The Swedish Migration Agency is introducing new rules for better passport and ID card checks
From 1 November, when you apply for a residence permit you may need to show your passport or national ID card at an in-person visit before the Swedish Migration Agency can make a decision.
On 1 November, the Swedish Migration Agency will introduce new rules for better passport checks. The new rules mean that when you apply for a residence permit in Sweden, you may need to visit the Swedish Migration Agency or an embassy/consulate-general in person to show your passport or national ID card.
Residence permits for EU/EEA citizens
If you are a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland and are applying for a residence permit to live with a family member in Sweden, the new rules affect you. When you apply for a residence permit, you can choose whether you want to identify yourself with a passport or a national ID card. If you are applying for an extended residence permit and are using a passport or ID card that you have shown before, you do not need to show it again.
Residence permits for long-term residents
If you have long-term resident status in another EU country and wish to apply for a residence permit to work, study or live on your own funds in Sweden, you must show your passport before the Swedish Migration Agency makes a decision. The same applies for your co-applicant family members.
Freedom of movement is not affected
If you are exercising the freedom of movement and applying for a residence card, a permanent residence card or a permanent right of residence, the new rules do not affect you. They also do not affect you if you are applying for long-term resident status in Sweden.
We will contact you if we want to see your passport or ID card
If the Swedish Migration Agency wants to see your passport or ID card, we will contact you with information about how to book an appointment to show your passport or ID card. You should not send us your passport or ID card.