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Migration board launches online citizenship form

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 14 Apr 2010, 11:22

Published: 14 Apr 2010 11:22 GMT+02:00

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The new service officially opened for business on Tuesday and it is hoped that it will speed up and simplify the process.

"The Migration Board has carried out a broad development of services and by the end of 2011 we will have the most expedient citizenship application process in Europe," said Migration Board director-general Dan Eliasson in a statement on Tuesday.

While the service was officially announced on Tuesday it has been available for longer and the first electronic applicant, Thai citizen Napasorn Rungrueang, has already had her application approved and has received confirmation of her citizenship from Migration Board staff.

The electronic application can be completed and paid for entirely online and sent to the board's website for processing, but a signed form is still required to complete the application.

The board advises applicants to have a valid email address, be able to pay by card or via an internet bank, have a printer, and to make sure to approve the electronic application for processing prior to providing the required signatures.

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The Migration Board has issued a warning to potential applicants against seeking Swedish citizenship prior to eligibility, which normally requires five years of residency in Sweden.

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12:44 April 14, 2010 by Michael84
That's cool, really cool. saves a lot of time, paper and so forth.
13:22 April 14, 2010 by cbeynch
This is a sickening idea! The story does not reveal if the Migration Board has eliminated the need for personal interviews and other suitability criteria. From what I read Swedish citizenship has been reduced to a cheap trinket one buys on ebay. Who will have respect for a Swedish passport any more? Have they no shame? The entire Swedish nation is being reduced to a moral monster, a boiling cauldron of unbridled multiculturalism. A shame for a once proud and successful nation. It is not supposed to be `expedient` or easy to become a citizen. It is supposed to be road full of hurdles!
13:46 April 14, 2010 by dfgt
"This is a sickening idea!" yeh its horrible that the same rules still apply e.g. 5 year waiting time, no criminal record, etc, etc (like most countries) yet they go and do something disgusting like make the process of filling in the forms that little bit easier.
15:29 April 14, 2010 by krow
There is nothing sickening if they want a faster process. My only concern is the fate of the people who have long applied and are meant to wait 6 months. There is no word concerning them.
16:17 April 14, 2010 by Benzed
How do they define this part: ie does the "date on which you submitted your application for a residence permit" just mean the permit with which you first gained entry to sweden, or the date of the PERMANENT residence permit's submission. Presumably the former, as otherwise you would be serving more like 8+ years before gaining a passport, correct?

"Not all periods of residence count:

If you had a permanent residence permit (PUT) or a residence permit for settlement (UT) when you entered Sweden, you count the duration of stay from your date of arrival. Otherwise, the duration of stay is calculated from the date on which you submitted your application for a residence permit and were approved. If your application was initially rejected and you then submitted a new application, the time is counted from the date on which you received approval."
19:56 April 14, 2010 by Elton John
Some people are proud of their own accomplishments, others are proud of a passport...
21:11 April 14, 2010 by Jannik
Some people are proud of their heritage and their accomplishments.

The self loathing multiculturalists are proud of neither.
21:26 April 14, 2010 by Davey-jo
How can you have pride in your heritage when you have had no say in the matter? You had no choice in where you were born; it's pure chance, so why the pride?
21:48 April 14, 2010 by Aureliano Buendia
its for citizenship, not for a residence permit. so nothing important in here... some xenophobes seem to be unhappy. this is 'black' (not the skin color) ppl, who make ur economy grow, dont forget it please.
22:32 April 14, 2010 by Elton John
I just flipped a coin and got tails, that makes me proud...

To be serious, I'm in academia (working towards a Ph.D). It's full of people who do accomplish big things and one seldom meet professors that are patriotic or nationalists (so far, none). If one do meet one, the chances are even less that he/she would be xenophobic (it would be hard because of the multicultural touch of a faculty). The reason is simple: When you have real accomplishments to be proud of, there is no reason to be proud of other pseudostuff such as the result of flipping the coin, or where you just happened to be born. People that are mainly proud of something they never made happen (such as where you are born) often are that because they do not have any major accomplishment to be proud of.

I find it rather pathetic to be proud of something that's not part of ones labour.
13:18 April 15, 2010 by cbeynch
@Elton John: I have read your comment three times and still do not know what your point is. But perhaps it doesn't matter.
16:40 April 15, 2010 by Elton John
cbeynch: Don't worry, we all have our limitations. The point is, having pride in getting a tails is pathetic because it was the fruits of chance. Being proud of finding a "theory of everything" (in physics, that is) is OK because it was the fruits of your skills.

Let's see. The height of Mount Everest is 8,848 metres. I'm born in the 80's. See the common factor there (spoiler: 8)? Wow, that makes me so proud of Mount Everest.
18:03 April 15, 2010 by yourhappyreader
I'm sick and tired of this, after 9 years in Sweden I still don't have a permanent residence permit because the years as PhD do not count and with new rules one has to have permanent job contract for 4 years in order to apply for PUT. And after that 5 more years and you are allowed to apply for citizenship. So my estimated naturalization time is 15 years. Yeah, an online form is of a great help! :)
21:40 April 15, 2010 by BCR
Elton John: I'm in complete agreement with you, however I would have to add:

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers."
16:11 April 16, 2010 by Icarusty
A lot of Thais (female especially) in Sweden. Do you Swedish guys have a fetish for them or something?
13:38 April 17, 2010 by pathan
hahhahaha Icarusty... u r funyy
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