Last year, the council validated over 20 per cent more foreign credentials, compared to the year before. These figures concern degrees and diplomas for jobs that do not require a license, like for example engineers, architects and lawyers. Professions like doctors, nurses and teachers apply to other agencies.
More applications are driving the increase, and not necessarily that the council has decreased wait times, Lars Petersson, head of department at the council, told Radio Sweden.
At the moment, it takes the agency up to five months to process an application regarding a university degree, he said. The aim is to get it down to three months.