A third of permits issued in Sweden in September were for work purposes, data shows

A total of 3,141 permits were issued for work purposes by the Swedish immigration authorities, representing a third or 35% of all permits issued in September.

According to the Swedish Migration Agency, after work permits, the second most approved permit applications were those for asylum, including applicants under the Temporary Protection Directive, which include Ukrainian nationals, SchengenVisaInfo reports. .com.

A total of 2,554 permits were issued for asylum, followed by family reunification (2,025), EU/EES (690), study (450) and obstacles to enforcement (80). This represents a total of 8,940 residence permits issued for this month, or 7.6% of the total permits issued so far this year, which reached 117,607.

Reasons for issuing residence permits in previous months were slightly different, with the majority being issued for asylum purposes (2,938), which is also the highest number of permits issued so far. now in 2021 – a total of 50,285.

Additionally, work permits are the second most issued permits for the year with a total of 31,506 of them issued, followed by family reunification (17,223), study (12,325), EU/EES (5,709) and obstacles to enforcement (559).

The number of permits issued for study purposes is also quite high in Sweden, as more and more international students choose the Scandinavian country as their destination of choice for their university career.

Also, Sweden allows students to work as many hours as they want, as long as they have a valid student visa, but a working student must devote at least 40 hours per week to their studies.

“After graduating, you can apply to extend your residence permit for another 12 months. During this time, you can search for jobs or start a business. And when you have found a job, you can apply for a work permit,” the official website of the University of Gothenburg reads.

Having a part-time job could help students support themselves financially, but another main source of income is recommended, as the average payment for part-time jobs is between €730 and €913, of which around €180 is for Taxes.

This is all the more necessary as the country’s students are currently facing a housing shortage. A report by the Swedish National Union of Students (SFS) revealed that there are only a few areas that have adequate accommodation alternatives for students.

SFS has divided the zones according to a color-coded system, with red zones being those that students must wait an entire semester before they can find accommodation; yellow areas include cities that can offer student housing within a semester, while green areas have housing options that can be taken within a month.

About 61% of students live in red zones, while 23.6% are located in green zones and 14.8% in yellow zones.

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