Important documents when returning

There are documents that it can be a good idea for you to obtain before you leave Sweden. Here is a list of documents that you or your child may need when you have come to your country of origin or the country you are returning to.

Register extract for birth of a child

You should have received a register extract from the Swedish Tax Agency about your child when it was born. This makes registration and schooling easier in your country of origin or the country you are returning to. You may also need a register extract when you are going to arrange a travel document for your child. Check that the information in the register extract is correct before you travel. If the information is not correct or if you need a new register extract, you have to contact the Swedish Tax Agency.

You will find more information on the Swedish Tax Agency's page about children born in Swedenexternal link, opens in new window.

Extract from criminal records

The Swedish Police Authority is responsible for criminal records. These records contain information about people who have committed criminal offences.

You have the right to an extract from the Swedish Police Authority’s criminal records when you ask for it. The extract shows whether you are entered in the records, i.e. whether or not you have committed a criminal offence in Sweden. You may need to present an extract from these records in another country. The document may, for example, be needed when you are going to return and settle or to apply for a job in your country of origin. You will find more information on the Swedish Police Authority's page about criminal recordsexternal link, opens in new window.

Grades/​certi­fi­cates from school

To enable you or your child to show what education or training you have completed in Sweden, you may need to present grades or certificates. This can, for example, be when you are going to start school or to apply for study programmes in your country of origin. To get grades or certificates you have to contact the school in Sweden where you received your education or training. You will find more information on your municipality’s website.

Doctor’s certi­fi­cate and docu­ments about your health

In Sweden the regions are responsible for health care. To get a doctor’s certificate or other documents describing your state of health, you have to contact your health centre or the hospital where you have been given care. You will find more information on your region’s website that you reach via www.1177.seexternal link, opens in new window. Further information about health is also given on www.informationsverige.seexternal link, opens in new window.

Trans­la­tion of your docu­ments

It may be worth having your documents translated into English or the language of your country of origin. To get help with this, you can turn to the body that issued the document. In certain cases the Swedish Migration Agency can help you with translations.

Last updated: 5 March 2020

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