, where the current workforce is becoming older, and new regulations make it more difficult for younger Swedes to get a foot in the door.

Companies, for instance, will find it increasingly difficult to grow in a competitive market without the right talent for their operations.

A lack of skilled workers is not just a question of numbers. The consequences of this shortage of skilled labor are indeed far bleaker than it might appear at first. Companies, for instance, will find it increasingly difficult to grow in a competitive market without the right talent for their operations. Even though the Swedish economy is in a generally good condition, this degree of labor market stress is likely to curb growth in the medium term, if strong commitments to find solutions are not made. The obvious answer to this problem would be to hire professionals from abroad. However, strict immigration laws that de facto hinder, or even impede, the entrance and permanence of skilled workers in Sweden, as well as an intricate bureaucracy that makes it harder for employers to take steps in the right direction, frustrate attempts to hire skilled foreign workers.

It is precisely here that AIESEC’s vision comes into play. Despite the alarming situation of the Swedish lack of skilled workers, AIESEC manages to fulfill its promise to connect the world by helping companies overcome many of the problems they face while looking for talents from abroad. Interns coming to Sweden through AIESEC are indeed entitled to a work permit that is considerably easier to obtain. Most importantly, AIESEC promises to take care of all the paperwork and visa applications on behalf of the company – and delivers. The global reach and the wide scope in professional backgrounds available to AIESEC and its customers are further choices to entrust the largest student run organization in the world with the matching between your company and the best possible candidate – wherever they come from.

AIESEC Hire from Abroad Page

 

References:

The Local

Sveriges Radio

Skills Panorama