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.
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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 Swedenexternal link, opens in new window, 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 Board 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 one of the Swedish Migration Board's permit units 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 appointmentopens in new window in advance in order to be photographed and fingerprinted.

Recidence permit card.

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 Board office, your card will be sent to your home within a week.

It is not possible to 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 Board 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 Board in order to get a new residence permit card.

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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 Board 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 Board. This can happen if the Swedish Migration Board does not have your correct address. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the Swedish Migration Board.

If you have a sticker in your passport

If you have a sticker in your passport that is still valid you may use it for travel. The sticker in your passport remains valid until it expires, but not beyond the 20th of May 2015.

If you have a sticker in your passport, and the passport has expired, you should visit the Swedish Migration Board, once you have your new passport, in order to be photographed and fingerprinted for a residence permit card.

You need to book an appointment in advance in order to be photographed and fingerprinted.

Last updated: 26 May 2014