If you do not have a passport and do not have the possibility of obtaining one, in some cases the Swedish Migration Agency can issue an alien's passport.
This applies to people who have been granted a residence permit in Sweden on the grounds of protection from authorities in their home country and who can therefore not contact them to obtain a passport. If you have been granted a residence permit on protection grounds not related to the authorities in your home country, such as honour-related problems, natural disasters or the general situation in your home country, you should contact the authorities in your home country to obtain a passport.
The Swedish Migration Agency bases its assessment on the reasons stated in your asylum decision document and reviews applications in each individual case. Level of difficulty, inconvenience or cost involved in obtaining a passport from your home country is insufficient reason for being granted an alien’s passport.
The Swedish Migration Agency will not issue an alien’s passport if you have another document that serves as a passport, and that is a valid travel document. The Swedish Migration Agency does not issue alien’s passports to people while they are in their home country.
In December 2014, the Swedish Migration Agency amended the practice for aliens' passports for persons who have been granted a residence permit for protection purposes. Previously a large share of these persons were granted an alien's passport, but now each individual application is assessed separately. If you have been given a residence permit on grounds of protection which are not related to the authorities in the home country, you should in the first instance contact the authorities in your home country to apply for a passport.
Apply for an alien’s passport
To apply for an alien’s passport, you should fill out form number 191011, Application for an Alien’s Passport, and personally hand it in at one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s permit units. You need to book an appointment before visiting the Migration Agency to hand in your application. You need to book an appointment for each person that wishes to apply for an alien’s passport, and each person must hand in his/her own application form.
Children under 18
Children under 18 may not fill out an application for an alien's passport. The child's legal guardian or custodian must personally apply for an alien's passport on behalf of the child.
If there are two parents or guardians, both must approve the application by handing in form number 247011, Consent for the Swedish Migration Agency to issue an alien’s passport for a child under the age of 18, along with the child’s application form.
There is normally an application fee for an alien’s passport. You can pay the fee with a credit/debit card when you hand in your application, or ask for a payment slip and pay later. The Migration Agency will not process your application until you have paid the fee.
At the Swedish Migration Agency’s website you can find out roughly how long the processing time currently is. The decision can take longer if the case officer needs to contact you for more information.
When the Swedish Migration Agency has processed your application, we will send you the decision to you in the post.
Picking up an alien's passport
You should pick up your alien’s passport at the same Permit Unit or Service Center where you submitted your application, unless you have received any information stating that you should pick up your passport at another location. If you would like to pick up your alien’s passport at a different location, you should speak to the staff about this when you submit your application.
You must have valid identification when you pick up your alien’s passport.
Travelling with an alien's passport
An alien's passport fulfils EU passport requirements for travelling to all countries. You may need a visa to travel to some countries. Please contact the appropriate country's embassy to obtain more information before you travel.
If you have been granted a residence permit on the grounds of protection, your alien's passport will state that you are unable to travel to your home country or the country you fled from.
If you were unable to prove your identity, your alien's passport will state that your identity is unproven, which could make it more difficult to travel to certain countries.
An alien's passport is valid five years and cannot be extended. If you need an alien's passport when the validity period has expired you can apply for a new one.
When you wish to apply for a new alien's passport you will need to have your photo and fingerprints taken again, as your photo and your fingerprints are not saved at the Swedish Migration Agency, but only in a computer microchip in your alien’s passport.
If your application is rejected
You can only appeal the Swedish Migration Agency's decision if your applications for an alien's passport and residence permit were rejected simultaneously.
If you wish to appeal, you need to write a letter stating which decision you wish the agency to change and why you consider the decision to be wrong. The letter should include your personal details and your case number, and the letter needs to be signed by you personally.
Make sure that the Migration Agency receives your notice of appeal no later than three weeks after you were notified of the decision.
If you wish someone else to appeal on your behalf you need to give the person a written power of attorney.