Asking the right questions
Starting out in Sweden

A list of questions you should take with you when you go to Migrationsverkets, Skatteverket, Försäkringskassan and Arbetesförmedlingen.

A list of questions you can ask each Swedish agency when you begin your “starting out in Sweden” journey.

Migrationsverket (the immigration agency)

  • Do I need a visa to move to Sweden?
  • I am an EU citizen, do I need to apply for permanent residency?
  • What is a Permanent Resident Card?
  • How will having permanent residency affect my status in the UK?
  • Will having permanent residency affect my ability to travel outside of the EU?

Skatteverket (the tax and civic registration agency)

  • How long will it take for me to receive my personnummer.
  • Why do my children need a personnummer if they are not paying tax?
  • How long will it take for me to receive my ID card?
  • How do I find out how much I will be taxed?
  • How do I file my income tax return form?
  • How do I get help calculating my own tax forms?
  • What is ROT and RUT work and how can I get a tax reduction?

Försäkringskassan (the social welfare agency)

  • Am I registered as living in Sweden?
  • Do I still need my EU health insurance card?
  • If I have just moved to Sweden and my personnummer hasn’t been sent to me, how do I access healthcare?
  • Can I apply for any form of social insurance? (because, believe it or not, you are entitled to help especially if you have registered as being a job-seeker)
  • How do I apply for social insurance, especially parental leave social insurance?
  • What is the difference between child support and parental leave payments?
  • Am I entitled to receive child support (barnbidrag) on a monthly basis?
  • Can I apply for social insurance online or do I have to make an appointment every time I want to apply for more?
  • If my spouse becomes sick and can no longer work to support us, what should we do?

Arbetesförmedlingen (the national employment agency)

  • (EU only) I was unemployed and registered with my home-countries employment agency, can I transfer my status to Arbetesförmedlingen.
  • I have an idea for starting my own business, can Arbetesförmedlingen help me?
  • How do I access free Swedish lessons?


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