ALSS Sweden provides assistance to people moving to Sweden on a temporary or permanent basis in registering for social benefits. To be eligible to receive social benefits offered through the Swedish government, you are required to have a permanent Person Number (Personnummer in Swedish) also referred to as a Swedish Personal Identification Number. The Swedish government currently issues two classifications of person numbers:
Permanent Person Number (Personnummer)
Coordinating Person Number (Samordningsnummer)
Temporary Person Number (Replaced by Samordningsnummer)
How do I know what type of Swedish personal identification number I have?
ALSS in Sweden will help you complete the appropriate Swedish government forms and submit your person number application for you. Additionally, ALSS will assist you in registering for any applicable social benefits you are eligible for as well as explain the specific benefits that you will receive. We can also assist with Swedish to English translations when dealing with communications with the Swedish government and in helping you complete forms that are only available in Swedish (Most forms are available in English).
Upon arriving in Sweden with a permanent residency and/or work visa, you are required to apply in person for a permanent person number at a local Tax office within two weeks of your arrival. ALSS representatives are available to accompany you to the tax office to help expedite your application process.
Once you receive your permanent person number (typically within three weeks), you need to apply for a Swedish Identification Card. You can obtain a ID card through the Swedish Post Office (Most Swedish banks can also issue ID cards). You will need to have a Swedish Citizen accompany you, two passport photos, your passport, and you will need to complete an application for the ID card. ALSS representatives are available to help you get the required passport photos, accompany you to the tax office to meet the requirement for a Swedish citizen to sign the certification form, and to assist with filling out the ID application. Your Swedish Identity Card typically takes about two weeks to be issued. You will receive notification by mail to pick it up in person at the local Swedish passport office (you will need to bring your passport to use as ID).
Once you are entered into the Swedish Population Registry, you are eligible for Swedish Social Benefits.
EU/EEA citizens have right to social benefits from the Swedish social insurance system from the first day that they enter Sweden, even if they will be residing in Sweden for less than one year. A health care certificate must be shown, proving that you are a EU/EEA citizen and are entitled to social insurance benefits in your home country, in order to quality for benefits from the Swedish social insurance system.
NON-EU/EEA citizens planning to reside in Sweden for less than one year, regardless of whether you will work or study in Sweden, are not entitled to social benefits under the Swedish social insurance system. You must intend to reside in Sweden for at least 12 months in order to register with the Swedish Population Registry, receive a Permanent Person Number, and qualify for social benefits in Sweden. It is strongly recommended that if you will reside in Sweden for less than one year that you take out a comprehensive health plan, in your country of permanent residence, to cover costs in the case of an accident or illness during your stay in Sweden.
Last updated 02 DEC 2001
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