You’ve applied, interviewed, now you wait. In my particular case I did not wait very long. The very same evening of the interview (Swedish morning) I received an email (see image below) from Migrationsverket indicating a decision had been made in my case, and what to do once I find out the decision.
The email also mentioned the decision could only be attained from the Swedish Embassy. The next day I phoned the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. to find out the decision. As a side note – I was put on hold – the hold music playing was Avicci Levels (ha). Once put through to the visa department of the Embassy, they asked for my name and case number and I was then sent an email with details of the decision. In my particular case the decision was yes, and I received my residence/ visa that is valid for two years.
For whatever reason the Swedish Embassy visa department has very limited hours each day. Prior to calling it is best to double check when you are able to reach someone. The person you are moving to in Sweden will also receive a notice of the decision in the mail, however, you still must call your nearest Swedish Embassy to confirm you (the applicant) has received the decision.
Once you receive the decision (assuming it is a yes) you have two options. Option one – you go to the Swedish Embassy in your country to get fingerprinted, residence/ visa card, etc. OR if Sweden does not require you to have a visa prior to entrance in the country (US residents can stay 90 days without a visa), you can leave for Sweden as soon as you get the decision, and take care of the fingerprints, residence/ visa card, etc. when you arrive in Sweden. You can read more detailed information about what you can do once you have been granted a residence permit/ visa here.
In the next posts I will be covering arriving in Sweden, the person number, SFI, working, and an ongoing commentary on life in Sweden. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to comment or send an email at email@example.com.