Hello. I’m an American. I come from the land of instant gratification. I didn’t realize this was the case, or even an issue, but herein lies another cultural hurdle I’ll have to jump. Here in Sweden, we wait. We wait and wait and wait…
We wait for the bus. We wait for our documents to come to us via snail mail. (That’s right, Sweden, one of the most sophisticated technological countries in the world works via snail mail.) We wait a month to get a paycheck. We wait for our paperwork to be filed (often this takes weeks). We wait in a queue at the store and advance only when our number has been called.Read More»
Today was a milestone day. After ten days (or more) of preparing my residence application, I was finally able to slip the application, several other forms, photographs proving Tapi and I know each other, passport photos, essays, receipts and a cover letter into the $30 FedEx envelop guaranteeing delivery by 10:30am tomorrow at the Swedish Embassy. The simply act of mailing these documents proved to be a heady experience making me feel almost as if I have one foot in the US and another in Sweden. I spent the rest of the afternoon feeling rather dizzy.
Before a person can move to Sweden, a residence permit must be obtained from Sweden’s Migrationsverket. The application and it’s accompanying forms may be downloaded from the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. and a personal interview will be conducted. There are several ways a person can obtain a residence permit. You can do so if you are someone who will be working in Sweden as an employee, if you are a student, starting a business, an au pair, or if you are a spouse, cohabitant or child of a primary applicant. My permit is based on a family or personal connection so there’s a special app for that.Read More»