Can you be granted a temporary work permit?


You can be granted a temporary work permit while you are an asylum seeker if

  • you have had your asylum interview (or you are from Syria, Ukraine or Uyghur from China), and
  • you have a valid passport, and
  • you have not received an answer to your application for protection.

You cannot be granted a temporary work permit while you are an asylum seeker if

  • you have not had your asylum interview (and are not from Syria, Ukraine or Uyghur from China), or
  • you do not have a valid passport, or 
  • you are to be sent to another European country (you are a 'Dubliner'), or
  • you have received a rejection of your application for asylum. 

How to apply

  • You apply by filling in Form for asylum seekers who would like a work permit (pdf, 620 kB).
  • You send this form by mail to the police in the place where you live. You must not send the application to UDI.
  • If you have not already handed in your passport to the police, you must attach a copy of your passport to the application.
  • You do not have to pay a fee for applying.
  • The police will contact you to make an appointment for a meeting with the police. If you have not already handed in your passport to the police, you must bring the original passport to this appointment.