Ladies and Gentlemen,
Many believe that the most important thing is to live for some years in Sweden to get the Swedish citizenship.
This belief is wrong because there are several legal requirements in order to get Swedish citizenship. One of the rules is you must have conducted yourself well in Sweden.
To clarify this matter, you can read the clarification of the Swedish immigration department to this legal matter.
From the Swedish immigration department
You must have conducted yourself well in Sweden
In order to become a Swedish citizen, you must have conducted yourself well during your time in Sweden. The Migration Board looks both at how you have previously conducted yourself and how we believe that you will conduct yourself in the future.
The Migration Board requests information from other authorities to check if you have any debts or have committed a crime in Sweden. The information is requested from:
- The Enforcement Authority (if you have debts)
- The Swedish National Police Board (if you committed a crime or are suspected of doing so)
- The Security Service (security checks).
Debts at the Enforcement Authority or other complaints
Your application may be rejected if you:
- have not paid taxes, fines or other charges
- have not paid maintenance.
Debts to private companies or similar which have been passed on to the Enforcement Authority may also mean that your application to become a Swedish citizen is rejected. Even if you have paid your debts, a certain period of time must pass (approximately two years), before you can become a Swedish citizen. The reason is that you must show that you can remain debt free
Waiting time after a crime
You may still become a Swedish citizen if you have committed a crime, but you must wait for a specified period. The length of time you must wait depends on the sentence you received.
The time which must elapse after the crime before you can acquire Swedish citizenship is called the qualifying period. This is usually calculated from the date of the crime but if you received a lengthy prison sentence, the time only begins to be calculated after the sentence has been served.
A prison sentence must have been served, the probationary period in the event of a conditional release must have been completed and any fines imposed must have been paid before you can become a Swedish citizen.
|Fine 30x daily income||At least one year after the crime. For example, if you receive a fine 50x your daily income, the qualifying period is calculated as one and a half years.|
|Fine 60x daily income||At least two years after the crime|
|Fine 100x daily income||At least three years after the crime|
|Suspended sentence||At least three years after the sentence went into effect (became legally valid). If, at the same time, you received a custodial sentence or a fine of more than 60x your daily income, the qualifying period becomes longer.|
|Probation||At least four years from the date on which the probationary period began. If, at the same time, you received a custodial sentence or a fine of more than 60x your daily income, the qualifying period becomes longer.|
|1-month custodial sentence||At least four years after the crime|
|4-month custodial sentence||At least five years after the crime|
|8-month custodial sentence||At least six years after the crime|
|1-year custodial sentence||At least seven years after sentence served|
|2-year custodial sentence||At least eight years after sentence served|
|4-year custodial sentence||At least nine years after sentence served|
|6-year custodial sentence||At least ten years after sentence served|
If you have committed crimes on more than one occasion, the qualifying period may be longer than in the table specified above.
If you have been sentenced to special treatment (särskild vård) after a crime, we consider the penalty normally imposed for the crime concerned.