Next steps after a decision on citizenship

The following explains what happens next after a decision on citizenship has been made.

If you have become a Swedish citizen

The Swedish Migration Agency sends the decision to your officially registered address and to the Swedish Tax Agency. Beginning on 3 May 2019, we do not sign the certificate of citizenship. This allows us to more quickly be able to send the certificate to you. There is no requirement for us to sign the certificate.

When you become a Swedish citizen, your residence permit card is frozen and becomes invalid. If you have children who have also become Swedish citizens, their residence permit cards are also frozen.

You must apply for a Swedish passport with the Swedish Police. Read about how to apply for a Swedish passport on the police website.external link, opens in new window If you are abroad and want to apply for a Swedish passport, you can do so at a Swedish embassy or general consulate. Here, you can find information on Swedish embassies and general consulates.external link, opens in new window

If the Swedish Migration Agency denies your application

If the Swedish Migration Agency denies your application, you can be notified in two ways:

  • We can send the decision by registered letter to your officially registered address (read more about registered letters on the PostNord websiteexternal link, opens in new window). You can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date you received the decision. You can read about how to appeal in your decision.
  • We can send the decision with a letter with simplified service to your officially registered address. Simplified service means that we first send the decision with a letter and after one day we send another letter to the same address with information that we sent a decision the day before. If you receive a control letter and did not receive the decision the day before, you must contact us. The Swedish Migration Agency expects you to have read the decision (been served) two weeks after we sent it to you. After that, you have three weeks to appeal the decision. You can read about how to appeal in your decision.

If you change your address, it is important that you update it with the Swedish Tax Agency. Also remember to check your post regularly.

Last updated: 2019-06-20

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