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12 February 2020

You must have a permanent residence permit when you apply for Swedish citizenship

Recently many applications for Swedish citizenship have been submitted by people who do not meet the requirement of a permanent residence permit, right of residence or residence card. To be able to become a Swedish citizen, you must already meet all the requirements when your application is submitted.

To be granted Swedish citizenship, you must meet several requirements.

You must:

  • be able to prove your identity
  • have attained the age of 18
  • have a permanent residence permit (a temporary residence permit is not applicable) or
  • have a right of residence or residence card (applies to you if you are an EU citizen or a close relative of an EU citizen)
  • have met the requirements for habitual residence (lived in Sweden for a certain period of time)
  • have conducted yourself well in Sweden.

Recently many people have applied for Swedish citizenship even though they do not meet the requirement of a permanent residence permit. For an application to be examined, all the requirements must be met when the application is made. This means that an application from a person who does not meet the requirements may be refused.

The application is not repaid if the application is refused. The fee for an application for Swedish citizenship for an adult is SEK 1 500.

Read more about what requirements apply to you if you want to apply for Swedish citizenship

Read more about what requirements apply to you if you are an EU/EEA citizen