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And so our adventure in Sweden finally begins!

January 12, 2017

It happened. Jeremy’s residence visa was approved and I couldn’t be more excited. He’s now a permanent resident in Sweden! It feels a bit unreal at the moment. Maybe because he hasn’t come back from London yet, but I’m sure it will all sink in once he’s back.

We contacted Migrationsverket a few times to get updates on how long it would take, and we weren’t too hopeful, because this is what they said:

When an application has been assigned to a case officer, it’s in its final stages, but it could be a matter of a week to a few months before a decision is made.

We stressed that Jeremy would have to travel all the way back to New Zealand if we weren’t able to get a decision soon, and that it would be such a waste of money. Money that we really need to start our life in Sweden. She said she would make sure the process was as fast as possible, but couldn’t make any promises. But she came through, and we’re so grateful for it!

Now we can finally start planning our future in Sweden. It’s going to be a stressful and testing time, for sure. We both have to find jobs, and somewhere to live. Our preference is somewhere in or close to Stockholm, but we already know it’s near impossible to find a place to live there. We will still try our very best.

Jeremy comes back to Sweden on Monday 16 January and my dad and I will drive up to Arlanda to pick him up. I’m really hoping there won’t be any problems with weather, because it’s been snowing and has been really windy and icy. It would be pretty lame if there is an issue and he can’t land in Sweden.

On Thursday, we’ll drive down to visit Migrationsverket in Norrköping, where Jeremy will need to do some fingerprints and take some photos. We’ll literally drive 65 km for a 5 minute meeting, but unfortunately there is no closer office he can do it at.

I’m going to an information meeting at Skavsta airport the same day, in the evening. It’s basically a meeting where they’ll tell you what it’s like to work there and if you’re interested after, you can have an interview straight away. They’re not currently offering any full time jobs, which is a shame. But I’ll still be handing in my CV, and perhaps I’ll do the interview and let them know that I’m super interested if a full time job comes up later on.

Other than that, I’m applying for jobs in a few different places at the moment. Haven’t heard anything, but please keep your fingers crossed for me!

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  • lucyabakes

    Congratulations! How exciting for you both! Good luck with applying for jobs xx

    January 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Thanks heaps, we’re definitely going to need all the luck we can get! 🙂

      January 12, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply
      • lucyabakes

        I know the feeling! We moved to Germany from England 2 years ago, the experience can be so frustrating and rewarding in equal measures! x

        January 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm Reply
        • Sophie

          Oh cool! Just out of curiosity, how come you chose Germany? 🙂

          January 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm Reply
          • lucyabakes

            My husband is an engineer and got offered a job here when he graduated in 2014. We are hoping to move about a bit though. Sweden and Denmark are on the potential list! How come you moved to Sweden? X

            January 12, 2017 at 10:36 pm
          • Sophie

            I’m originally from Sweden, I moved to New Zealand in 2008. We decided to move back so I can live closer to my family. We didn’t have anything lined up here, which is the scary part. 🙂

            January 12, 2017 at 10:42 pm
          • lucyabakes

            How exciting! I know, it is scary. That has been the problem for me here. I didn’t have anything lined up and my experience from England isn’t recognised in Germany so I am almost viewed as skill less!

            January 12, 2017 at 10:46 pm
          • Sophie

            Oh that sucks! I hope you managed to find something good anyway! 🙂

            January 12, 2017 at 11:21 pm
  • styleforests

    I’m also waiting for the visa like Jeremy. Mine has been going on for ages and i haven’t received any news yet…
    Anyhow, all the best for you two! ❤️

    Clear from

    January 13, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      All the best with your application! I’m sure you’ll get a decision soon. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! 🙂

      January 16, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
  • Olga B.

    Good luck on your move and job hunt!

    January 19, 2017 at 2:57 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      January 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

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