Assessment of your age as a part of your identity

If you don't have any identification documents to prove your age you can show how old you are in other ways, for example by a medical age assessment.

Why is it important that I can show my age?

The Migration Agency wants to know who you are, your name and age, and where you are from. This information is a part of your identity.

It is important to know if you are older or younger than 18 years of age. If you are under 18 you have other rights than an adult asylum seeker.

Medical age assessment

If you don't have any identification documents the case officer will inform you what you can do to prove your age. One possibility is to undergo a medical examination, a so-called medical age assessment.

A medical age assessment involves an x-ray of your teeth and a knee. Based on these exams a doctor can medically assess your age.

The staff at the Migration Agency can offer you the opportunity to undergo a medical age assessment if your age is unclear. The medical age assessment is free of charge, and you will receive more information if such an assessment is considered necessary.

If you accept the Migration Agency’s offer both you and your custodian must sign a paper to approve that the medical age assessment is done.

The Migration Agency estimates your age

The Migration Agency estimates your age based on all the submitted information, for example your school certificates, other certificates and the result of the medical age assessment.

If the Migration Agency estimates that you are older or younger than the age you told us when you applied for asylum the case officer will change your age in the Migration Agency’s documentation. If you are 18 years or older you will be treated as an adult asylum seeker.

If the Migration Agency changes your age to over 18 before you receive a decision on your application for asylum it may affect the support you are entitled to from us, and the municipality where you live. You will receive more information about this from your case officer.

If you do not agree with the Migration Agency’s decision

If you applied for asylum before 1 February 2017 the Migration Agency will make a decision about your age at the same time as your application for asylum is decided. If you do not agree with the decision about your age, you can bring this up if you choose to appeal the decision for asylum.

If you applied for asylum on 1 February 2017 or later you can receive a temporary decision regarding your age, which means that the Migration Agency can decide to register you as under or over 18 years before you receive a decision on your application for asylum. If you do not agree with the decision from us, about your age you can appeal this decision.

Read more about medical age assessments at The National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) and see a short film about how it works.external link, opens in new window

Last updated: 2017-12-11

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