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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Sweden

Sweden
Kingdom of Sweden

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 24 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 24 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 24 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 60 Months
V-2 None Multiple 60 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 60 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  None.

Document Name: Extract of the population register (“Personbevis”).

Issuing Authority: Swedish Tax Agency (“Skatteverket”).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: On white A4 paper format, stamped with a small round seal with the Swedish Tax Agency´s logo.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registration Officer (“Servicetjänsteman”).

Registration Criteria: None.

Procedure for Obtaining: For a complete version, one must call the Swedish Tax Agency. The complete version should state the applicant's date and place of birth, the names of both parents, their marital status and their date of marriage, if applicable.

Certified Copies Available: Yes.

Alternate Documents: Birth records for persons born before July 1, 1991, can also be obtained both from the parish office (“Pastorsambetet”) in the parish of the applicant's birth. This record is only provided in Swedish.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Upon request, this document can be obtained in English.

Tel: 0771–567 567 or from abroad: + 46 8 564 851 60

 https://www.skatteverket.se/

Death Certificates

 

Available

Fees: None.

Document Name: ”Dödsfallsintyg” and ”Släktutredning.”

Issuing Authority: Swedish Tax Agency (“Skatteverket”).

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining:  When a US citizen dies in Sweden, Skatteverket sends the Dodsfallsintyg automatically to the Embassy, at which time we (ACS) contact Skatteverket in order acquire a Personbevis, which we use to contact the next of kin.

Certified Copies Available: Yes.

Alternate Documents: If the death took place before July 1, 1991, a death certificate (“Utdrag Ur Död-och Begravningsbok”) can be obtained from the parish office (“Pastorsambetet”).  This record will only be in Swedish.

Exceptions: None

Comments: This record is only provided in Swedish.

Tel: 0771–567 567 or from abroad: + 46 8 564 851 60

 https://www.skatteverket.se/

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: None.

Document Name:  Extract of the population register (“Personbevis”).

Issuing Authority: Swedish Tax Agency (“Skatteverket”).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: On white A4 paper format, stamped with a round seal with the Swedish Tax Agency´s logo.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registration Officer (“Servicetjänsteman”).

Registration Criteria: None.

Procedure for Obtaining:  For a complete version, call the Swedish Tax Agency. The complete version should state the applicant's date/place of birth, marital status, date of marriage and name of spouse. Upon request, it can be obtained in English.

Certified Copies Available: Yes.

Alternate Documents: None.

Exceptions: None.

Comments: This document should not be confused with the marriage book, “Vigselintyg,” which is not the official marriage certificate.

Tel: 0771–567 567 or from abroad: + 46 8 564 851 60

 https://www.skatteverket.se/

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: None.

Document Name: “Skilsmässoprotokoll.”

Issuing Authority: The district court (“Tingsrätten”).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: On white A4 paper format, stamped with the name (place) of the district court and signature of the Archive Officer.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Archive Officer.

Registration Criteria: None.

Procedure for Obtaining: Contact court via email, phone, in person, or on court website online form.

Certified Copies Available: Yes. Upon request, applicant can request a certified copy of the divorce decree “kopian överensstämmer med originalet.”

Alternate Documents: No. Note that an extract of the population register from the Swedish Tax Agency cannot be used as a divorce decree.

Exceptions: None.

Comments: This record is only provided in Swedish.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  None.

Document Name:  “Adoptionshandling.”

Issuing Authority: The district court (“Tingsrätten”). If the national adoption took place before 1979, the adoption certificate is obtained from the National Board of Health and Welfare “Socialstyrelsen.”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Varies from court to court.  Some have court seals.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Court Clerk

Registration Criteria: None.

Procedure for Obtaining: No standardized procedure. Contact individual district court.

Certified Copies Available: Yes.

Alternate Documents: Extract of the population register “Personbevis” (see Birth Certificate). All adoptions will be reflected in the Personbevis.

Exceptions: Sweden distinguishes between domestic adoptions, which require authorization from a Swedish court, and adoptions that have taken place abroad, which do not.  The latter are split into the following groups:

  • Adoptions valid due to Sweden’s being a signatory of the Hague Convention on protection of children and cooperation during international adoptions.
  • Adoptions that are automatically valid in Sweden due to other laws.
  • Adoptions valid after authorization by the Family Law and Parental Support Authority.
  • Adoptions that have taken place in another Nordic country and thereby potentially valid in Sweden.
  • Adoptions determined to be “weak” and lead to a “re-adoption” in Sweden.

Comments: This record is only provided in Swedish. 

Identity Card

Available

Fees: SEK 400

Document Name:  “Nationellt id-kort” (national id card).

Issuing Authority: Police.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Secured with microtext, latent image, transparent frames and elements, Optical Variable Ink, laser engraving, UV security features, and embossing.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Security vetted civil servant.

Registration Criteria: None.

Procedure for Obtaining: Personal appearance at one of the police’s passport offices (“Passexpedition”), at which point a photo is taken.

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: None that is by definition a valid ID card, but driver’s licenses are generally accepted for all situations except international travel.

Exceptions: None.

Comments: None.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. A police certificate criminal record abstract (Utdrag ur belastningsregistret - utlandsändamål) is a record taken from the National Police Board and is issued to all persons upon application. Application forms (including forms in English) for a Swedish national crime record extract (Form RPS 442.1) can be downloaded from the Swedish Police webpage or obtained from the local police station. Complete instructions regarding payment and the charge for return postage can be found on the form. A copy of the population registration certificate or a passport copy must be enclosed with the application. The police certificate will not list any criminal offense which occurred more than ten years prior to the certificate request. Time for processing the application is approximately 2 weeks. The National Police Board will accept the application by fax or by e-mail. Fax number: 010-56 35334, E-mail address: brud.rps@polisen.se.

Court and Prison Records

Available 
 

Fees:  Free if shorter than 10 pages. 10 pages cost SEK 50 and more than that is SEK 2 per page.

Document Name: “Domstolsprotokoll.”

Issuing Authority: The district court (“Tingsrätten”).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Tingsrätten.

Registration Criteria: None.

Procedure for Obtaining: Court records are available from the criminal division of the court where the person was charged.

Certified Copies Available: Yes.

Alternate Documents: Deferred adjudication (“Strafföreläggande”) in case of minor offenses.

Exceptions: None.

Comments: This record is only provided in Swedish.

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: 180 SEK

Document Name:  ”Registerutdrag,” version ”Utdrag ur belastningsregistret – utlandsändamål” (extract from the register of criminal convictions – for use of foreign powers).

Issuing Authority: Swedish Police Authority (“Polismyndigheten”).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: On ivory A4 paper format.  The logo of the Swedish Police (“Polismyndigheten”) is placed on the top left corner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Signature and Rank (“handläggare”).

Registration Criteria: None.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application forms (including forms in English 442.4) for a Swedish national crime record extract (Form RPS 442.1) can be downloaded from the Swedish Police webpage www.polisen.se . Complete instructions regarding payment and the charge for return postage can be found on the form. A copy of the population registration certificate or a passport copy must be enclosed with the application. The police certificate will not list any criminal offense which occurred more than ten years prior to the certificate request. Time for processing the application is approximately two weeks. The National Police Board will accept the application by post or by e-mail: utlandsutdrag@polisen.se  

Certified Copies Available: No.

Alternate Documents: None.

Exceptions: None.

Comments:  The first section of the extract from the criminal records registry is always provided in five languages: Swedish, English, German, French, and Spanish.  Possible convictions are not translated and will appear only in Swedish.

Military Records

Available

Fees: None.

Document Name: Certificate of fulfilment of military service (”Intyg om totalförsvarsplikt, exempelvis om tjänstgöring eller befrielse från tjänstgöring”).

Issuing Authority: Swedish Defense Recruitment Agency (“Rekryteringsmyndigheten”).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Program officer for military defense organization.

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: E-mail exp@rekryteringsmyndigheten.se  and include one’s personal identification number, name, address and the purpose of the request.  Can be obtained in Swedish and English.

Certified Copies Available: No.

Alternate Documents: None.

Exceptions: None.

Comments:  None.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  National, diplomatic, service, emergency, emergency in A4 format, travel document as per the convention of 28 July, 1951, travel document as per the convention of 28 September, 1954, Alien’s passport, emergency alien’s passport.

Fees: Regular: SEK 350, Emergency: SEK 980

Document Name: Pass.

Issuing Government Authority: Police.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All documents hold the full plethora of security features including, but not limited to UV security, embossing, foiling, microtext, laser perforation, OVI, latent images, intaglio, tactile laser engraving.  Colors: National - red, Diplomatic - blue, Service - blue, Emergency - pink, Emergency in A4 format - multi, travel document as per the convention of 28 July, 1951 - brown, travel document as per the convention of 28 September, 1954 - light blue, Alien’s passport - green/gray, emergency alien’s passport – Multicolored A4 paper.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Security vetted civil servant.

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: Personal appearance at one of the police’s passport offices (“Passexpedition”), at which point the applicant’s photo and fingerprints are taken.

Alternate Documents: None.

Exceptions: None.

Comments: None.

Other Documents Available: None.

Other Records

Swedish Citizenship Act

The Swedish Parliament passed legislation that provides for changes in Swedish nationality law which took effect July 01, 2001.

The law changed the Swedish position on dual nationality, making it possible for a foreign adult resident in Sweden to naturalize as a Swedish citizen without first giving up his/her prior citizenship. Conversely, Swedish citizens who naturalize in another country will no longer lose their Swedish nationality. Former Swedes may also apply for reinstatement of their list Swedish citizenship between July 01, 2001 and 30 June 2003.

The law also:

  • Made provision for children born out of wedlock to a Swedish father to acquire Swedish nationality;
  • Provided for expeditious acquisition of Swedish nationality by adopted children of Swedish citizens;
  • Facilitated acquisition of Swedish nationality for stateless children; and
  • Allowed alien children and young people residing in Sweden to acquire Swedish nationality after 5 years. 

Change of Name Certificates

A change of name certificate is issued by the National Swedish Patent and Registration Office (Patent-och Registreringsverket) in Stockholm. Copies of the certificate are available. A birth record (Personbevis), indicating change of name and when and where the change took place, issued by the Tax Administration (Skatteverket) - also serves as evidence of name-change. 

 

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  Stockholm, Sweden (Embassy)

Address: 

Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31

Phone Number: +46 (0)8 783 5300

Visa Services: All categories for all of Sweden.

Comments / Additional Information: Regional Immigrant Visa processing post for residents of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

Visa Services

All categories for all of Sweden.