Residence permit card
When granted a residence permit, you will receive a residence permit card which proves that you have permission to be in Sweden. The card features a microchip that contains your fingerprints and photograph. Always bring your residence permit card in contact with authorities and health care.
Do you have a sticker in your passport?
If you have a sticker in your passport, you should visit the Swedish Migration Agency to exchange it for a residence permit card instead. The sticker expires on 20 May 2015 and you will no longer be able to enter and leave the Schengen area without a residence permit card.
The residence permit card replaces the sticker in your passport.
You need the card as proof that you have a residence permit in Sweden. There is no charge for a residence permit card, and it is valid for 5 years.
If you are not in Sweden, you visit the embassy or consulate-general to be photographed and fingerprinted for your residence permit card.
Get photographed and fingerprinted
Everyone who is receiving a residence permit card need to be photographed. Children under the age of six are not required to provide their fingerprints. Those who do not have the physical ability, for example, due to permanent injury to the fingers, are also not required to provide fingerprints. The fingerprints and photograph are stored only on the card's chip and are not stored anywhere else. For this reason, it is necessary to be fingerprinted and photographed each time you need a new residence permit card. There is no cost for the card other than the application fee.
If you are not in Sweden
If you require a visa in order to travel to Sweden, you should visit the Swedish Embassy or the Consulate General in order to be photographed and fingerprinted. Please contact the embassy or consulate for information about opening times.
If you do not require a visa to travel to Sweden, you will be photographed and fingerprinted in Sweden. You should visit an office of the Swedish Migration Agency as soon as possible after you have received a residence permit and have arrived in Sweden.
If you are in Sweden
If you apply for a residence permit when you are in Sweden you should visit the Swedish Migration Agency in order to be photographed and fingerprinted. This also applies if you need to extend your permit or require a new residence permit card.
You need to book an appointment in advance in order to be photographed and fingerprinted.
If you have changed your address
In order to get your residence permit card sent to your home we need your address. If your have changed your address you can state your new address when you visit the Swedish Migration Agency. Remember to inform us if you are living with someone else and have a C/O address.
When the card is ready
If you have been photographed and fingerprinted at an embassy or Consulate General, you will receive the card there. Please ask the embassy or Consulate General if they will send it to you or if you will need to collect it. It can take up to four weeks, from the time you have received your decision, for the card to be made and sent to the embassy or Consulate General.
If you have been photographed and fingerprinted at a Swedish Migration Agency office, your card will be sent to your home within a week.
The residence permit card will be produced at the time the decision is made, but no earlier than three months before the residence permit becomes valid.
We cannot speed up the production or delivery of the card.
Details included on the card
The residence permit card includes, among other things, details about which type of permit you have received and the validity period of your card. Your personal details are also included on the card. The reverse of certain cards states “Can work”. This applies for cases where it is not directly evident from your decision that you are entitled to work, for example, for those who have received a permanent residence permit. However, if you have received a work permit in Sweden then your decision will state that you have received a work permit and therefore the reverse of your card will not contain the text “Can work.” For children the text will be included on the card as of the age of 16.
Check the details on your card
Please make sure that the name on your residence permit card is the same as the name on your passport. If the wrong name appears on your card, you should visit the Swedish Migration Agency or embassy in order to get a new card. If this should happen, please remember to bring your passport with you.
If you change your name, you should first contact the Swedish Tax Agency, which is responsible for population registration, in order to register your new name. You should then visit the Swedish Migration Agency in order to get a new residence permit card.
When you travel
When you travel, show the card along with your passport. The card cannot be used as an identification document or travel document.
Period of validity
You will get a new residence permit card each time you receive a new residence permit or an extension to an existing residence permit. The card is valid for as long as your residence permit, but never for more than five years. When you require a new residence permit card, you will be photographed and fingerprinted again.
If you lose the card
If you misplace your residence permit card, or it is stolen, you should first report this to the police. You should then visit the Swedish Migration Agency in order to be photographed and fingerprinted for a new card. Please bring a copy of the police report with you that you received by post or at the police station.
If you have not received your card
Have you been waiting a long time for your residence permit card? It could be that your card has been sent back to the Swedish Migration Agency. This can happen if the Swedish Migration Agency does not have your correct address. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the Swedish Migration Agency.