Swedish citizenship for children born abroad before 1 April 2015 who have a Swedish father

A child born abroad before 1 April 2015 who has a Swedish father and a foreign mother does not become a Swedish citizen if its parents are not married. The child's father may submit a notification of Swedish citizenship for the child.

The child can become a Swedish citizen through notification if

  • the father is a Swedish citizen since the birth of the child and
  • the child has not turned 18 and
  • a valid established paternity exists when the notification occurs.

All requirements must be fulfilled when the notification is submitted.

The notification must be submitted only by the father of the child.

If you have married after the birth of the child

If you and the child's mother have married each other after the birth of the child, the child automatically becomes a Swedish citizen. Then you do not need to submit a notification of Swedish citizenship.

Learn more about automatic citizenship

Consent required

If the child has more than one legal guardian the other legal guardian must also sign the notification.

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

If the person the notification concerns has children

If the person the notification concerns has children who are living in Sweden, they can become Swedish citizens by means of the same notification if

  • the person has sole custody, or
  • the other custody holder is a Swedish citizen, or
  • the other custody holder will become a Swedish citizen at the same time.

Submitting notification

You fill out the form Anmälan om svenskt medborgarskap för barn med svensk far, fött utom äktenskap utanför Sverige före den 1 april 2015, number 321011 (in Swedish only).

Anmälan om svenskt medborgarskap för barn med svensk far, fött utom äktenskap utanför Sverige före den 1 april 2015, form number 321011 (in Swedish only)PDF

If the child is not registered in Sweden, send the notification to a Swedish embassy or consulate.

Is the child registered in Sweden, you send the notification to

The Swedish Migration Agency
Citizenship Unit
601 70 Norrköping

You should always enclose

  • certificate of paternity and/or other equivalent document
  • document (passport for example) which shows your citizenship at the time of the child's birth and on the occasion of notification (if you are not registered in Sweden)
  • custody decision if you have sole custody of the child or if someone other than you and the child's mother has custody.

If the child lives in Sweden you need to enclose

  • the child's national passport, travel document or alien's passport in the original if the child has a passport.

If the child lives abroad you need to enclose

  • copy of national passport, travel document or alien's passport if the child has a passport
  • birth certificate.

All copies which you send are to be certified.

When you enclose original documents, you should send the notification as registered mail. The post office will help you do this.

Send by registered mailexternal link, opens in new window (only within Sweden)

In most cases you must pay a fee. Note that if you submit the notification at a Swedish embassy or consulate, you pay the fee there.

Fees for citizenship

After the decision has been made

The Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision to you or to the Swedish embassy or consulate if you live abroad.

Last updated: 2017-05-12

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