Non-EU and EEA (European Union and European Economic Area) citizens seeking to set up a business in Sweden as self-employed do not require a work permit but must submit an application, Application for Swedish residence permit for self-employed persons, at least 90 days prior to arrival.
Certain documentation regarding the proposed business must be supplied with the residence permit application:
- A commercial evaluation to confirm that the business plans are realistic,
- A detailed business plan,
- Evidence of capital required to set up or purchase a company,
- Proof that the applicant can support him/herself and family for at least a year in Sweden, and,
- If acquiring an existing company, the two most recent annual reports of the company must be submitted.
Residence permits are granted for one year at a time for a period of two years. After that, the Swedish Migration Board can grant a permanent residence permit – provided that the business performs according to plan.
The Swedish Migration Board has more information on setting up and registering as self employed in Sweden, as well as information about permits for people visiting and settling in Sweden. Read more »
Source: Business Sweden