It has been pretty heart warming to get more and more emails regarding the Sambo Visa. I never knew that my post helped others so much! So this Sunday morning while I am waiting for my boyfriend to come back from Gävle, I decided to sit down and describe my journey after receiving the visa. Basically a continuation of this post.
I stopped at having my uppehållstillstånd being created. It took the Migration board about 1 month to get it created and sent to Singapore. My case was a little special. Since I had gotten my visa so fast and had buffered 9 months, the Migration Officer in the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore offered to get it done for me. So when I moved to Sweden, I had saved one month waiting time to get my actual visa card. This is pretty important as you need this card to apply for your personnumer at skatterverket. This number is CRUCIAL when living in Sweden and it should be the first thing you do after you have gotten your visa. I am not even kidding about this. Without a personnumer, you are no one in Sweden (harsh but true). You cannot register for SFI, apply for a bank, get insurance and apply for education.
Anyway getting back on track. Upon being granted your visa, these are the things you have to do immediately.
1. Get your visa made
Collect your decision from the embassy. If you are going to be moving to Sweden immediately then bring this along as proof to immigration when you are crossing the border. If you are going to move only 2 to 3 months later, then ask if your embassy can get the uppehållstillstånd created for you from here. If you are creating it from Sweden, get it done at migrationsverket. However, you need to book an appointment with them first! http://migrationsverket.se/book-appointment . It takes about 1 month for your visa card to be created.
2. Apply for your personnumer
Skip the chit chat with your friends and sambo. You will have plenty of time for this later. The first thing once you get your card is to go the skatterverket to apply for your personnumer. There will be people standing around that can help you. Being in Sweden, you obviously had to take a number and wait for it to be called. In the mean time, you have to fill out a form with your particulars and you have to have a swedish address with you. In this case, it would be your sambos address. Bring your passport along and the visa card. They will make a copy of your visa and your residence permit and then that's it. You wait for your personnumer to be mailed to the address you've given.
3. Apply for you Swedish ID Card
This was the phase I had experienced the most bumps in and I would like to share it with you. You might thank that with a personnumer, you'd be able to do a lot of things. Well, yes you can. You can apply for SFI but you cannot open a bank account without a Swedish ID Card. Well, you couldn't open it with Swedbank at least. There are a couple of other banks like Handelsbanken, Nordea and SEB. I chose Swedbank because it was right by the corner of my office and I couldn't find the entrance to Handelsbanken (true story). Anyway, getting back on track. After you've gotten your personnumer in the mail, you don't go back to skatterverket immediately. You need to go to a convenience store that has an ATG sign on it (its a gambling system but these stores will usually have the system required to pay the fee too) and pay approx 400 kr before returning to skatterverket with the receipt, your personnumer and your passport. Take a number, wait and get your picture, signature and height taken. Then you wait again.
4. Collect your Swedish ID Card
When your ID Card is ready they will send you a letter to inform you to collect it from the same skatterverket you got it made. Collect it and you're set to live in Sweden!
Just a few more tips to those who found a job. I have been so lucky to have Shabnam as a colleague as she guided me through the miscellaneous things which are important!
Apply for unemployment insurance
You pay a minimal fee each month for a year and if in the even you lost your job, they will pay you up to 80% of your salary for a year so that you can get yourself back on your feet again.
She suggested Akademikernas a-kassa
Apparently you have to provide your transcripts so I havent gotten down to applying for it. I'm going home for the winter so I'll prepare all my documents from there and keep you updated.
Good luck to all out there who's applying for the visa and those who have just gotten it!