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Moving to Sweden from USA

Moving to Sweden from USA

Citizens from all over the world are welcomed to move to Sweden, there it is no surprise that US citizens are also interested in relocating to this peaceful country. The requirements for those who want to immigrate to Sweden from the UK and the EU are different from those applicable to US and Australian citizens, who are considered third-country inhabitants.

There are several types of visas under which US citizens can relocate to Sweden, among them the most sought ones referring to employment. Below, our immigration lawyer in Sweden presents the main ways in which a US citizen can move to this country.

Visas available for moving to Sweden from USA

There are various types of visas available for US citizens interested in immigration to Sweden, however, the easiest to obtain are the employment and business-related visas under which citizens of this country can live and work in Sweden.

A residence visa for Sweden is valid for 3 years, although it can be extended for a maximum of 5 years. You can apply for permanent residency in Sweden after holding a residence permit for 5 years. You can rely on our immigration consultants for details on the procedure of acquiring both temporary and permanent visas.

The employment permit implies a job offer and a contract provided by a Swedish company that will be used with immigrating to Sweden.

 Quick Facts 
 Visa requirements for US nationals

NO, for short-term visits of less than 90 days

Special conditions applicable (YES/NO)


Visitor visas must be obtained for stays of more than 3 months

Relocation options

Business and employment are the simplest ways of moving to
Sweden from USA
Permanent residence requirments

Living in Sweden sufficiently, leading a quiet life, knowing the country’s culture

Access to investor/citizenship by investment visaYES, it is possible to move to Sweden from USA based on investment
Timeframe for obtaining a residence permit (approx.)

Approx. 4 weeks

Family reunification visa availability (YES/NO)

YES, American citizens can obtain family reunion visas for Sweden

Investment visa requirementsMinimum amount is USD 100,000 (equivalent in Swedish krona)
Permanent residence timeframeAfter 5 years of living in Sweden
Citizenship requirementsAfter 10 years of living here
Possibility to acquire real estate (YES/NO)YES, there are no restrictions on real estate purchases
Sweden-USA double tax treaty (YES/NO)YES
Immigration services (YES/NO)YES, our immigration lawyer in Sweden is at the service of American citizens seeking to relocate here
Post-immigration support (YES/NO)YES, guidance in registering with the local authorities, support in applying for residency renewal and/or citizenship

Business visas are also available for US citizens who can relocate to Sweden and start their companies in which they can be employed. Self-employment can also be considered when moving to Sweden from USA.

There is also the possibility of enrolling with a Swedish university and move here based on a student visa. Following the termination of studies, US citizens have great chances of finding employment with local companies and moving here permanently.

Our immigration lawyers can offer detailed information on all types of visas associated with immigrating to Sweden from the US and other third-party countries.

Steps for immigrating to Sweden from the USA

The immigration procedure when relocating to Sweden from USA will mainly depend on the relocation reason, however, the steps to be completed are usually the same. These imply:

  1. obtain an employment contract or enroll with a Swedish company, respectively accredited university;
  2. get in touch with the Swedish Embassy or one of the consular offices in the United States;
  3. file the documents in accordance with your immigration reason with the Swedish authorities;
  4. find a property to rent or even purchase in a Swedish city and relocate here;
  5. set up a bank account and register with the tax and social security authorities in Sweden.

Our immigration lawyer in Sweden can explain in detail the steps for moving to this country from the USA. We can also offer various tips on the easiest ways of finding housing in Stockholm or other important cities in the country.

Immigration by employment in Sweden from the USA

One of the easiest ways of moving to Sweden from USA is by employment. The work permit can be used for obtaining a temporary residence permit which can later be turned into a permanent residence visa and, if the US citizen wants, he or she can also apply for Swedish citizenship.

The following requirements must be met in order to obtain a Swedish work permit as a US citizen:

  • a valid passport is required upon the time of the application for the employment pass;
  • the work contract must correspond to the Swedish Labor Code and must contain specific provisions in accordance with the industry the US citizen will work in;
  • the salary of the employee must enable him or her to financially support him/herself;
  • the employer must provide health, life, pension and employment insurance.

Generally speaking, the minimum salary that satisfies the financial support of a Swedish citizen is around 13,000 SEK (Swedish krona) or approximately 1,300 US dollars. Find more information in the infographic below:

Our immigration lawyer can offer more information on how to immigrate to Sweden from USA. We can also assist US citizens relocating here to register with the tax authority in Sweden.

How easy is it to find employment in Sweden as an American?

Many people who immigrate to Sweden from USA choose to do that by finding employment. While English is widely spoken here, it is also useful to get acquainted with Swedish, as it will maximize one’s chances of integrating better with the local community.

Here are the main categories of workers acknowledged by the Swedish Employment Act:

  • self-employed persons;
  • agency employees that are hired by outsourcing companies;
  • contractors and sub-contractors;
  • commercial staff.

An important particularity of moving for work in Sweden is that here the law makes no difference between employees and contractors. The relationship between the parties depends on the contract and the job description. Also, working based on a long-term or indefinite labor agreement and having a fixed salary is important when establishing employment conditions.

The working week in Sweden is 40 hours, just like in other countries, however, overtime can also be made. According to the law, overtime cannot exceed 50 hours per month. Another important aspect is that employees are entitled to 25 days of leave per year, out which 20 days can be taken in the summertime (months June to August). Apart from these, Sweden also has 13 national holidays that are free.

When it comes to foreign employees, there are other things to consider, among which:

  • the employer must first advertise the job in Europe for at least 10 days before searching on other continents, so this applies directly to American citizens;
  • the offer made must be a genuine one and must be submitted with the Swedish Migration Agency;
  • American citizens must pay a visa processing fee.

Considering one can immigrate to Sweden from the USA with the family even when coming here based on employment, additional fees must be considered for dependents.

Sweden is home to many international companies, as well as businesses that operate on a smaller scale, however, self-employment is also met here. So, no matter the reason you decide to immigrate to Sweden, you can obtain detailed information on the Employment Law and regulations applicable to foreigners from our local law firm. We remind foreign citizens, no matter if they are US citizens or nationals of other non-EU countries that they need to obtain work permits before moving here.

Intra-company transfers as a way to relocate to Sweden from US

US citizens who work for companies with branches in Sweden can take advantage of the fact that they can get detached here based on intra-company transfers. This is a good option to get to know the business environment and labor market for those who want to establish themselves in this country.

Our immigration law firm in Sweden can help foreign citizens who want to move here from USA or other countries.

How to migrate to Sweden from USA through investment

Just like other countries in Europe, Sweden has enabled an investor visa for those interested in having their own businesses here. There are several requirements to meet in order to qualify as an investor in Sweden and US citizens must be aware of the following:

  • they must be at least 18 years old when they apply for the visa;
  • a clean criminal record is a mandatory condition to obtain such a visa;
  • having good morals that must be documented is also a requirement;
  • business management is one of the requirements for this residence permit.

In terms of investment, at least 100,000 euros or the equivalent in USD is required. This is one of the cheapest ways to immigrate to Europe from USA and Sweden is one of the most appreciated countries on the Old Continent from numerous points of view.

One of the main requirements to enter Sweden under this program is to start a business and a solid plan can help entrepreneurs in this endeavor.

If you are interested in immigrating to Sweden from USA under this option, our lawyers are at your service for assistance in preparing all the necessary paperwork for quick relocation.

Not only will this option enable you to have a stable income, but it will also allow you to enjoy one of the most competitive markets in the world with access to the entire European Union, as Swedish products are very appreciated.

What are the main benefits of migrating to Sweden from USA?

US citizens interested in a tranquil, yet sophisticated lifestyle will find it in Sweden. With stellar healthcare and education systems, Sweden is one of the most appreciated countries in Europe from these points of view.

For example, healthcare is free for most of the population, while mothers and children benefit from excellent care and protection.  In terms of education, it is free for Swedish citizens, hence a good reason to decide to immigrate here from USA for good.

When it comes to employment conditions, these are similar to the ones in the US, as Sweden’s small economy is stable and strong. The salaries are good and match the high quality of life here.

Most foreign citizens who work in Sweden are well anchored in high-paying industries like IT, engineering, business management, science, and construction. Also, most Swedish people speak English which is an advantage for US citizens who will find it easy to communicate.

American citizens who move to Sweden must consider various aspects before the actual relocation. One of the most important related to the living costs that must match their level of income. Compared to the United States, the differences are not that big. Most of the people here rent places to live. Most of the times, 2-bedroom houses can be rented for approximately 3,000 USD in the region of Stockholm. However, outside the central area, it is possible to find lower rents that can go as low as USD 1,000.

When it comes to the best cities to live in, Sweden is very appreciated for the tranquil lifestyle of its inhabitants, which is why no matter where you choose to relocate, you will have the same benefits. Sweden is not known as a cheap country to live in, however, the conditions are excellent.

Another reason to choose to migrate to Sweden from USA is the healthcare system, which is one of the best in the world, as it is funded by the government. This ensures access to a wide variety of services based on a small co-pay from the patient.

If you are considering moving to Sweden as an American, you can obtain further details on your benefits here from our local lawyers. We can also help you register with the authorities, so that you can start enjoying living here as soon as you arrive.

If the information above convinced you to choose and move to Sweden, you can contact our immigration lawyers to start preparing for your relocation here.

The best places to move to Sweden from USA

There are several cities that provide excellent employment and business conditions for US citizens immigrating to Sweden and among them are:

  • Stockholm, which apart from being the country’s capital, is the largest city in the Scandinavian Peninsula;
  • Malmo which is a preferred destination for expats living in Sweden;
  • Gothenburg which is the second-largest Swedish city and one of the greenest regions in the country;
  • Uppsala is renowned for having one of the best universities in the world.

Sweden is proof that small countries have plenty of opportunities for people with different interests.

Moving to Sweden from USA is quite simple thanks to the few requirements and the procedure which is uncomplicated. Our lawyers can guide foreign citizens from all over the world who want to establish themselves in one of the remotest places in the world.

How to obtain citizenship in Sweden as a US citizen

In order to obtain citizenship, a US citizen must first obtain permanent residency. In order to obtain it, a US citizen must have lived in Sweden for at least 5 years. Then, the person can consider applying for Swedish citizenship. In order to become a Swedish citizen, one must prove he has integrated into society.

There are also cases where you can lose your citizenship in Sweden. In this sense, you can apply to keep your status. You must complete this after turning 18 but before turning 22. Our immigration lawyers in Sweden also specialize in cases like this, even if they are not as often met as requests for citizenship.

Sweden is one of the best countries in Northern Europe to move to and relocation is sought by both EU and non-EU citizens, among which there are also US citizens.

Here are some interesting statistics on immigration in Sweden:

  • the total population of Sweden at the level of 2019 was 10, 327 million citizens;
  • in the same years the number of immigrants increased by nearly 116,000;
  • in 2019, the number of emigrants decreased by 47,718 citizens;
  • the largest immigration period in Sweden was in the 1700’ies when many Jews and French citizens came here.

We also invite you to watch a video on this topic:

FAQ on US immigration to Sweden

  1. What is the simplest way of moving to Sweden from USA?

There are several pathways to immigrate to Sweden from USA, business and employment being the most employed. Thanks to the fact visa applications are filed online, the procedure is the same for both options.

  1. Can I move with my family from the US?

Yes, it is possible for US citizens to relocate with their families to Sweden.

  1. How quick will I be granted permission to enter Sweden?

After filing the documents, it can take from few months up to one year to obtain the residence permit.

  1. Are there any difficulties I should be aware of if I want to migrate to Sweden from USA?

You should make sure you have all documents in place in order to avoid the Swedish authorities asking for more papers in order to delay your relocation date. Our lawyers can help in this regard.

For assistance in moving to Sweden from USA, do not hesitate to contact our immigration lawyers. We can handle the entire process for those who want to move to Sweden.