Annual General Meeting 2018

Dear Members,

Our annual general meeting will be held on December 16, 2018. A agenda of the meeting will be sent to your mail. Information about meeting place and time will be published by next week.


Tawhid Amanullah

President/ WPHA

Stockholm and the Battle for Global Talent

Special thanks to The Local, Crimson Clark and UMA Kungsbron for inviting us to join their event  “Stockholm and the Battle for Global Talent”.  The mingle in the event was a great platform for sharing experiences. We hope that this kind of event will open door for the global talents to contribute in Swedish economy. We are glad to the following people that they cordially talked to us and we wish to continue our dialogue with them in future.

Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm

Ahmed Abdirahman, Policy expert on integration, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and Founder of Järvaveckan, and The Gloval Village

Johanna Jönsson, Member of Parliament and spokesperson for migration for the Centre party

Fredrik von Essen, Public affairs expert at IT&Telekomföretagen

We also cordially thanks to UMA Kungsbron for the gift of letting us to use their workspace free of cost untill April 2019.

Tawhid Amanullah (President/WPHA) and Rafiqul Islam (General Secretary/WPHA) represented the association in the meeting.

Tawhid Amanullah, Rafiqul Islam, and Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm
Tawhid Amanullah and Fredrik von Essen, Public affairs expert at IT&Telekomföretagen
Tawhid Amanullah and Ahmed Abdirahman, Policy expert on integration, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and Founder of Järvaveckan, and The Gloval Village
Tawhid Amanullah, Rafiqul Islam, Hanan Touma (Community Manager, UMA Kungsbron), and James Savage (CEO & Publisher, The Local.)
Johanna Jönsson (Member of Parliament and spokesperson for migration for the Centre party), James Savage (CEO & Publisher, The Local) Anna König Jerlmyr (Mayor of Stockholm), Elizabeth Walentin (CEO, Crimson Clark), Ahmed Abdirahman (Policy expert on integration, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and Founder of Järvaveckan, and The Gloval Village), Fredrik von Essen (Public affairs expert at IT&Telekomföretagen)

Important checklist

Dear members,

Here is a basic but important checklist which you should follow while you are thinking about to apply for your work permit or work permit extension.


You should be offered a salary in accordance with the Swedish Collective agreements or in line with the occupation or industrial practice.  It is also important that you should have salary increment every year. Please communicate with your  relevant labor union to know more about it.


The migrations agency requires that your employer must assure you following insurances:

  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Occupational Injury Insurance
  • Occupational Pension Insurance

It is important that the insurance must starts from the day you begin your work.


You should have right to have 25 days paid vacation every year. However, it is also important that you must take your vacation every year (At least 20 days. You can save rest of the 5 days to use in your next year).We have experienced last year that in some cases vacation payment was provided every month with the salary (the term used as “semester ersättning / vacation compensation”). This practice is incorrect. If you still have this issue, please inform your employer for correction.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any kind of assistant.





WPHA Almedalen 2018 Report

Since 2016, WPHA has been working to involve and inform businesses, government agencies, work permit holders, media and other non-profit organizations to address the unfair deportation of foreign workers. The WPHA, participated in Almedalen Week 2018 and to represent foreign workers and employers’ perspectives to the attention of the public and policy makers.

Continue reading “WPHA Almedalen 2018 Report”

Invitation to participate in the dialogue

WPHA is always open to integrate all interested group in the dialogue. As a part of it Diversify Foundation showed its interest to have a survey from both employees and employers perspective. WPHA thinks that the result of the survey will help other stakeholders to understand the subject in detail. Please check the following link for more information about the survey and Diversify Foundation.

Det finns många Ali Omumi som är ledsna för att de inte förväntade sig denna orättvisa.

För några år sedan när vi kom hit såg vi en rak väg att komma framåt. Vi trodde att det var ett bra beslut att investera vårt bästa i Sverige. Vi arbetade hårt och följde övningen som andra gör. System gav oss aldrig någon separat och speciell guidelinje som vi kunde följa. Idag har systemet förändrats och sätter allt ansvar på oss. Vi kan starkt säga att om det var vårt ansvar var det lättare att följa exakt. På en punkt säger systemet att arbetsgivarna misslyckades med att följa regelverket och på andra sidan straffar systemet arbetarna. Är det inte roligt och orättvist? Är det inte sant att de misstag de nekar att godkänna idag, i går hade de godkänt dem? Vi är inte säkra på vem som ska vara ledsen. Är det systemet som är rädd för att ta ansvar? Eller är det vi som ångrar sig för att fatta ett felaktigt beslut? En sak är vi säkra på att vi inte är ledsna för att förlora möjligheten att stanna här. Vi beklagar att systemet förnekar oss för att ge rättvisa. Vi är ledsna för att systemet gav oss straff även om de vet att någon annan gjorde misstaget eller felet. Det finns många Ali Omumi som är ledsna för att de inte förväntade sig denna orättvisa.


Vi kommer inte sluta förrän problemet är löst.

Problemet är inte så svårt att det inte kan lösas. Behöver bara politiskt god vilja. Att skylla på arbetare och utvisa dem tydligen är inte det enda sättet att kontrollera systemet. Om vi hade en ordentlig auktoritet för att se våra problem skulle dagens situation inte visas. På uppdrag av utländska arbetstagare uppdaterade WPHA-regeringen olika gånger. Tyvärr har vi fortfarande ingen lösning. Hur kan de överge oss? Hur kan de neka våra bidrag? Alla intressenter är inblandade i dagens problem och därmed skyller utländska arbetstagare och utvisar dem är orättvisa. Vi kommer inte sluta förrän problemet är löst.…/ali-litet-misstag-tvingar-mig-……/swedish-mp-takes-work-permit-reje…

Almedalen Week 2018

Dear Members,

We are happy to inform you that we got approval to participate in the Almedalen Week 2018. Almedan Week is the biggest and most important event in Sweden for political and socioeconomic issues. Although the parliamentary political parties are the main attraction of the event, you will get the opportunities to participate in different discussion and seminars. This important for us because this is the only place where we can explain our issues and demand for justice to the right people on spot. We will campaign there during the whole week, July 2 – July 6, 2018. During the campaign we will arrange some seminars on WPHA booth. Through our seminars and participation in other forums we will try to achieve the following goals:

  1. Raise members voice and problems to the authority.
  2. We will highlight that foreign workers are facing discrimination by the system.
  3. The political leaders and other important stakeholders should know that unclear law and unfair system cannot be justified to deport us.
  4. We will defend propaganda against foreign workers that we are threat to the local labour, illegal competition, taking social benefits and some more related to the issues.
  5. We will demonstrate how and how much foreign workers are participating in the economy of Sweden.
  6. We will relay picture that deporting foreign workers is against universal labour convention and Justice.

WPHA is working hard to ensure that migrant workers’ voice is heard. We should hold each other’s hands and support WPHA for the success:

Work Permit Holders Association

Bankgiro: ‎‎5159-4737

Swish: ‎‎1230077925



Rafiqul Islam

General Secretary/ WPHA


WPHA is working hard to ensure that migrant workers’ voice is heard.

Since October 2017 the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce awards the Boosting the Capital Prize to the people who in some way have made the capital region better. The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce works to strengthen of capital region’s attractiveness and competitiveness. On 27th April 2018 Stockholm Chamber of commerce awarded “WPHA” as the Boosting the Capital-prize for its hard work and promoting migrant workers’ rights. WPHA is working hard to ensure that migrant workers’ voice is heard. On behalf of WPHA, Tawhid Amanullah and Rafiqul Islam had received the award.

“The current momentum toward a fairer system would not exist without WPHA”- Maria Rankka, VD, Chamber of Commerce.

The dynamic of WPHA is to represent foreign workers of different profession in Sweden. These people have direct and indirect contribution for boosting the capital and other cities in Sweden. We are thankful to the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce for understanding to our perspectives and giving us recognition for our work.

We know that still many of us going through uncertainty. Our contributions are still ignored for the reasons which we are not responsible for. We will continue our work until our voice is heard for justice.…/boosting-the-capital-vinnarna-gor-…

Photo presents:
Batuhan Kutlu, Researcher , Stockholms Chamber of Commerce.

Christopher Marton, Researcher, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Tawhid Amanullah, President, WPHA

Rafiqul Islam, General Secretary, WPHA

Calls for donation

Dear members,
From the beginning till today we are trying our best to address the issue with proper information and understanding. As a part of it, we are continuously communicating with all kind of stakeholders and visiting different cities across the country. You will be happy to know that this year we are going to participate in Almedanvecka 2018 in Gottland as we did last year. This year we are also going to take a project regarding foreign workers’ integration in Swedish society and economy. Without your courageous support we would never be able to continue our journey. WPHA has still a lot to do for the betterment of all kind of foreign workers who are continuously investing their best in this economy. Our individual contribution can be small but it can be big when you see it collectively. Your can support through both our Bankgiro and Swish.
Work Permit Holders Association
Bankgiro: 5159-4737
Swish: 1230077925
Thanks a lot