How to apply for Swedish citizenship

Here you will find information on how you can apply to become a Swedish citizen.

Special rules apply for citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway.

Learn more about Swedish citizenship for citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway

Submitting an application

You can submit an application for Swedish citizenship online. When you have filled in the application you must print it out and send it by post to the Migration Agency. Write your signature and enclose the documents in original proving your identity.

Fill out the application for Swedish citizenship online

Print out and send your application to:

The Swedish Migration Agency
Citizenship Unit
601 70 Norrköping

Because you are enclosing your passport or other original documents, you should send your application by registered mail. The post office will help you to do this.

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In most cases you must pay a fee.

Fees for citizenship

Enclose the following documents

  • your national passport, travel document or alien's passport in the original. If you have a previously issued passport you must also send the original
  • if you do not have a national passport, enclose the originals of other identity documents from your country of origin. If you have several documents, number them in the same order in which you entered them in the application form.

You should not enclose your Swedish driving license or you Swedish ID-card.

Further documents for EU/EEA citizens and their relatives

In order to apply for Swedish citizenship you must fulfil the requirements needed for right of residence, a residence card, or have been given a permanent residence permit. You can also apply if you have been given a permanent residence card, or have permanent right of residence in Sweden.  

This is how you prove your right of recidence

Make sure you fulfil the requirements before you apply

When you submit an application for Swedish citizenship The Migration Agency will investigate if you fulfil all requirements. If you do not fulfil the requirements your application may be rejected. You then have to send in a new application when the requirements are fulfilled and pay the fee again.

Requirements for becoming a Swedish citizen

Find out whether you fulfil the requirements before you submit an application for Swedish citizenship (in Swedish only)

You may include your children in your application

If you have unmarried children under the age of 18 who are residents in Sweden, they may become Swedish citizens with you if

  • you have sole custody of the child or children or
  • you have joint custody with the other parent and they have given their consent.

You do not need to submit separate applications for a child, simply include them on your application form. You do not have to pay an application fee for the children you include. However, you must enclose the following documents

  • the child's passport
  • a custody decision if you have sole custody of the child and the child was not born in Sweden.

Consent required

Children who have turned 12 must give their written consent to become a Swedish citizen.

To those who have children during their waiting time

If you have a child during the waiting time and you want the child to become a Swedish citizen along with you, send us a letter requesting that your newborn child should be included in your application. You and the child's custodian must both sign the letter which also informs the Swedish Migration Agency of the child's name and birthdate.

Do you need to use your passport during the processing time?

The Swedish Migration Agency needs your passport in original in order to process an application for Swedish citizenship. You will get your passport back when your application has been processed.

If you need your passport back before your application has been processed, you can require to have it back. You should not send your passport back until the Swedish Migration Agency asks you to do so. We will write to you when we start processing your application and need you to send your passport back to us.

Get your passport back during the processing time

After the decision has been made

The Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision to your registered address. If you have become a Swedish citizen, we will also send a copy of the certificate to the population registry at the Swedish Tax Agency. You turn to the police if you wish to apply for a Swedish passport.

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application, you can appeal within three weeks from the date you received the decision. You will find more information on how to appeal in the decision.

If you do not apply online

If you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the form Ansökan om svenskt medborgarskap för vuxna, number 316011 (only in Swedish). The form specifies which documents to enclose.

Ansökan om svenskt medborgarskap för vuxna, form number 316011 (in Swedish only)PDF

Send the application to:

The Swedish Migration Agency
Citizenship Unit
601 70 Norrköping

In most cases you must pay a fee.

Learn more about fees and how to pay

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Last updated: 2 March 2017

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