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Job offer in Sweden but based in UK

Visa info/advice

pda
post 7.Jan.2021, 09:13 PM
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Hello,

This is my first post and I do apologise if similar questions have been answered. Also I'm very aware that 7 days after the end of the UK's transition out of the EU is a difficult time to be asking for help on visas as there isn't a lot of experience yet!

I am applying for a job at a Swedish company (which does not have a branch in the UK). If they offer me a job, I'll be based remotely in the UK but probably on a Swedish employment contract. I will need to travel frequently to Sweden, but not more than half the year (I'm assuming once or twice a month).

My first question is: if I don't intend to live in Sweden, or become a resident, do I need a work permit (as a non-EU person travelling to Sweden for work)? Or can I enter the country for business travel, as long as I stay less than 90 days?

(It appears that the rules do not really envision 'work' for a Swedish company taking place outside the country most of the time!)

Secondly: if I do need to apply for a work permit, on the assumption that the company wants me and is happy to sponsor me, how long do these normally take for non-EU people? (EDIT: employer is not certified, I don't think)

(note that my position is not on the high-demand list but is one that requires a degree and industry experience)

Finally: Does anyone have experience of receiving Swedish specific employment benefits (healthcare etc) when living in a different country, and how that works?

Many thanks for any help or advice, it is much appreciated.
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Mib
post 8.Jan.2021, 12:28 AM
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TheExpatEagle
post 8.Jan.2021, 08:55 PM
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If you are employed in Sweden then you will need a work permit/visa irrespective of if you live in the UK or Sweden because you are taking a job from someone living in Sweden.

I assume you will be paid in Sweden as the company has no presence in the UK? Therefore you will be paying Swedish tax. You will then have to pay UK tax as well as you are receiving an income while living in the UK.

The EU rules about not being taxed twice no longer apply. Ask Americans who have to pay double income tax.

To add to that you can't transfer large sums of money between the EU and a non-EU country without attracting the attention of the customs and excise people. This is to combat illegal activities such as terrorism so if you are paid in Sweden you might have problems/fees transferring money to your UK account.

However, by the same token last year Sweden introduced laws for people employed in other countries but working here (builders, fruit pickers, etc.) to pay Swedish income tax.

However, I am happy to be corrected.

We're basically back in the situation we were in before the Masstrict Treaty came into force in the mid-1990s.
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Case officer
post 9.Jan.2021, 12:09 PM
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TheExpatEagle
post 9.Jan.2021, 02:19 PM
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pda
post 10.Jan.2021, 03:29 PM
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Thanks for all the advice so far.

With regard to:
QUOTE (TheExpatEagle @ 8.Jan.2021, 07:55 PM) *
The EU rules about not being taxed twice no longer apply. Ask Americans who have to pay double income tax.


Is this certainly the case? Have others been negatively affected by the end of the transition period? I had researched and thought that the double taxation treaty between UK and Sweden remained, as it was bilateral and not dependent on EU rules applying.

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*Guest*
post 10.Jan.2021, 04:53 PM
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QUOTE (pda @ 10.Jan.2021, 03:29 PM) *
Thanks for all the advice so far. With regard to:Is this certainly the case? Have others been negatively affected by the end of the transition period? I had researched and tho ... (show full quote)

From my understanding those agreements remain, as they aren't in place because of eu treaties, the same with reciprocal medical care, probably pensions too, these are things which each country retains it's sovereign right to manage independently. (Despite the UK leaving to become sovereign, which it already was). That doesn't mean they won't change in the future.

There was a recent radio 4 money box programme on financial changes because of brexit. It might be of interest to you.
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Martin565
post 10.Jan.2021, 05:45 PM
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QUOTE (Skogsbo1 @ 10.Jan.2021, 04:53 PM) *
From my understanding those agreements remain, as they aren't in place because of eu treaties, the same with reciprocal medical care, probably pensions too, these are thin ... (show full quote)


Time to let go now
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TheExpatEagle
post 10.Jan.2021, 09:41 PM
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