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How to get your Swedish Personal Number and Identity Card
Swedish Identity Number is legally known as personnummer is to identify people living in Sweden. The Swedish Personal Identity is a 10-digit number starting with your date of birth. The number is in the format: YYMMDD-XXXX. If you were born on 20th April 1988 then the number could look something like this 880420-9999
One needs to obtain a Swedish Identity Number as a student if the student is going to study more than 1 year(at least 12 months) in Sweden. Thus, you need to have a valid resident permit for 1 year. Or students from inside the EU/EEA who are able to prove that they intend to stay in Sweden for at least 12 months.
A personal number can be useful for working legally even while studying, opening a bank account, getting the ID card, getting into the health care system, getting a driver’s license etc.
All of the students studying a two-year degree course here in Sweden need to apply for Swedish Identity number at the Tax Agency called Skatteverket.
Address for the Tax Agency Office Skatteverket-
Things you must bring to the tax agency for issuing the personal number
- Valid passport
- Resident Permit
- Admission letter Notification Results / Proof of enrolment
- Information for your address/apartment you are living in Sweden
- (If applicable) Documents proving marital status (original or a certified copy)
- (If applicable) Birth certificates for children (original or certified copy)
What to do?
- Visit Skatteverket during their open hours. There is no need for any prior appointment
- When you reach there, there might or not be a waiting line but when your turn comes to tell the person in charge that you are here to apply for a Swedish Personal Number as a foreign student.
- You will be either given a hard copy of the form or a computer to fill the soft copy. You would need to fill basic personal information. After submission, you will be assigned a waiting number to see the customer service person.
- On your turn, you will be asked to handout your passport, Notification Results, Resident Permit, and bank statement(maybe) to take a photocopy of these. This is it for the personal number. You will receive the personal number via post.
- Then you will be asked if you want an ID card for opening your bank account. If you say yes you will be given an invoice for your ID card. For this, you have to pay 400 SEK but you can do this once you receive your Personal Number.
- Once you get your personal number, which will come via post to the address you mentioned, you can go to the Forex bank with the invoice you received from Skatteverket to pay for the ID card. And take the invoice of payment as proof from Forex bank. Remember that they charge 50 SEK as transferring or handling charges.
- Next, you need to make an online appointment at Skatteverket to give your biometrics.
- Visit Skatteverket again on your booked date, show them the invoice you got from Forex bank. They will take your biometrics. You need to wait for your Swedish ID card for approximately 2 weeks as they do their process. You will receive a message for when it is ready and then you need to go and get it from Skatteverket.
Hope this helps!