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.
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.