Rush for ID Cards

The Swedish Tax Agency reports an unexpected rush of immigrants applying for identification cards. The agency has started issuing ID cards on June 1st, more than a year after the country’s banking service ceased to grant identification certificates to foreigners. During that time citizens from non-EU countries had no possibility to legally prove their identity while dealing with banks or the post office. Now the tax agency has to handle tens of thousands of applications.

A spokesman said that additional personnel was delegated to the issuing of ID cards, but that the lines and waiting times still were long. The agency points out that ID cards will only be granted if the applicants are registered as living in Sweden and can provide credible proof of their identity.