Effective March 1, 2018, Sweden has introduced new work and residence permit rules for intra-corporate transfer (ICT), transposing into national law European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”.

ICT Permit

The new ICT work and residence permit is available to citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland as managers, specialists with suitable professional qualifications, or trainees with a university degree, to enter and remain in Sweden to work for a company that is established in Sweden within the same corporate group as the host company.  For managers and specialist, the ICT permit is issued for a duration of up to twelve months, renewable for twelve months at a time up to a maximum total of three years for managers and specialists. For trainees, the maximum total stay is one year.

Intra-EU Mobility

  • A holder of an EU ICT permit issued in another EU member state can work at a company of the same group in Sweden by applying for an extended stay mobility ICT permit in Sweden.

Directive 2014/66/EU of 15 May 2014 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer” aims to create a consistent EU-wide system for non-EU nationals sent on assignment within a group of companies to EU Member States.

Employers intending to transfer third-country nationals to Sweden from outside the EU within the same group of companies should consult an immigration expert for advice on the application.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.