By Peregrine

The Swedish Migration Agency has announced that it plans to implement 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” from 1 March 2018, including an online application procedure.

ICT Permit

The new intra-corporate transfer (ICT) work and residence permit will be available to third-country nationals transferred to work in Sweden within the same group of companies, as managers, specialists and trainees.

Intra-EU Mobility

A holder of an ICT permit issued in Sweden will be able to work in another EU member state for a company of the same group, for stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period, without a separate work permit, although the host country may require a notification. For stays of more than 90 days, a “mobile ICT permit” for that country may be required.

A holder of an EU ICT permit issued in another EU member state can work at a company of the same group in Sweden for up to 90 days without obtaining a separate permit. For assignments of more than 90 days in Sweden, a holder of an EU ICT permit issued in another EU member state can apply for a work and residence permit for long-term mobility.

Background

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.

Please see our previous alerts on the transposition of the EU ICT Directive in CyprusAustriaPortugalLithuaniaCroatiaGermanyCzech RepublicSlovakiaItalyNetherlandsBulgaria and Spain.

Action Items

  • Employers intending to transfer third-country nationals to Sweden from outside the EU within the same group of companies after 1 March 2018 should consult an immigration expert to confirm the latest details of the new ICT permit.