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.
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.
Print out and send your application to:
The Swedish Migration Agency
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.
In most cases you must pay a fee.
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 and your children's residence permit card, 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.
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.
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.
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.
After the decision has been made
The Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision to your address listed in the population registry. If you have become a Swedish citizen, we will also inform the Swedish Tax Agency of the decision. We will also put a block on your residence permit card, which means that the card will be invalid and can no longer be used for travel. You should not send in your residence permit card to the Swedish Migration Agency. You can destroy the card yourself by cutting it up.
If you have children with you who have become Swedish citizens and who also have residence permit cards, a block will be placed on their cards as well.
Those who have become Swedish citizens can apply for a Swedish passport. An application for a Swedish passport is done through the Police.
Those who are abroad and wish to apply for a Swedish passport can do so at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.
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.