The AIESEC work permit to Sweden

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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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Long-lasting partnership with Electrolux

One of the main goals of AIESEC is to develop and provide leaders to the world. For many years now, AIESEC has been working with many businesses and corporations in order to achieve this goal. One of these corporations is Electrolux. Take a look in the video below to check what they have to say about us:

As with Electrolux, AIESEC in Sweden seeks to bring open-minded professionals to work and make a positive impact in Swedish companies. If you’d like to know more about our opportunities or how we work, take a look at our webpage for companies or access our opportunities portal directly.Check below to know more about the AIESECers who work for Electrolux:

Natalia Farfan

Natalia is from Bogota, Colombia, where she studied International Business Administration. She was part of AIESEC Uninorte and AIESEC en Colombia for four years and then became Business Development Manager for AIESEC International. Currently she is working as Talent & Performance Coordinator at Electrolux HQ.

“Electrolux values AIESEC talent and understands its potential” – Natalia.

Ivan Sánchez Enrique

Ivan is currently Project Coordinator for Visual Communication at Electrolux HQ. Born and raised in Barcelona, Ivan did his Bachelors in International Business Economics in Pompeu Fabra University. He contributed to AIESEC as an active member for four years including the role of President of AIESEC in Spain.

Himanshu Arora

Himanshu Arora is from Chandigarh, India, and has studied Industrial Engineering and Management. After finishing his internship at NTUH in Taiwan, he currently works as Sales and Operations Analyst within Small Appliances at Electrolux HQ in Stockholm.

Interested in having people like this working in your company? Access our opportunities portal or webpage for companies.

Creativity and Innovation in Business

Have you ever thought about how you could develop innovation and creativity in your company? These are the types of questions we ask at AIESEC. Today, there are many reasons to foster innovation and creativity in the workplace i.e. the fierce competition that can come from anywhere in the world and the fact that markets often go through crises that are totally outside of our control. Leaders in organizations have a crucial role in developing creative thinking among the employees. In this post, we’ve gathered some ideas for understanding this topic.First, we need to understand the difference between creativity and innovation. The following definitions were extracted from this article at Business Insider:Creativity is about unleashing the potential of the mind to conceive new ideas. Those concepts could manifest themselves in any number of ways, but most often, they become something we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. However, creative ideas can also be thought experiments within one person’s mind.

Innovation, on the other hand, is completely measurable. Innovation is about introducing change into relatively stable systems. It’s also concerned with the work required to make an idea viable. By identifying an unrecognised and unmet need, an organisation can use innovation to apply its creative resources to design an appropriate solution and reap a return on its investment.

Creativity and Innovation aren’t the same, but they walk hand in hand in prospering businesses. But then comes the question, what can we do to be more creative in our daily lives? The video below by Kirby Ferguson explains the idea of creative thinking by “Copying, Tranforming and Combining” ideas, which have been firstly introduced in his series, Everything is a Remix.

In summary, everyone is equally creative in their own way. But in order to foster creativity, we should create the right limitations/boundaries that would guide our thinking. Once we understand what the boundaries are, we should investigate, read, write and watch as much as we can about the topic. After doing that, we should just stop thinking about it and let our subcounscious mind do the rest. In his original “Everything is a Remix” series, Kirby argues that there is no such thing as true originality anymore. Most of the new stuff we see are just combinations of other ideas and concepts that have been around for some time in different fields of study. Therefore, we could say that creativity stems from thinking with the right limitations and also combining different experiences and pieces of knowledge from different places to create something “totally” new. The following TEDx video corroborates the theory of defining the right boundaries at the beginning of the creative process.

In order for an employee to be creative, he/she must feel the liberty to do so. The leadership has to incentivize them to think from different perspectives and use different life experiences to come up with new solutions. A leader who is authoritarian and closed to input can block this kind of creative thinking. It is also very crucial to note that team work is much more preferred to reach innovative solutions, since the experiences of the members could vastly contribute in combining ideas. The right facilitation can produce wonders in brainstorming sessions. No ideas should be discarded, they should be analyzed and combined with other ideas for producing innovative solutions.

It could be a little difficult for employees to adapt to this kind of work routine if they are not used to it, but the more they put their minds into creating solutions that are totally out of the box, the more they will get used to it and the more they will perform. They might even come up with ideas without you having to ask for it.

Why don’t you give it a try? In AIESEC, we provide companies with young talent who are creative and willing to cause a positive impact in the workplace. Access our international platform and find out for yourself or access our companies website for more information.

UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

AIESEC Participates at UN ECOSOC Forum on Youth

This generation of young people – the largest the world has ever seen – has a historic opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change, create jobs and fight injustice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in New York this morning as he called on the participants to get involved in shaping a future sustainable development agenda.

Today, there are 1.8 billion young people, representing one quarter of the world’s population. Many struggle to find work, and are often hit hardest in conflict. The Secretary-General says that it is time now to see this huge cohort as a force of change that harbours the ingenuity and creativity to help solve the world’s most daunting challenges.

The event started with a keynote address urging an uptick in investment for children around the world, children’s activist and 2007 International Children’s Peace Prize Winner, Thandiwe Chama, called on delegates to be “on the right side of history” and place “our rights, the rights of children and youth, at the heart of the SDG agenda.”

“There’s no doubt that young people are facing multiple challenges to meet their potential but they are not giving up,” emphasized Youth Envoy Mr. Alhendawi.

“Everywhere I go, I see how the youth want to be connected to the United Nations; they will not miss any opportunity to volunteer and to advocate. They will participate at the Model UN just to simulate what’s happening in the rooms with delegates. Today we are not simulating. This is the United Nations in action.”

As the UN representative on all things relating to young people, Mr. Alhendawi said that a “sense of ownership” is critical to the success of the future sustainable development agenda. The 1.8 billion young people worldwide are ready to “carry their share” of the post-2015 development.

AIESEC representatives Karolina Piotrowska and Tala Mansi are present at the forum to voice our opinions in the role of Youth in light of the upcoming launch of the UN SDG’s.

AIESEC Karolina Piotrowska

Karolina Piotrowska representing the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations

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Tala Mansi from AIESEC speaking about Youth at the forum

Tala Mansi spoke on the panel voicing “the importance of youth development, bridging the gap between employment and education, and creating individual commitment and awareness of SDG’s from the bottom up.”

The engagement of young people is key to ensuring the successes of the SDG’s as young people will be the ones implementing these large global initiatives. AIESEC has engaged tens of thousands of young people in voicing up their opinions via the YouthSpeak survey where it captures their opinions on the challenges they face in reaching their fullest potential.

We further encourage young people to take ownership of the issues they care about and not sit still waiting for change to come. As we firmly believe that the world needs new leaders and our generation are the ones who need to step up, have courage and stand up for what matters to us.

The world needs your leadership and it’s your time to step up and take responsibility. When was the last time you spoke up about issues that mattered to you?

You can learn more about the ECOSOC Youth forum here.



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Living Diversity for World Peace

The World’s Very Real Need for Cultural Understanding

AIESEC emerged from a period in time when cultural understanding was at an all-time low. In the years following the Second World War, the whole of the European continent was ravaged to the ground. Each nation was coping with its own grave losses, and between all countries there was tremendous disconnect. Not only was there pressure to educate and create individuals capable of rebuilding their countries, there was also the very real need to repair damaged European relations.

Looking at the world today, one can’t help but notice striking similarities. Devastation, turmoil, anger, despair—none of these are strangers to us, even though it has been seventy years since the end of what is dubbed the deadliest conflict in human history.

Furthermore, what the world suffers from today is not the disconnection within a continent, but rather, the tensions within an entire planet. We suffer today from disconnect between continents, between nations, within countries, within communities. We are suffering from differences in ideology, in religion, and in culture. And it is becoming abundantly clear that such differences can have fatal consequences.

“Solidarity” (Source: ABC News)

In the first week of January, the world was deeply shaken by the Charlie Hebdo shooting that occurred in Paris—an event that has resulted in global repercussions for numerous other nations. It has also drawn attention to a number of ongoing conflicts throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

In the days that followed, the world saw two categories of reactions: outbreaks of conflict and marches of solidarity.

In the week that followed the shootings, fifty-four anti-Muslim attacks were reported in France. Conflicts escalated in reaction to Charlie Hebdo’s resumed publication with the controversial cover—in Niger, violent protests resulted in the deaths of ten people, with dozens injured, and a number of churches burned. Similar protests also occurred in Pakistan and Algeria.

Stop Charlie Niger


Meanwhile, over 100,000 people in France took to the streets for candlelit vigils in demonstrations of solidarity. The slogan, “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie in French), became simultaneously an endorsement from freedom of speech and a way to honour the victims of the shooting. Similar vigils took place all over the globe in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, to name a few. In what officials called the largest public rally in France since World War II, up to two million people marched in a ‘unity rally’, joined by more than 40 world leaders.

Two weeks ago, a youth was stabbed to death in Dresden, Germany—a city that has been the hotbed for anti-immigrant and ‘anti-Islamisation’ movements by the organization PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, in German). This, in turn, has resulted in numerous counter-demonstrations across the country against racism, calling for cultural acceptance and tolerance.

Dresden Germany Marches


Looking at these stories, a ripple effect becomes clear—the current issues now are either recurring or ongoing reactions to other issues. The stories become convoluted into an overarching narrative of conflict. We must understand, however, that intolerance is equivalent to blindness. With cultural tensions on the rise, how are we to reconcile our differences?

What would the world be like if instead of differences, we choose to see similarities? Like the unity rally, which brought masses of people and a multitude of nations together—for the first time since the Second World War!—what would the world be like if we reveled in diversity, instead of seeking to destroy it?

We return again to the original mission of AIESEC: “to expand the understanding of a nation by expanding the understanding of the individuals, changing the world one person at a time”. As stated in our “Why We Do What We Do” video, “When you see the world, you can begin to understand it. And when we understand it, we can begin to change it.”

It’s a big world out there, made up of many, many individuals—7 billion of them, to be exact. Here in AIESEC, one of our six core values is Living Diversity. We believe that everyone, because of their own culture and place in life, has something valuable to offer, and we seek to encourage the contribution of each individual.

Each and every one of us has a choice every day—will you choose peace?

Happy Holidays AIESEC

Happy Holidays

Give the gift of gratitude

Did you know? Giving gratitude and happiness is linked. Give thanks and warm wishes to those who have helped empower you to become the person you are today. It is in these special moments of peace and warmth where we can find joy and rekindled bonds that fuel us for the coming new year.

To start it off, we give our sincerest thanks to all of our tens of thousands of volunteers, employees, alumni and partners who enable us to create our impact on the lives of so many young people around the world. AIESEC is driven by passionate people who believe in making the world a more peaceful place and we couldn’t do any of this without you.

Send your appreciation to loved ones and make their day even brighter. We’ve left you a video on the science of happiness that brings a heart-touching message, prepare to tear up!

Happy holidays from AIESEC.

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TEDx talks that inspire a different perspective on World Peace

We live in a world where seemingly small things like intolerance and misunderstanding of people’s differences have caused large-scale conflict, destruction and even wars. World peace can seem like an impossible thing, but we at AIESEC interpret it a little differently. ‘Peace’ should not be interpreted necessarily as absence of a major war. ‘Peace’ symbolizes a world that does not have conflicts that arise from cultural, religious, or other aspects of differences in humanity.

In short, we need to learn how to respect and understand these differences as human beings.

We’ve pulled together a series of TED talks for you listen and watch to inspire new ways of thinking on the roadmap to peace.

In the Road to Peace playlist on TED, “these speakers offer inspired ideas, practical advice and real-world examples from around the globe of how it just might be attainable.”

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 1997 for her work toward the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines advocates for society to have a more realistic vision of world peace. The talk focuses on rethinking world peace to human security, and enabling people to live dignified lives. Watch it here

Scilia Elworthy a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Oxford Research Group that seeks to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, talks about how to deal with extreme violence without using force in return. Exploring the themes of how to overcome bullies ranging from countries to individuals without any violence in return. Watch it here

Julia Bacha a filmmaker who produced Budhrus discusses the power of attention, and how we often media and audiences pay attention to the violence, but not the non-violent leaders and peacemakers of the Middle East region that may very well bring peace to the region. Bacha advocates for us to pay attention to nonviolence. Watch it here

Progress will come, when all of humanity is awakened, moved to take action and not idly sit by to wait for change. We must be brave, but also patient in seeking cross-cultural understanding amongst people and nations.

What actions will you take to make yourself a better person and be the leader who can help make the world a better place?

One of the best ways to gain a new understanding of the world is to live, volunteer or work abroad. Learn more on how you can get involved in our student programmes that offer global experiences to create positive change in communities and on yourself.

skills of 2020 and changing leadership

The Skills of 2020 and Changing Leadership

The societies we live in today are vastly different from what they were twenty, or even ten, years ago. The pace of the world is increasing exponentially, due to technology and its effects on the daily life of human beings. The most prevalent of these effects is no doubt the capacity for global connection.

TIME Magazine recently published an article with an infographic detailing the projected ten most important work skills required for the workplace in the year 2020 — which alarmingly, is only a little over five years away. Five years might feel a long way away for now, but in today’s fast-paced society, time flies.

2020 skills

Success lies in preparation, and so we must ask ourselves, what does this mean for today’s skills training and how we can keep up for 2020?

What may set the individual or leader apart is the ability to adapt and innovate, a keenness for learning, and zero tolerance for complacency.

There are a number of things expected to change by 2020, including increased longevity (longer life spans), the heightened role that technology and computation will play in our personal and professional lives, and intensified globalization. Simply put, the world is finding ways to do things better and to get more out of it. If we are optimistic, we can expect to live in an “improved” society by 2020.

For leaders, however, it is important to realize that this improvement begins right now at this moment, not five years later. When the skills of 2020 demands people to own a wider sense of social intelligence, computational thinking, cross cultural competency. In addition, it requires leaders to be capable of new media literacy, virtual collaboration, and transdisciplinary work — the learning curve begins now.

Those we deem worthy of leadership are those who are “one step ahead”, and who are “leading the way”. They are the ones who are willing to take risks and able to adapt to change, and in doing so, become role models for those who wish to follow.

Leaders in today’s world must have a solid knowledge of both the past and a future, and secure understanding of where they themselves fit in between or bridge the gap. The world is expanding, and people need to grow along with it — as the world becomes better, so must we.

Here at AIESEC, we also wanted to identify some of the top skills young people were wanting to develop today, and our YouthSpeak survey with 25,000 millennial respondents showed that leadership / team management, new languages, critical thinking and problem solving skills were still the most in-demand to help them get ahead over the next few years.

The skills you need today versus in the future are rapidly changing. Are you prepared for the skills of 2020?

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Top 5 Things Keeping Youth Complacent

Hi, I’m Jessie, and I’m part of the North American millennial generation. And as someone who identifies as part of this generation, I have no problem telling you that I believe complacency runs rampant among North American youth. This is not a particularly new idea; we’ve heard before that millennials are notorious for being narcissistic and lazy, and while studies on millennials in society report mixed results, there is no doubt that we, as a generation, are struggling to find our place in the world.

What is often overlooked here though, is how destructive complacency can be to the individual. To become complacent is to stop growing, and when there is stagnation, there is no progress, and thereby no success. Here are the top 5 things stopping millennials from engaging, and essentially keeping us from reaching our full potential.


Often, entitlement shapes our thinking in way that we don’t even realize. We have grown up as the most privileged youth in the world, and it’s very easy to get stuck thinking we have everything, this is all there is, and that we “deserve” this and that. (Indeed, one of the nicknames for the millennial generation is the “Most Coddled Generation”.)

As North Americans youth who have all been recipients to education, and so on, we all fall prey sometimes to the Western point of view—a worldview that has historically disregards all other cultural thought. This thinking dictates—and dare I say, can cripple—our reactions to other cultures, and limits us from cultural understanding.


Sometimes, youth can’t be bothered about active participation because they do not believe that they can make a difference. They don’t see the value of their individual active engagement. “I’m just one of many”, “Who really cares?” — these thoughts perpetuate a cycle of indifference and inaction.

What’s more, in today’s society, it’s almost cool not to care—or rather, it’s only ‘cool’ to care about certain things. Regardless, this feeling of disillusionment is reflected in the number of youth voters in elections in recent years, which are disappointingly low. Youth need to understand that their age cannot keep them down. They need to be shown, and not just told, their value to society, and be motivated to become worthy of it.


The lack of understanding — true understanding, which requires time and effort on the part of the individual — is perhaps the reason for many problems today. In an era of information, it is just as likely to receive false information as it is true. What’s more, with everyone’s biases, it’s very easy to let someone else make the judgement for you. In doing this, we relinquish the responsibility and thereby the consequences of potentially being wrong.

This ignorance extends itself to all the many ways we interact with society itself. It affects the way we view the world, our willingness to experience it, and also the way we view ourselves. We become less effective as contributors to society when we are unaware of society and our own role within.


The millennial generation grew up hearing about how each of are special and unique, and will go on one day to change the world and whatnot because no one is exactly like us. It’s not a far stretch to see this is not true—at least, not innately. We make ourselves special, and whatever impact we make on the world is a result of us actually consciously demonstrating effort and passion, and working hard at it.

Having been constantly told how unique we are has led us to become more self-centred. We play more value on our own careers than on society, failing to make the realization that both are interconnected. While individuality is by no means inconsequential, millennials need to realize that our individuality both enhances and is enhanced by the society and context we are placed. in.


Millennials have grown up with a society that has become increasingly saturated with technology in all its various forms. What we have not been prepared for, however, is the adverse effect that technology has had on the interactions between people in real life. When online communication takes precedent, it is at the expense of affecting people’s ability to truly connect with someone in person, offline. We lack intention by letting technology do all the talking for us.

Stop and think, who are we, outside of our social media profiles and what we share online? How would people view us, had we not Facebook, or Twitter, or the numerous other social platforms? It is the lack of questioning that leads to things like slacktivism, where we share things not only because we care, but because we want others to know it.

The world has a lot of say about the millennial generation. Our expectations in life are different are those of our parents. We are lazy, passionate, impatient, ambitious, open-minded, and disengaged all at once. Having been told to “follow your dream” has led us to become more lost than ever. Youth engagement in society has been steadily decreasing; North American youth are complacent.

What, then, is the solution?

There is a quote that states: “We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.” Never has that statement been more true than today. In exploring the world, one gains more knowledge of different cultures, and understanding of where they fit in the world. A wider perspective will also let one see the importance and value of things.

What’s more, this “world” doesn’t necessarily mean jumping on a plane and flying all around the globe. It can be a simple as stepping outside of your comfort zone to shake up your own worldview a little bit. It’s important to ask questions, but equally important to go and find out the answers yourself. Being aware is only the first step.