IN NUMBERS: How hard is it to get Sweden's new 'talent visa'?

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IN NUMBERS: How hard is it to get Sweden's new 'talent visa'?
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It's now more than six months since Sweden brought in its new resi­dence permit for "highly quali­fied persons to look for work or start a busi­ness", so how popular has it been and how hard is it to get?


Looking at the statistics, it appears that the answer is "quite hard". 

Firstly, the Swedish Migration Agency seems to taking its time to process applications. Of the 2,255 applications for a talent visa in 2022, only 445 had received a decision at the time this article was published. 

Secondly, only about 10 percent of applications appear to be successful. 

Of the 445 cases in 2022 which have received a decision, only 48 were granted residency, and of the 121 cases completed so far in 2023, only one extra applicant received residency. 


This may of course reflect the quality of applications rather than the strictness of the agency. For example, people who are not able to get a work or residence permit on other grounds could have attempted to get a permit via the 'talent visa' route despite not having the required high level of education. 

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For a degree to count as advanced level, it must correspond to a 60-credit Master’s degree, a 120-credit Master's degree, a professional degree worth 60-330 credits, or a postgraduate/PhD-level degree. 


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