Working while you are seeking asylum

While you are an asylum seeker you may work or prepare yourself in different ways for finding a job.

Can I work while seeking asylum?

Yes, you can work while seeking asylum, but in that case, you must have an LMA card as proof that you are an asylum-seeker in Sweden and show that you do not need a work permit. (LMA is an abbreviation of the Swedish name for the Reception of Asylum Seekers Act.) You can read more about what applies on the websites of the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) and Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

About working while you are seeking asylum (

You must have a coordination number from the Swedish Tax Agency in order to receive a salary and pay tax in Sweden.

Information about coordination number (

Prepare yourself for working in Sweden at is a digital tool where you fill out your previously work experience and what skills and other experience you have. You can fill out the information in your own language. You can then choose to share your skills profile with different employers and then have it translated into Swedish.

Read more about how to use Jobskills to show what you can do and to find a job.

Salary and tax

If you have been receiving money from the Swedish Migration Agency while seeking asylum and you then find a job, you need to inform the Swedish Migration Agency of this. Thus, you cannot work and receive financial allowance at the same time.

Have your education and experience evaluated

If you have access to your certifications and transcripts, it is good to have them on hand at the planning meeting. It is possible to have your transcript translated. We will then evaluate individually whether your educational documents need to be assessed.

Assessment of foreign qualifications – Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet, UHR)